Are you just getting started with watercolors? The wash is THE essential process to know and master!
This is watercolor basics. To apply a flat wash, you need to dilute some color in water, then apply it uniformly to part of the composition (to paint a sky, for example) or to the whole sheet of paper (to create the background).
It just takes four steps!
Before starting to apply your wash, test its strength on a piece of scratch paper, because watercolors tend to get paler when dry!
Reminder: prepare your paper the way you would for any wet on wet technique! Attach it to a backing and wet it with a sponge by sweeping from right to left and from top to bottom. Otherwise, use a fairly rigid pad glued on four sides.
Note! Is the phone ringing? Is there someone knocking at the door? Too bad! Don’t stop applying your wash or you'll be stuck with a sharp edge that's very hard to touch up!