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How to Loosen Up A Tight Style

by Ann Ferguson
(Fair Haven, NJ)

Suggestion for a topic or a series of topics: How to loosen up a tight style, exercises to loosen up a tight style.

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Mar 25, 2014
loosening up NEW
by: Mary Ann

Start with wet paper! The best way is to wet the paper on both sides (or soak it in a clean tub of water), let the excess moisture drip off, then apply it to a non-absorbent surface (plexiglas, etc). If it is too wet for you, just take a towel and gently soak up some of the water. Your first washes will flow nicely on the paper. As you approach the areas that need detail, you should use stronger paint (a brush loaded with more paint than water), so that the paint won't flow uncontrollably…..but don't be afraid of runs and blooms. Those are just happy little accidents when you are painting loose!

Feb 13, 2009
Loosen up with Watercolour
by: Shirley

As a teacher I get asked this all the time. I am a very loose painter myself. To loosen up.

1.Paint fast do some 15 min paintnings.

2.Draw the subject 1st in contour ( keeping the pencil on the paper. This helps to join up shapes when painting.

3.Allow your paint to run on the paper.

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