VAR­IE­GATED EDGES

International Artist - - Watercolour Workshop -

A var­ie­gated edge is used to in­ter­mit­tently break and soften a hard edge that is at­tract­ing too much at­ten­tion. The process is sim­i­lar to soft­en­ing a hard edge, but the edge is only soft­ened in a few places to ease back the at­ten­tion it draws. Vary­ing the size and spac­ing of these soft­ened ar­eas helps the edge blend into the paint­ing.

The dis­tant moun­tain in this paint­ing was ap­plied as a solid, hard edged mark then bro­ken and ma­nip­u­lated in a few places with a clean, damp brush. This process has to be car­ried out quickly as once the paint starts to dry, prob­lems will arise. The river­banks were also soft­ened and bro­ken in a sim­i­lar man­ner.

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