by Katrina Pete
12×16 inch watercolor on Arches 300lb cold pressed paper
My technique for my floral paintings involves a ‘wet-into-wet’ wash of color over damp paper. This is how I achieved the soft background effects. Heavier paper like 300lb Arches works very well with this method. It doesn’t buckle or warp under the wet paint, and remains much flatter than my 140lb paper. I still used tape along the edges and it stayed flat even after the paper dried. I painted a few branches into the wet wash, allowing them to fade a bit into the background. After the first wash dried, I added more layers of detail in the flowers and branches.