Watercolour Washes 101
by Piet van Wyk de Vries
This is they way I do it. There are many ways to do this but you will later find your own way. Here is a good place to start playing.
First, we will put a coat of future on the model. Here is what you need: I use the smaller brush for items like the landing gear, and the bigger one for the skin. They are very soft brushes. Also you need some future (or what ever it is called in your country)
Now I put the brush on the model and I spread the future around. That one dip was enough for the whole side. I brush it until it is spread evenly.
When you ever want to start doing washes with oil paints, you will need more coats, but for me with watercolour I find one or two coats enough. The dull shine helps the watercolour stick.
For this exercise I only put one coat.
I now use the smaller brush to put future on this wheel strut.
I also have some paper towel and cotton buds and some water.
Brush your teeth or eat and apple before proceeding.
I use the dark brown and a little black. I mix them with water like I want. Sometimes you want a lot of water, sometimes very little with the paint. When you experiment you will find your own way.
You can also mess over the lines a bit if you like.
You can then take a dry cotton bud and roll it over the lines you painted while they are still wet or a bit dryer, to remove some paint and get an effect you like.
Sometimes the results are very nice and heavily weathered. Be creative. Don't paint the whole panel line, vary the darkness and dirt amount. If you like, try different things.
Sometimes you want to remove a little of your wash, but you find that the wet cotton bud or paper towel removes too much or all of your hard work.
Then you breathe on the model like when you clean your glasses. This is why you must brush your teeth, otherwise your model will stink
After you breathe on it, wipe it quickly with a dry paper towel. This way you only remove a little paint at a time, and you can control your effect.
I don't have to wipe the gear if it is not necessary. Let's move on to the tail.
I will do a different wash here. First I fill the panel lines with paint.
I then use the thin brush again with some thicker paint (a different shade here) to fill in some of the rivet lines.
Remember, you don't have to use this technique on wings only. You can use any technique on any part. You be the artist and decide.
Now I use a paper towel to wipe the tail. The towel can be dry or a little wet. You can wipe right away or wait a bit for the wash to dry. The longer you wait the more that wash will "stick". Experiment with this and remember that if you screw up you just take a big brush with a lot of water and a wet towel and wipe it all off.
Now I take a wet cotton bud and remove any parts I still want gone. Here I am wiping between the rivet lines, to make it cleaner and nicer.
But maybe I am still not finished.
I still want some more definition on the control surface, so I paint the line in nice and dirty.
I then roll a dry cotton bud over it to soak up some wet paint, but not all.
Until I achieve a good result