Creating a Beautiful Hazy Effect in your Watercolor Paintings by using a Tissue

Yes, I am quite willing to try new things if it will improve my work and my latest thing is using tissue paper.

I have used tissue paper before and stopped because I didn’t like the smudgy result but recently I painted this picture, a scene of Itogahama beach, and it was just an experiment but I used a tissue on the cliff face and it created this beautiful hazy effect.

Since then I have tried again but not quite achieved anything as good as this but I will keep trying and hopefully find the knack because I love the effect I got here.

Please ignore that green tree in the bottom right hand corner of the painting. This experiment was done on top of a previous painting which had failed and which I was now reusing like a piece of scrap paper. Sometimes, though, the two paintings overlap in an interesting way that leads to a new creative idea – but not in this case.

And this is one of my other attempts. As you can see it’s not as good as the original.

Mata ne (This is a Japanese phrase that means see you soon),



I originally wrote this story in June of 2014. I am editing it in April of 2021. I still use a tissue in my artwork for various effects such as rim lighting on clouds. However, I am still unable to get the amazing misty effect that I achieved in the painting here. I’ll have to try again at some point and try to figure out the knack of it.

Gareth Naylor

I am an Englishman living and painting in Japan. I have now been here for over 17 years and have been painting for all that time. I love to travel around the Japanese countryside and find beautiful places to paint.

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