Intensifying Watercolor Effects

Along the Acequia, mixed media, 13.5 x 10.5
Along the Acequia, mixed media, 13.5 x 10.5

Collectors of my latest series including this work, "Along the Acequia," have asked how I have achieved the lively, bright colors.  I often use acrylic watercolor and mix it with regular watercolor paints. Acrylic watercolor is acrylic paint thinned with water, or watercolor mixed with acrylic medium. I like the liquid or medium viscosity acrylics, as they feel about the same as watercolor. It has some distinct advantages over standard watercolor: it is permanent and there are some great metallic and iiridescent colors available. Another way of intensifying color is by adding a little Gum Arabic to watercolor paint.  The medium makes application of watercolor more fluid, easier to control and serves to put back some of the natural sparkle and brightness of watercolor.  



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