Watercolor Flat Wash

Learn how to paint a flat wash in watercolor. Perform a perfect flat wash of paint using the proper technique demonstrated here. After mastering this technique your painted areas of color/value will have no fluctuations and imperfections at all!


  1. I want to thank you so VERY much for your tutorials on flat and graded washes. I had tried and tried – with the help of books (a couple very good in many respects) and a 5-day intensive watercolour class (teacher exceptionally good in many ways). The feedback I got was “it takes practice.” So I practiced but since I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, I just kept doing it. Using your tutorials, I did virtually perfect washes right off the bat. So simple! Oh my gosh, was that a relief! I think the difference was the use of a film cannister facilitated having the brush fully loaded and enough water (in relation to paint). Your website is a wonderful resource; I thank you for your generosity.

    1. John Morfis says:

      April, thanks for your kind words and for leaving a comment here at the site. I makes my keeping up with the website more fulfilling when people stay engaged. I totally understand where you’re coming from. You can practice all you want but if you’re not using the right technique you’re not going to get the right results. The flat wash/graded wash techniques I show are the kind of thing virtually nobody would figure out on their own. One needs to be shown that.

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