There’s nothing quite so satisfying as laying down a smooth wash! It can be difficult though, so here are some tips on how to achieve one:

First, paint on a surface that’s either completely dry or completely wet; i.e. using wet-on-dry or wet-in-wet watercolor techniques. This will allow your wash to be consistent and easy to control. Start from the top of the page and work your way down to the bottom. It would help to work on a tilted surface as you do this, so that gravity can help to pull the paint down.

Next, make sure you prepare enough paint for your wash so you can finish laying it down without interruption. Pausing between strokes may allow the paint on the page to dry, and if you attempt to continue afterwards, you’ll end up with a streaky wash.

Finally, if you’d like to add layers to the wash, make sure the previous layer has dried completely before you lay down the next one.

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