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New Technique for translucent petals with digital watercolours
I tried this today because I wanted the light to seem to be coming through the layers more.
"Translucent: allowing light to pass through, but only diffusely, so that objects on the other side cannot be clearly distinguished." Just checked the dictionary in Word for a definition to make sure I was using the right word.
Digital watercolour variants in Corel painter 12.1 often don't have the translucent quality that I expect them to when I paint with them.
I have found that calibrating the brushes and squeezing the angle of a circular dab brush makes a nice brush for applying a digital watercolour stroke. Varying the pressure will vary the intensity of the colour and the width of the stroke mimicking a traditional watercolour brushstroke a little more. The Hue and Value are set to change very slightly too.
The brush I used for this was my DWC Wedge with fringe which is in my new Floral Watercolour Set which is not released as yet, but it is so easy to make your own. Check out all the brush settings in the illustration. Start with a Circular dab, digital watercolour, digital wet abrasive and go from there.
DWC Wedge brush with fringe is a staple brush of mine. I use it with different fringe levels, at different angles and sizes, and of course with diffusion on and off.
Most of the strokes needed some blending , but I wanted to keep some of the edges. Before I experimented on the layer, I duplicated it, locked it and hid it from view. Then I did my diffusing and blending on my petal and it was looking kind of opaque so I reduced the opacity of the layer by about half and turned the hidden from view layer back on. It was obviously too dark, so I reduced it's opacity as well. Lo and behold the two layers together had a different look that appeared more translucent to me (at the time anyway! lol!)
I'm going to experiment more with mulitple digital layers. I was obviously using more than one digital watercolour before, but had not duplicated the layer and blended differently on each one, then changed the opacity according to what I wanted to show through more.
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