The quality and variety of your edges in watercolour make a huge difference. Getting control of your edges will take your work to the next level. We are taking about lost/found and hard/soft. If we are being thorough we might talk about broken edges too, but I will leave that for another day!
Looking at the flowers below you can see the four types of edges:
Hard – a district change in colour or tone
Soft – a gradual change from one tone or colour to another
Lost – an edge becomes so soft that two areas of similar tone or colour merge to become one shape.
Found – a special hard edge, often in relation to Lost, or painted via negative painting.
So how do we achieve these?
Hard – wet on dry. They can have energy and attract attention. Used too much and your work may look cut out or very ‘shouty’.
Soft – work wet on wet, use a damp brush or spray bottle to soften wet paint, use a damp flat brush to scrub a dry edge,
Direction of edges matters
When softening an edge you can work towards it with a wet brush or away. If you want more control work towards it. If you want to pull some paint, work away. This makes a HUGE difference.
If you want to find out more please watch this short YouTube film: https://youtu.be/zLqjAYTbRJo