Watercolour techniques

This page is about different watercolour techniques.
The techniques I tell you about is also the techniques that I have used when painting. The paintings you find here is the same paintings that you allready can see in my blog "Gallery".

This page is allways under construction. So wellcome back to have a peek now and then!


The use of plastic:
(Cling film)

The material you need when you want to try using plastic during watercolourpainting. The plastic I use is the same I use when I wrap it around food to keep it fresh.
(To be continued!)


The use of maskingtape:

I did the same with the tape on the bottom stripes, put some colour between the two tapes, and lifted some of the colour emediatelly with a cloth, so the the stripes wouldn´t get too perfectly drawn.

_____________________________________ The use of salt:

The best moment to put the salt on the paper, is when it has just lost it´s shine from the water. I´ve learnt that if I put it on too early, it gets stucked on the paper and is hard to rub off. Leave to dry properly before you rub it off!

I have been testing my watercolours with salt. It´s good to work out a palett like this with all your colours and how they react to the salt, cause they react very differently compared to eachother.


Transparent Winston & Newton artist watercolours:
(Perfect for layering watercolourtechnique )

The underlined colours is the colours I have. But this is not complete collection of MY colours yet. I´m working on it!
Winsor Lemon
Winsor Yellow
Transparent Yellow 

New Gamboge
Winsor Yellow Deep
Indian Yellow
Scarlet Lake
Winsor Red
Rose Doré
Quinacridone Red
Permanent Alizarin Crimson 

Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Carmine 

Permanent Rose
Rose Madder Genuine
Opera Rose
Quinacridone Magenta
Permanent Magenta
Cobalt Violet
Permanent Mauve
Ultramarine Violet
Winsor Violet (Dioxazine)
Indanthrene Blue
Cobalt Blue Deep

French Ultramarine
Ultramarine (Green Shade)

Cobalt Blue
Winsor Blue (Red Shade)

Antwerp Blue
Prussian Blue
Winsor Blue (Green Shade)
Phthalo Turquoise
Winsor Green (Blue Shade) 

Winsor Green (Yellow Shade)
Terre Verte
Perylene Green

Hooker's Greeen
Permanent Sap Green
Olive Green
Terre Verte (Yellow Shade)
Green Gold 

Raw Sienna
Gold Ochre
Quinacridone Gold
Brown Ochre 

Burnt Sienna
Brown Madder
Perylene Maroon
Perylene Violet
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber

Vandyke Brown

NOT transparent colours:

Lemon Yellow (Nickle Titanate)
Bismuth Yellow
Cadmium Lemon
Lemon Yellow Deep
Cadmium Yellow Pale
Turner's Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Cadmium Orange
Winsor Orange
Winsor Orange (Red Shade)
Cadmium Scarlet
Cadmium Red
Cadmium Red Deep
Winsor Red Deep
Cerulean Blue (Red Shade)
Cerulean Blue
Manganese Blue Hue
Cobalt Turquoise Light
Cobalt Turquoise
Cobalt Green

Oxide of Chromium
Naples Yellow
Naples Yellow Deep
Yellow Ochre Light
Yellow Ochre
Magnesium Brown
Light Red
Venetian Red
Indian Red
Potter's Pink
Caput Mortuum Violet
Payne's Gray
Neutral Tint
Ivory Black
Lamp Black
Mars Black
Davy's Gray
Chinese White
Titanium White (Opaque White)


The use of sandpaper:

On this Birch painting I have used sandpaper to give the painting more light. It is an easy technique, but practise first on another piese of paper so that you don´t destroy your artwork, and make sure that you are totaly ready with your work, because you can NOT put any colours on top of sandpapered area. The paper will suck the pigments right in, and behave very differently from as NON-sandpapered areas. The use of sandpaper gives a sparkling effect when used carefully.

On this painting I wanted to get som more glowing effect from the sun on the area of the leaves. Plus I wanted the birtch more white at the bottom. It had gotten a little bit "dirty" from when I "lifted" the colour in the start. ("Lifting" is another watercolour technique that I will mention later on, another day).


  1. Beautiful..the birch painting is absolutely stunning and gorgeous, the colors are mesmerizing and this whole piece is full of poetry! So very beautiful! Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful tips and info!

  2. Thank you for sharing your tips on use of various techniques as they each are very specific and must be done a certain way...love your clarity. And I want to say "I Love Your Work".

  3. Thank you Victoria and Rochelle :)

  4. Very interesting watercolour techniques, thank you for sharing with us !!!


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