One of my favorite things about watercolor is the luminous transparency you can achieve through glazing. Glazing is simply allowing one layer to dry before adding a second and third layer. Generally you add no more than 3 layers to or risk the painting becoming opaque.
The main trick here is using transparent wayercolors. Some pigments are more opaque than others, so this is extremely important.
My go- to's , aureleon yellow, rose madder, viridian, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue.
Using these pigments to build glazes and value will allow you to paint beautiful swaths of light and shadow in your paintings .
As you glaze, remember to use light layers of pigment, and a light touch so you dont remove the layer underneath. Build value using your staining, darker pigments: alizarin and ultramarine. The contrast of value will add to the luminous quality you're looking for.
I think this slideshow demonstrates the awkward "puberty "stage your paintings will go through before they are finished. If you know this beforehand and anticipate it, You won't be as likely to give up!!
Hope you will try some glazing today! Youre paintings will transform before your eyes!