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Intuitive Art Making: Simple Abstract Watercolor and Ink Techniques

teacher avatar Elisabeth Wellfare, Artist, Art Educator

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Project Description

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Wet on Wet Painting Technique

    • 5. Paper Towel Blotting

    • 6. Salt

    • 7. Cheesecloth and Coffee Filters

    • 8. Plastic Wrap

    • 9. Bubble Packing Sheets

    • 10. Inking Techniques

    • 11. Final Project

    • 12. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

If you have ever wanted to explore abstract watercolor but felt overwhelmed by this medium or want to explore the possibilities of watercolor then this is the class for you! 

In this class we will be using several intuitive art making exercises that explore the range of ways you can work with watercolor allowing for happy accidents, experimentation, and creative play. Then after our watercolors are dry we'll go back into them with various inking techniques to explore the imagery and design that emerges. 

Elisabeth loves to approach her art making with a sense of fun and experimentation, letting her intuition guide her. She has many years experience applying these skills in her own art making and has taught these skills to her high school art students. You’ll walk through the same steps she does to quickly get into making art without the worry about what to create or how it should look.

In this class you’ll learn:

  • How to use watercolor to create abstract artworks
  • Various techniques to create different types of textures and surface treatments: wet on wet, paper towel blotting, salt, cheesecloth and coffee filters, plastic wrap, and bubble packing sheets
  • Basic ink techniques that you can incorporate into your watercolor paintings

In the end you’ll have several intuition inspired artworks that showcase your new watercolor and ink abilities.

Whether this is the first time you’ve worked with watercolor or it’s a medium you’ve used before you’ll learn something new that you can incorporate into your art. 


Watercolor Paints: watercolor tubes in a variety of colors or a watercolor pan set

Watercolor Brushes - larger such as sizes 10, 12, or 14 are recommended

Watercolor Paper - any kind, cut to around 5" x 7"

Container to hold water

Paper towel


Cheesecloth or Coffee Filter

Plastic Wrap

Bubble Packing Sheets

Micron Pens, Sharpies, or any ink pens you have access to

Meet Your Teacher

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Elisabeth Wellfare

Artist, Art Educator


Hi, I'm Elisabeth Wellfare a United States based artist and art educator with seventeen years high school Art teaching experience. I also do field instruction for Art Education Student Teachers and love sharing my classroom experience with beginning teachers. In 2017 I published my first children's book which I illustrated and authored called The Dinosaur Family which is available through my website  


When not teaching I am taking care of my two adorable boys Oliver and Winston. They love to get into mommy's art studio and create alongside me.



I love sharing my own in progress and final projects so please follow my art journey on Instagram. And if you pos... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm Elizabeth, and lock them too intuitive art-making, simple abstract watercolor and ink techniques. I'm Amanda to adorable boys and have a background teaching high school art and introducing watercolor has always been one of my favorite lessons. And I can't wait to share that experience with you. In this lesson, you'll get started working quickly, making fun abstract artworks by exploring different texture and surface techniques with watercolor. I hope you have as much fun trying out these techniques as I do. And then we'll add in some inking techniques to take our pictures even further. Make sure to share your in-progress practiced images to our project section as well as your final project. I love seeing my students artistic process. That will also allow me to give you feedback along the way, as well as after you turn in your final projects. If you want to stay up to date and my newest classes, be sure to click follow below. My followers are the first to hear about these unique opportunities. Let's get creating. 2. Project Description: In this class you'll be creating an abstract watercolor and ink artwork. Watercolor and ink, or some of my favorite mediums to work with. And I loved combining the two in my abstract art works. I also love experimenting with art materials and seeing what effects I can create. The biggest goal in our class is to gain comfort working with watercolor and have fun. After viewing each video, you'll have a chance to experiment with a demonstrated watercolor techniques to see which ones you most enjoyed using. Be sure to share your in-progress practice pieces along the legs. And remember, we're experimenting with watercolor techniques, focusing on abstract imagery and just having fun. Intuitive art making is all about exploring the art-making process without any preconceived plans or judgment about what you create. Then you'll watch the inking Techniques video to learn some ways you're gonna cooperate in-country or paintings for your final project who utilize at least two of the watercolor techniques to create an abstract artwork. Once dry, you'll go back into your artwork, applying techniques to further push your imagery or design. At this point, it's okay if the project takes on a more literal image or stays abstract, there is no wrong way to complete our final project. I can't wait to see what you create. So let's get started. 3. Materials: This project, you will need a cup of water, some paper towels, you're watercolor paints and brushes. You can use any kind of watercolor paints you prefer. I like tubes, but hands work just as well. And he says brushes you like. But the bigger is battery usually for the techniques we're going to be doing. And then you'll also need all the items we're going to use to create our textures and surface treatments. So salt, plastic wrap, cheese cloth or coffee filters and bubble packing sheets will be working fast is all the techniques require that your paint me very well. So let's get going. 4. Wet on Wet Painting Technique: Watercolor, that's all about controlling how much water you use versus how much color you pick up on your brush. So to begin, you're going to want to load your brush with water and then he's really large brush for this and then just kind of squish out droplets onto my paint palette. My pain is straight out of the tube and this palette, so it's going to be really saturated. But the great thing about watercolor is that it dries and then you can reactivate it with letter. But either way you need water to activate the paint. So what all your colors that you think you might be using? We're going to start with the wet and wet technique. In general with watercolor. The more water to color you use, the lighter the color you're going to create. And the more color to water use, the darker the color you'll create. Make sure you wash your brush app when you change colors so you don't contaminate your paint palette. But if colors do get mixed together on your paint palette, it's not a problem. Just take a wet paper towel and you can kind of clean off the unwanted color and you're good to go for what I'm let me whetting your paper first. The wetter it gets, the more the color will run. So play around with this a bit to see what amount of wetness you prefer. But again, we're controlling watercolor, gioco, Crazy. Joe poor. But it does take a little bit for the paper to kind of absorb the water, but we also want to wet surface. So just kinda brush quickly across your paper. You can decide. Feel free to experiment, see what more water does. But this looks pretty good to me. I've got kind of a nice sheen, kinda nice sheen to it and see the lights reflecting. There are two ways to go about applying the paint to your paper. One option is to brush the paint on to the white paper, and the other is to lightly touch the paintbrush chip and latch the wet paper and drop the color on dependent deleted out. They create different effects. So give each one a try. You load up some color and just kinda brush it on that first technique. You can leave areas of white. It's totally up to you. Wait area. It can be really dynamic and you're painting. Or you might want to fill the whole thing with color, but we're going to let the water do the work for the wet on wet technique. So you can see as I drop it in, it starts to bleed. And then areas where the colors touch each other. Or they're gonna have the yellow is going to bleed into the rat and vice versa and create these really beautiful passages of color. And I really like bold colors when I work with really any paint medium. So you can go more of a pastel wrote. But for the most part with the techniques we're using, you're going to watch a lot of color on the paper so that you can really see the technique happen. Wet on wet. Just letting it, rushing it on and kind of letting the water do the sweeping and the movement. Another way to do it is to kind of use a little less water, load up some color, and see how it's gonna look. Nice contrast, let's add some red. And I'll load up a lot, a lot of red. And then you can just kinda touch it down or even splatter it by tapping it on your finger. And then because the paint is wet and the paper is wet, it's gonna get these really wonderful first outs of color. And then you can even take that a step further if you want to show how much work you put into the actual painting of the surfaces. I'm CIO. You can touch more down and it's kinda this cool effect. I can, can splatter again. Or you can just brush the nice color on there, let it be. So that's wet and wet. 5. Paper Towel Blotting: For our first technique, we're going to be doing the paper towel blotting technique, which is when I learned about a little earlier this year. And it will vary depending on what type of paper towel and you have I have some pretty graphic paper towel prints, ravens C, that the texture is pretty raised from the actual paper. And you can experiment with what one side versus another side of first things first, we want our wet on wet paper. You may notice that your water then where you paint with that is going to start to change colors and it kinda gets dirtier and dirtier. Sometimes you want to work with some dirty water. Just kind of create some nice effects, your colors, sometimes you don't. So as needed, feel free to change out your water minds already pretty green from just doing the one. What on what technique? I'll probably get some new water down the road. But I'm going to load up my brush. I've got my white paper and start to drop it in. Just have fun thinking about what colors are going to blend well together. There's not like good colors versus bad colors, whatever you like. But if you were to blend together or say a yellow and a violet, or a retina green or an orange and blue, you're going to get brown tones, which can be really beautiful. If that's not what we're going for in your picture, you might be a little surprised. My surface area covered, fund lines, shapes, whatever. Don't spend too much time thinking about this part of any of our paintings because ultimately if you do, you're going to be painting too slow. I'm gonna be happy with that. Wash off my brush, set it aside, and then for the paper tell blotting technique, all we're gonna do is put it down, press into it, and then lifted. And it kind of mutes the colors because it's absorbing and it's a paper towel, but it also leaves a pattern. So it's kinda hard to see there. So let's try over here and start to seed a little circles. You've impressing into hard. It's all about experimentation. Every type of paper towel is going to work differently. There. That's kinda got it. I'm gonna go back into this and paint a little bolder to see if I can make those textures pop even more. So I can really get a good example for you. So let's load up some of our inquiry and go back in here. Just let that be and really bold. And I came with a paper towel. Touch it down just not a lot there. That's a little more graphic. You can also like literally blocked it. Do more of like a fetus to hang out on the floor and the curve at your drain and get it out. Jobs and paints and the carpet, which is then it also becomes a stamp. So I picked up some green here and then I've gone over here and now it's turned itself into a stamp, which is really cool blotting, stamping. It can create kind of ghost textures or you can get something more graphic. This example, I mean the other day and you can see some of the strong circles showed up really great here. This color that hate me because the values of the colors were darker. I get more contrast just having that violet and the red in there. And then I did a different texture watercolor up here. And I'm more of a traditional woven texture and that created a totally different look. Plea router that experiment see what you can get your paper towels to do and have fun. 6. Salt: Some technique you are going to be using our wet on wet technique and I've just got some regular table salt here. You can use different salts, create different textures. But I found that just regular table salt works the best when on what technique we're going to load up our brush with water. Always make sure it's clean. So initially your brush is clean when you're changing techniques, if you're rush wasn't fully clean from painting previously, you're gonna get some of that residual color coming through, which again, happy accidents can be totally great. But that's not what I'm going for with this piece. So I wanna make sure I don't have that happen. For the cell technique, you're gonna start the same movie did for the paper towel blotting technique. Create a wet surface and then adding your paint for most of them. And but this one especially folders better, so don't be shy with your color. Just really go for it. That's the more Painter is the my reaction there's going to be with the salt crystals. And you're gonna see me using a lot of analogous colors, colors next to each other on the color wheel. That's just what I tend to be drawn towards as an artist. So you don't have to go that route. You can do any colour combinations you want, but that's why you see me doing that. Alright, I've got myself in a small container because we want to control it. Takes some of the assault, takes an assault import into the palm of your hand. This is very important because you want to control the amount of salt that you put on your paper more isn't necessarily better for this technique. Then in some of her wet areas, you're going to just kind of sprinkle sprinkle a pinch of em. And you won't see an effect right away. But what will start to happen? The paint dries is that the salt crystals will absorb the paint and pull the collar up and away as they're, and they're also dissolving. So it's going to create a really neat effect. So that's probably good. I'm gonna put myself back in there and they'll want to spill it. So you've gotta lead closer backup. Then you just set it aside. You set it off to the side and wait for it to dry. And what happens is you're gonna get an effect like this. Sometimes you're gonna still see areas where the salt is still on there. So after this dried, I brushed off the salts. This uncanny be abrasive Bruce game. So you can do logs fully eating if you want to on your hands or use a soft clean cloth and I rub it off. But you can tell that the technique varies depending on the amount of water, the amount of color, and the amount of salt that you put down. So some of these bigger areas, the salt really sucked up the color and created these really kind of cool crystal edges. And then in some areas it kinda, it dissolves, but not all the way. So I've got this ray surfaces, you can hear it. There's still salt there. What I really like it, I love the variation that it creates, and I chose this for the background, for this piece of identity. So give this one a try and post your results for our project section. 7. Cheesecloth and Coffee Filters: This techniques, another one where the color is gonna get snapped up by the cheese cloth for the coffee filter, you can use either one. If you can't find cheese cloth and you still want to, you want to use this in your pieces in the future. But lots of color down. Don't be afraid if it collides. Again, we're pretty fast. So don't spend too much time stressing about what's happening with the color. Remember, these are all just practice. We're gonna go back and choose some of these to use in our final project. So they're just referenced there. Just practice. Just have some fun with it. I'm gonna go a little while into ruins and orange to just to kinda put in some variation. Okay, have I painted surface now? Got munchies class. And the more you put it together, or the more you space it out, it's going to change the way it looks. I'm gonna do cheese cloth on one section of this, and then I'm gonna do coffee filters on the other. So you can see the difference in the end. Press it down, let it be wrinkly, wrinkly or the battery you can, even if you wanted to, you could even go back in and put even more color and let it lead through. It's going to change the way it looks. So just know. That's going to alter the technique a little bit, but it's all about experimenting and seeing what can happen. Any new ideas you have along the way, go for it. Alright, we have our coffee filters. We don't want to spread it out flat because we want the texture. So we're going to fill it up and you can tear them into different shapes if you want to think, let us men political hurts a little bit. And then put it down and press just like a colored techniques for almost all our techniques. You have to wait. So put it kinda where you want it. You want as many pieces you want there. If I wanted to hear another little bit for a fair say when I'll really textured picture. I'm going to finish this up and put it up there just to kind of fill in that spot and then set it aside and let it dry. And what's going to happen is when you take a cheese cloth off after it's dry, you're gonna get beautiful areas like this and your picture. Sometimes it registers more or less depending on the amount of water, the amount of paints, and the way that she's classes kinda bunch. But you can see the line work of the cheese cloth weave in there, which is really, really cool. So this is the cheese cloth when it dries. And then the coffee filter does this kind of effect. It'll have these really nice passages where it's pulled the color up and then areas where it didn't touch and the colour remains. And then these really beautiful edges where the color and the, and the absorption kind of met. So that's that technique. So you've got cheese cloth on the right and coffee filters on the left. Gives us wanna try and post your results to the project section. 8. Plastic Wrap: Next step is the plastic wrap technique. This is one of my favorites because you can create some interesting texture with it. And I'm gonna show you two different ways to apply it. First things first, what your paper. So much. Plastic wrap isn't absorbent, so it's not going to pull the color away. It's just gonna kinda shift it around depending on how the plastic wrap is scrunched up and pressed against your webpages service. You could do some more subtle with this one if you wanted to. But I like color. I'm just gonna go for it. Sometimes you go for it a little too much. Fns does it grabs a little wild, they're just clean your brush off a little bit. Actually pulled some globs. Am I paying off my tray? That's okay. Happy accidents. They're wonderful. Keep going with your colors. Create whatever kind of situation you want does use this time in propping all your peanut surfaces for your techniques to get more comfortable with watercolor. I right? With that. Then what you're gonna do is you're going to tariffs in plastic wrap. And there's two different ways to apply it. But the key is you don't want it smoothed out. You want it as wrinkled as you can get it. So if I wrinkled, wrinkled, wrinkled, and then I set it down and I press one way to do it. And then when I was working on a book, I was illustrating, I wanted to create some more linear aspects to the Water colors because I was using, I was quitting ground and walkable areas and different other pictures. So I started instead of just frankly it up like that, I started pulling it long ways and then putting it down and then kind of pressing and that even using my nails just to kinda help and reinforce that line work. And then you let it dry. But once it's dry, you take off the saran wrap and you've got this beautiful textures. So in this example, on the left side you can see what happens with a scrunched up plastic wrap piece. And then on this one you can kind of see the linear element, just like I did below. Scrunched up, looks like that. More pulled and elongated and stretched as you put it down and reinforced, looks like that. And then another example is this one. This one has a little bit of cheese cloth worksheet. I can buy cheese cloth, but you can see a cheese cloth and saran wrap. And if you look at the saran wrap sections, you can see if a linear work, you can see where the edges kinda got crinkled up. There's lots of things you can do with the saran wrap, sort of spirit it with that one and have fun. And if you kind of change you're my age, you could pull it up, repaint it, and stick it back down. But once it's there, it's just be done with it. Let it dry. And then once it's dry, peel it off and see the beauty that you have. Give us one a try and post your results to our project section. 9. Bubble Packing Sheets: Our final texture technique is using bubble packing sheets. So again, you're going to paints your paper with water and then a load up the color. This is another one where using more color is better and really help register those bubble shapes. Always be thinking about color to water and what's going to blend well together. The water's going to do the work for you as far as moving the paint. And we're going to put a texture on this. So it's going to change anyway. In watercolor always looks a little different. Dry, then it does wet. Don't get too attached to how it might look. Just kinda get some stuff that you have that you think looks interesting and then go for it. I've got a painted surface. This is just like plastic wrap because again, we're working with a plastic Cerberus and there's usually two different kinds of packing bubble sheets that you can get. There is the smaller bubbles or the larger bubbles they create different looks, right? So you've got the small texture versus the large lecture. This is going to give you a more uniform setup because unlike the plastic wrap, frankly it up, we're letting it go down flat. And we're letting whatever areas of those raised up bubbles touch the, what make our texture so that your paper make sure it's nice and wet, keeping copies in any shape you want to. But again, you're going to set it down just as we did the other one and gently press, don't pop the bubbles. We want those bubbles to create interesting textures in our paint. And then you've got a lot of drought when this one dries and you take it off, it will look kinda like this guy. So here you can see the smaller bubbles. I use really muted colors on this section. So you can see how it's kind of a ghost texture a little bit. There is not really bold. And then over here I use bigger bubbles. And again, I didn't put a lot of paint down on this one. I wanted to create a more, a lightness and brightness coming through. You don't see it as much. Here. I had it really saturated with paint. It was just really thick paint. So it was more, it was almost more like a stamping effect that created, you can see something similar to what you can see in the plastic wrap itself. So again, all of these varied depending on water, paint and how you apply the textured item to the surface. Give us wanna try and post your results to the project section. 10. Inking Techniques: After your opinions are dry, you can go back into them with various inking techniques to further define the texture or pull out any imagery you might find hiding within the abstract textures. Some of the inking techniques I most enjoy using and my own artworks are outlined where you search out the shapes. Here's an example where used outline. This was painted with liquid water colors, so it looks a little different and it was also what? On dry paper. Otherwise it would have had more bleeding. But I did the painting. And then after it was dry, I went back in and kind of sought out these edges to define them more. This one has that to these shapes were edges that I found in the picture. And he does areas that are the white with a line going through it. Those are all outlined address. So in its most basic sense, you could draw your inclines first and then paint inside them. But for what we're doing, we're really focusing on intuitive art making and kind of discovering textures as we try different watercolor techniques. So you would paint the painting first and then go back in. This one. I might go back in and kind of ink these edges to define the shapes more and kind of create another layer to the piece. Another technique you can use is hatching. When you use hashing, all of your lines go in the same direction or follow the same path. You can have it be straight or you could kind of do a bend to it like if you were doing a hashed picture of an animal that had for who would follow the line of the for, the closer together you're hatch marks are lined up. Or the darker the value you're gonna get and the more you space them out to the later the value you're gonna get to a hashing I used in this one, not for shading, but just to create texture. I've got kind of even hatching happening in the whitespaces. And then in these darker space where it went over the watercolor, I just kind of created these like mountain rises and falls. And then I outlined where the top edges are to create that edge. Then another technique you can use is scribbling. This one's really fun because you're scribbling wishes always really fun to do. And don't have any ink texture. The more scribbles I layer up, the darker the value I'm gonna get. And then as I space them out and make them less and less, present the lighter the value. So this is another great way to add depth and texture to your picture. This watercolor originally started on a wet, was a wet surface. Not all of it. That's how I got these lights, harsh edges. And then I used a straw to below these out. But then for the inking and it's hard to seek and really dark, it's really saturated paints, but I use some scribbling texture in there to kind of further define the edges and kind of give it just a hint of shading. I didn't want to go to literal. I just wanted to kinda seem sort of like an octopus or a jellyfish that's scribbling and action. Then you can just use some line work. Aside from outlining, you can just layer line or partial shapes. I really, really enjoyed doing this in IP says. So again, back to this one. I really love geometry and kind of creating the balance between really geometric defined forms and more organic shapes. This one, I get out the ruler and I just kind of started intuitively going in and placing lines wherever it made sense to me and went from one to the next. For this one, I got out my circle stencils as you all have it out in pencil first. So that's where you can kind of see some ghost line there from the pencil. But I only inked part of each circle. They didn't wanna define it, didn't want to break this light part up, for example, by putting a partial line, cutting it off. So I kind of let the line coming go for those shapes. So you can tell they're circles in the piece. They're not dominating everything that's happening. And saying like I am a circle or like I'm part of a circle, made it more unified for me. Also, close up your Lyons and we're gonna shapes to add texture. So some of my favorite ones are to do circles. I vary the circle size because again, the closer together the line work, the darker the value and then the more you space it out, but later the value. And then I do the same thing in some pieces with rectangles. These are just the two shapes I'm drawn to you and they've worked well for me as far as creating some unity and some cohesion, but also some interest. And so for that, this has a lot going on. Some examples of the circle work there. And then there's some examples of kind of the rectangle shapes. And I don't worry too much about perfection. I just latch. Let the intellect, the pen wander and kind of let my intuition guide me as far as where needs more Anchor wearing, less. And then the end you can see most of the big piece. Those are some ways you can teal lines and shapes. And then the last one is high-contrast. We'd have a combination of line work. But you can also have these solid filled in areas in this I use for my inking. I either do micron or lately I've been doing a lot of bullet journaling and I've really and in love with these SIP appends CBA. Sure, I'm saying it wrong, but these are fantastic. They both are great. I do again and draw the shapes out roughly with those. But then for these big areas, I either go back in and paint in the solid areas of black or I get off the Sharpie with a good tip to it and fill them in carefully. And again, let my intuition kinda decide where it needs to be black, where it needs to stay. The openness of the painted surface is one example of that where I've got some, I've got my sum circles going on. I've got some texture. I created it because it's kind of reminded me of fish scales. I also did Sharpie, instead of these more delicate pens, more bold circles. And I wanted to contrast that with these thinner lines that I decided to put in here for the scale texture. But then I went in with a Sharpie and I wanted to contrast the geometric controls prolly of everything else that was happening and go more to the organic nature of the original painting. So that's how these solid black, more blobby, organic shapes can be came about. And another example of that is a cease. So again, I really like circles, I really like line like a specific shapes. These shave tends to show up a lot in my pieces over the years. But in doing this, I originally started with all the line work and it just felt too busy. I needed to have some like areas of breast. So I decided to go in with a Sharpie and kind of use the paint. So this, this edge I found in my painting and chose to have that be defining Edge within this halfs or phone. And then made and all that section black and let to the same thing in other areas. So this one has a lot going on. This has the outlining, this has line that says contrast. This has shapes to different kinds of shapes. So you can see the cheese cloth technique texture in there to think that's the only one I used in this piece. So inking just really, your work, your watercolor work to a whole new level. So I really, really hope that you explore adding that aspect to your pieces because it can really do some amazing things. Take some time to experiment with these techniques and try adding them to your watercolor texture practice pieces. Let's see what combinations you most enjoy using. Share your thoughts about using these techniques and our discussion board. I'd love to hear which ones you most enjoy using and feel free to post any questions you have along the way. Make sure you share your practice pieces to our project section so we can all see what wonderful textures you are creating and what watercolor ink techniques you are putting together. I can't wait to see how you apply to your watercolors. 11. Final Project: For your final project, you'll create a larger artwork that combines various watercolour name techniques you've practiced along the way. How big you choose to go is up to you. But remember that all of our watercolor techniques require a wet Painted Surface, so I recommend going no larger than eight by ten inches. But go back to your practice examples and choose at least two watercolor techniques to use in your final project. Which ones did you most enjoyed creating with? Which techniques do you think work best together? There is no wrong answer to these questions. Go with whatever your intuition tells you. You are more than welcome to combine more than two watercolor techniques, but be sure to use at least two. Using multiple techniques in a single artwork may take some time as, as you may need to wait for areas to try before going back into them with additional paint and technique work. Or to apply your second technique, the open to experimentation, happy accidents, and make sure to have fun in the process than when you're painting is dry. Spend some time looking at over and seeing which areas you'd like to emphasize or contrasts with ink techniques or no wrong ideas. All you need is a starting point and then let your intuition guide you along the way. 12. Final Thoughts: I hope you enjoyed exploring water coloring techniques with me and had fun creating your intuitive abstract art works. The techniques we learned in class can be applied to many different styles of watercolor painting. And the eight techniques can be used on their own or can be combined with colored pencil or oil passed out. I can't wait to check out your in-progress and final project photos. So be sure to share those in our projects section if you enjoyed this class and Linda here about feature sculpture classes, I'll be teaching. Be sure to click the follow button.