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MIX218 - Make Your Mark
Challenge Title: Make Your Mark
Hostess: UnderstandBlue (Lydia)
Gallery for the challenge: MIX218
Hey everyone - welcome to another mixed media challenge.
Today is about what you take AWAY from a medium to create texture and interest. One great way to make texture in watercolor is with "mark making" - using wet watercolor and tools to make textures like grasses, clouds etc.
This technique works best on cold press watercolor paper, or any mixed media paper that can take a lot of water.
The easiest way to start is with clouds. Paint water and blue pigment on your paper, and then blot with a paper towel or absorber to create clouds for a sky on your card.
For grasses, put down wet green pigment and use a palette knife or the end of a paintbrush to make strokes in the pigment to create grass.
On both of my samples, I used the absorber in wet pigment to lift color for clouds, and also made grass on one sample.
You can add a lot to your project with these subtractive techniques! Use at least one other medium on your project and remember - HAVE FUN!