Watercolor Demo: Scraping Methods

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Today I'm going to show you how to scrape out some areas to get trees, a fence, or rocks using a razor blade, and a little paint scraper and perhaps a brush tip you have. It's a fun way to get texture and to get some interesting shapes.

If you look at the paper when it's wet you will see a kind of glisten, and what you want is the glisten between dull and bright--and that's something you only learn by doing and from experience. If it's too wet, the paint will just run back into where you scraped, if it's too dry, nothing happens. This is the paint pusher we have at Cheap Joe's, it has all kinds of sides on it. It gives you a nice tree effect. What I'm doing is just laying this flat on the paper and pulling it sideways. We can pull some little limbs up here, but be careful because you can get carried away with it, I do that.

Let's put a fence in back through here. I'm going to take a razor blade and show you the same thing. I hold it flat, this is the utility blade, and just pull it over. Take the edge of it, and with quite a bit of pressure, pull it up through there. You can get a whole bunch of trees in there at one time and they look like they're way back there. I'm also going to put in some of these fence posts back in there and perhaps he has a brace in them like that.

You can actually scrape out some weeds and things, too, if you want. See those popping in, isn't that fun? Perhaps we could scrape out a fallen tree here and the limbs are coming out from it.

That's an easy way to get texture into an area that needs some. Just be careful not to get too carried away with it because it is so much fun.

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