Get to grips with the wet-in-wet painting technique

Wet-in-wet is a painting technique that can often cause frustration. This method is where additional paint is added into a wet section of the paper. Problems usually arise from an inconsistent amount of water in the combined mixes. Paint may disperse too wildly, or irregularities such as runbacks – when a wetter part of the paper pushes pigment at the edge of a dryer part into a characteristic wavy line – may result. These effects can be desirable, but often they're not wanted!

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Jem Bowden paints and teaches watercolour full time, with a focus on landscapes. He gives demonstrations, runs workshops, and tutors on residential painting holidays.