Layered Textures


This project is about applying paint in layers using different materials and experimenting with overlapping shapes and textures.

Materials used:

Masking fluid, Watercolour paint and White High Flow paint.


Fan, flat and triangular or dagger (angled brush)

Painted Project

The painting in the demo has been started with random round shapes in masking fluid, applied with a balloon. I also have some masking tape shapes.

Create your own shapes, it is best to keep it simple.

A translucent layer of green watercolour paint (Veridian, Pthalo blue and Hansa Yellow) is painted over the whole page and the fan brush is used to create darker sections and splatters. Once dry, the masking fluid is taken off. With the silicon sponge, a mixture of red and pink is applied to create simple floral or circular shapes.

Experiment with pressure, transfer of colour and translucency. Incorporate sections of painted detail by transferring them from the watercolour paper to the artwork. You can also apply detail with the flat brush by stamping it. Build more layers by adding detail such as stamping with a Q tip (cotton bud) or paintbrush. Experiment with paint on dry areas and wet areas. White high flow can be printed with the silicon sponges to create petals or other shapes: note how it could be transparent or more opaque depending on what it is printed on.

If the sheet is still damp with watercolour paint it will not be opaque. You can paint over sections as well, using the printed areas as guide. Paynes Gray had bee added as the last layer, to add more depth, a triangular or sword brush is ideal for finer detail.

It is important to use this project for experimenting and free playing, use simple basic shapes and add detail.

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