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The rich and fresh colors you have painted on your paper in watercolor have dried…pale!
A common frustration of the medium is that the perfect colors you put on wet will often dry lighter. Glazing is needed.

Glazing in watercolor refers to the technique of adding layers of color over dry paint. Theoretically you can add many layers onto your painting, enhancing the richness of the artwork with transparent colors built up to great depth and beauty.
But what could go wrong- with watercolor, most anything!

Glazing is best done with a wash brush, shown here, and wide bands of one quick stroke. Repeated brush strokes may lift and mix the underlying paint- not what you wanted.
Also ,shown here, is that the paint could feather, going into crazy patterns that you had not planned. If this happens, you can go with the flow; make it into a cloud formation as I have here, or try to blot it off.
Blotting off color is very tricky with watercolor, it may work or may make a mess.

Another problem you may have with glazing is muddying your colors. Layers of paint may mix in an unattractive manner and turn the colors dull. Try a test run, a sample paper to see what works in layering for you.Transparent colors work best for this, as opposed to sedimentary colors. The key note here is Don’t overwork it! If it looks pretty good when dry, leave it alone!

I have shown lifting colors from the paper to create a lighter area, in this case a distant house. I just painted some water onto the area and blotted it with a paper towel. Repeat if needed.

This painting is now ready to be developed with foreground work, some trees and some layers on the front fields.

Have fun with your watercolor painting- and if it messes up, you can always tear it up and make a collage!
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