Poured watercolor- basic explanation

I have been posting a images online of the “poured watercolor” process. Most people have never heard of pouring watercolor and I have been flooded with questions. Here is a basic rundown:

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Fine art watercolor painting of saffron-robed monk standing on grounds of Wat in the city of Phnom Penh- Cambodia

 

1. Mask your whitest whites with masking fluid (liquid latex).
2. Wait for mask to dry.
3. Spray surface with water.
4. Pour/drip/squirt colors on top of wet surface.
5. Move colors around by lifting paper and letting gravity move the paint
6. Put paper down when you are happy with results. Let dry.
7. Repeat all the steps above.

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Fine art watercolor painting of woman counting prayer beads at Wat in the city of Yangoon (Rangoon)- Myanmar (Burma)

Finally:

Remove masking fluid. Pray for good results.

Watercolor painting of gondola boats on Piazza San Marco at sunset in the medieval city of Venice- Italy

Watercolor painting of gondola boats on Piazza San Marco at sunset in the medieval city of Venice- Italy

 

Sounds complicated, right? Here is a step by step progression of a painting:

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(Mask highlights.  Pour light-mid values)

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(Mask sky area and additional areas of towers and foreground buildings)

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(Pour darks.  Remove masking)

Fun, huh?

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