Watch artist Redd Walitzki in the studio while she paints watercolor details like long hair and portrait shading
Music: Rasputina "Wish You Were Here"
This is where the painting gets tighter and more precise. With this wet on dry (meaning the paper is dry where we are putting paint down), its all about slowly building up areas of color and details. I've prepped my piece by printing the initial drawing very lightly onto the watercolor paper (at about 20% opacity), and by this point there are already some very pale color washes on most areas to keep me on track for the overall look of the piece. Before this stage, I also already laid in a background with a wet on wet watercolor and a lot of salt techniques.
In this video, I'm mostly starting to add detail and definition to the long hair. This just takes a lot of patience while you slowly refine the painting. Since you can't really blend in watercolor, I tend to build things up slowly, adding as I go. You can see me using a color blotting palette in some of the shots (I'm using it the rest of the time too, but its off-screen). That gives me a chance to see if my paint is light/dark enough before I put it down on the painting. I have the reference photo on the monitor next to me, so I can look back and forth between it and the painting, But its good to only use the reference where you need to, and also let the paint do what it wants to in some areas.
Remember to take it slow with watercolor, and build as you go, to get this sort of look. You can't "undo" a color once its placed down, which is why I build it up so gradually, But the end result is really soft and ethereal, so try to just slow down and enjoy the process!