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Thread: Dry a layer?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011

    Dry a layer?

    I'm pretty new to Artrage and I couldn't find any post on this previously so I figured I'd dive in with this question.

    Is there a way to dry watercolor?
    Say that I've laid down a wash on the canvas and if this was real life watercolor, I'd wait until this had dried before adding any more color.
    Is there a way to dry a layer, or is the only way to create a new layer to paint in?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    NC, USA
    Hi Erikun, and welcome to the forums.

    Aside from working on a new layer, as you mentioned, there are a couple options you could look into.

    The first option is using the Insta-dry feature. By turning this setting on, any new watercolor paint added to the layer will be applied over the existing paint. The downside to this, is that it won't really react at all with the old paint (almost like using a new layer), which is can be an issue if one is hoping to create a bleeding effect.

    This leads me to the second option, which I happened upon during my experiments with the tool. If you select the Eraser tool and turn it's pressure down to 0%, you can use it to dry specific areas of the watercolor layer, without actually picking up any paint (if you're using a pressure sensitive pen tablet, be sure to rub lightly). Doing this, one can dry one section of a wash, while leaving the other section wet, allow for new color bleeds. I've attached a quick example of this in the screen shot below. On the bottom left side I used the normal settings for the watercolor tool, wet on wet, with no eraser use. On the bottom right, I used the eraser to dry the top part of the blue wash (the red arrow points to this area), then used the watercolor tool (default settings), to apply a stroke of red color across the blue wash. Notice that even though the color itself blends like it should, the mark it makes on the top half of the stroke reacts as though it's being applied to dry canvas, but the lower half of the stroke reacts with the still wet paint area, and blends into it.

    Here are a couple of links that may be of some extra help: Link 1 Link2

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    oops, completely forgot that I had posted this question. Thank you for your advice, I'm going to try those techniques out.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2020
    Dear, how long need to wait for color dried up?
    I use oil paint.

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