Watch artist Redd Walitzki use a variety of wet on wet watercolor techniques on one of her paintings.
I started by washing out an area of the background with clean water. Then I went over the same area with a highly pigmented blue (mix of Ultramarine and Mayan Blue). The pigment bleeds to the edge of the wet area, so the edge of my shape can stay clean and precise.
Then I dripped Oxgall liquid into the wet paint. The Oxgall breaks the bonds between the pigment and adds granulation. After adding the oxgall, the paint spread out and was diluted, so I dripped more color into that area.
Finally I sprinkled a fine flake salt in the area where I wanted the most varied texture. The salt pulls pigment out of the wet paint, leaving a faint star effect. The combination of the oxgall and salt creates a complex and beautiful texture once dry.
In the final shot you can see what the finished dry texture is like. The final shot is with a macro lens so you can really observe all the tiny little details.
I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into how I work!
Music: Sigur Ros "Heysatan"