I started this Technique Corner Post in May as II in the subject of wet blending.  Life got in the way with our buyer backing out shortly before closing. Our place had bee pending for six weeks and we had been scrambling for the closing. Now we have signed for a home in Anacortes with the closing set for Sept 7. May all go well!!

Meanwhile we are savoring the beautiful summer here on the island but there has not been ONE prospective buyer out since we have been listed

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I came across this start of a Technique Corner blog this morning (7/28) and decided best to just post as is.

Another way we use wet blending a great deal is wetting an area that has edges on only one side and then getting out after the color is blended.

Often when you are doing this you are painting on the area you want to put behind another.

I wondered how to show this and started with a painting a did in a class last summer, painted specifically to help a student understand how to get the impression of the forest, rather than painting every leaf. It is some place in Scotland.

Let’s say we decide the forest in the foreground is too breathy, indistinct… We decide that the area between the bottom and the left support could have some more interest.

We draw in the new shapes and here you can see how I have wet an area back from the pencil line.

You can see he shine.

I start with a little blue green similar to the color there, but then decide it is too same and I want to warm it a little. I add orange and blend that with the green which makes a dull orange.  But notice the back edge.  How do we get rid of that?

You rinse your brush out and go over the colors until the edge disappears.



  • Take the color up to the edge of the shape you DO NOT want to paint.
  • Have enough water and color on your brush that it does not go on as a hard line
  • Rinse your brush, blot  the lightly
  • Pick up the outer edge of the new color and thin it out

You now have a small area of wet on wet. Charge it with a second color, in this case green (see right)

  • When satisfied use a third stroke of clear water, brush blotted, until no sign of the color remains on the outer (right in this case) edge

7/28  So that is as far as I got and I don’t have any more photos of what I was doing for the article but we use this a great deal.

Here are a few examples:

In this flower painting, study the dissolved edges behind the major flower shapes, within the fl


ower, and creating suggested background flowers.  All are done with this wet blending technique.

The same is true with the wedding gown – both the folds and the negative painting joining the edge of the figure to the background,