Arty tip of the month – Embracing the Beauty of ‘Wet in Wet’ in Watercolour on World Art Day (Apr 24)

a turquoise and blue close up of a watercolour painting focusing on soft hues created by a wet in wet technique.

This month, I’m thrilled to share my arty tip of the month, the beautiful technique of ‘wet in wet’ in watercolour painting. Where each brushstroke becomes a moment of discovery. However, there are a few pitfalls. Watch my video to find out how to avoid these potential problems.




World Art Day, celebrated annually on April 15th is a global event dedicated to promoting the importance of Art in our world.

On this special day, let’s talk about the fabulous technique of ‘wet in wet’, the technique where colours blend and flow freely upon the paper. This technique involves applying watercolour paints onto a wet surface, which encourages colours to mingle and interact with each other, creating delicate new shades.


One of the most captivating aspects of ‘wet in wet’ is its unpredictability. As the colours interact, they form unique shapes and textures that are impossible to replicate with precision. This spontaneity encourages artists to embrace experimentation and let go of any rigid control, creating a sense of freedom and playfulness in the creative process.


There are a few pitfalls with using this technique and in my latest video, I discuss and demonstrate a few of these issues. Problems like mixing complementary colours, not wetting the paper enough, and not mixing your colours thick enough. I hope this video helps you to overcome these problems. Let me know what you think in the comments section.


As we celebrate World Art Day, let’s honour the timeless tradition of watercolour painting and the versatility of the ‘wet in wet’ technique. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your creative journey, I encourage you to explore the possibilities of watercolour. Find the joy of painting just for the sake of it. Grab your brushes, embrace the magic of ‘wet in wet,’ and let your imagination go wild on this special day. Happy World Art Day!


If you’ve liked my hints and tips this month and you’d like to learn more, why not take a look at my online courses



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🎨✨ Exciting News Alert!

I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been accepted again to the prestigious art event, Springfling 24, Scotland’s Premier Art and Craft Open Studios event, taking place across Dumfries and Galloway from 25 to 27 May 2024.

Join me at my temporary weekend studio located in the beautiful Annandale Parish Church, Moffat, Dumfriesshire. I’ll be sharing my weekend studio with the talented printmaker Richard Foster. and nearby, the fantastic ceramic artist Rebecca J Woods will be showcasing her work in her own studio.

We’d love to meet you.