This entry was originally posted on Saturday, March 17, 2012
A flat wash is a nice even wash without any gradation from top to bottom or side to side. It is one value. There is no detail so it can create a graphic look. It is great for glazes, under paintings, and skies.
There are a couple of ways to do a flat wash.
Either with a beaded wash or with a wet paper wash.
For example, the background on this painting is done as a flat wash.