How to Use Stippling for Watercolor Texture
Stippling is a technique used to create art with dots. I prefer a similar effect that I like to call lazy stippling.
Basic watercolor supplies are all you need for this tutorial.
Choose several color palettes to use for the following lazy stippling exercises. You can always add others later.
Lazy Stippling Monochrome in real time: instead of dots ... tap, drag, and squiggle your brush along the page, leaving areas of white space.
We'll speed up the rest.
A look at color. Analogous colors are next to each other (red, orange, yellow). Complementary colors are across from each other (purple/red, green).
When blending, be aware of your colors. Analogous (right) blend well. Complementary colors (left) can get muddy. (Do you see how they turn brown?)
To blend colors ... analogous colors (yellow, coral, pink) ... work the texture beside the first color before bringing them together.
When I blend complementary colors, I try to use a neutral color in between them. Like the gray here.
Try different sized brushes. A larger brush makes wider stippling while a smaller brush is more detailed and compact.
Try different shapes ... like a rectangle,
or any shape you like.
Use it for layering. Keep the first layer lighter.
Let it dry. Add a darker second layer.
Use lazy stippling layering to make a tree. Notice how the layering adds depth.
Use it as a background for lettering ...
But most of all, have fun exploring the options.
Try these other lazy stippling tutorials: turtle lettering
and a lavender bouquet.
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