Edges can be broken down into a simple concept for watercolor. It’s either wet paint on dry paper to create a “hard edge” or wet paint on wet paper to create a “soft edge”. The combination and use of these 2 edges in watercolor is called a “variegated edge.” However, edges can be created in a variety of ways. Every artist will use edges to create a certain “effect” or “impression” in his/her watercolor.
Edges in watercolor also have their roots in flat, graduated or gradient and variegated washes. A simple tonal study using a single color as a gradient wash will get you started in understand wet into wet soft edges for instance.
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