Three loose little bottle sketches, done right on top of previous "test scraps". All the stray marks already on the page help you let go of "blank page" anxiety.

Loosen Up Your Watercolor Painting—Here’s an Exercise to Try

Every time I lead a class or workshop, more than half of the participants mention the goal of “loosening up”. Here’s a skill-building exercise to help you move in that direction.

Three loose little bottle sketches, done right on top of previous "test scraps". All the stray marks already on the page help you let go of "blank page" anxiety.

Three loose little bottle sketches, done right on top of previous “test scraps”. All the stray marks already on the page help you let go of “blank page” anxiety.

2 comments

Cynthia D. Williams

Thanks! This was extremely helpful. My 2016 goal is to loosen up. I never would have thought to use my practice sheets.

Glad it helped! It seems most of us are on a never-ending quest to loosen up!