Arches watercolor paper
1½” wash brush
COLORS USED: Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue.
Mix a large amount of Dioxazine Purple and block in a large wash on the paper.
continue painting in the rest of the loose wash with a Cobalt Blue and lay in some Ultramarine Blue in the upper left corner.
Splatter with brush
drip with eye dropper
Dab with Q tips
Dipping a Q-tip into the alcohol proceed to tap and drip alcohol directly into the washes.
As the alcohol hit the wash it resists the paint, pushing it away while leaving a lighter tint of the wash and organic shapes .
As the watercolor washes continue to dry I try smaller splatters of alcohol throughout the area.
During evaporation is a peaktime for the effect to work best
You will notice a fish eye and blooms in the lighter surface of most the lighter where the color slightly darkens.
Experiment and play until you like the effect and set aside to dry keep going with technique in other color scheme. Be careful not to mix complementary because the mixture will create a muddy color but in some cases that may be exactly what you want if you are doing earth tones and landscape themes.
blue a and orange
yellow and violet
red and green
Use it with total creative abandonment and have fun!