Edges in watercolour – 4 edges to take your work to the next level!

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

2 thoughts on “Edges in watercolour – 4 edges to take your work to the next level!”

  1. Hi Liz, just to say a big thank you for your blogs.
    I so look forward to reading and viewing them!

    Your time, expertise and enthusiasm is so appreciated!
    Margot 🙂

    1. That is lovely to hear Margot. I don’t blog as often as I should but I will continue to try. Your comments are very encouraging!

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