Granulating your watercolor paint emphasizes the texture of painted rough subjects or high contrast complex shadows. I love the mottled granular appearance of the separated paint pigment. The effect is unique to watercolor paint and can be used to transform colors that have a smooth wash.

Are you inspired by the possibilities?

Once you know how to make watercolors granulate as covered in this tutorial, “Granulating Your Watercolors,” you will be able to create wonders- landscapes, skies, fabric, fur, tree bark, hair, and etc.

Why does watercolor paint granulate?

There was not a lot of information on why a particular watercolor paint pigment will separate and the same color pigment in a different brand will not. Or, why only certain pigments will and others will not.

From practice, I know which colors of mine are great for the granulation technique and how to trigger it. I experimented with the granulation watercolor technique and am sharing my findings.

In my tutorial “Granulating Your Watercolors,” I cover the basics and give you 5 landscape pictures from my personal collection to paint as practice.

Video Transcription

I love the luminosity and depth unique to watercolor. The transparency allows for unpredictable textures as the pigment is brushed over the paper.

In this class, “Granulating Your Watercolors”, students will learn how to create interesting textures by granulating watercolor paint. I will cover supplies and which colors granulate best.

This class requires minimal experience. Follow along as I demonstrate how to easily paint scenery with granulated texture.

For your class project, share a painting using one of the given examples or one of your own inspirations!

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