Easy Beginners Watercolour Techniques revolve around watercolours being fun, lively playful and forgiving! They are so easy to correct mistakes, they really are perfect for beginners.
These Watercolour Beginner’s snippets and tidbits will help get you started and keep you moving forward in a fun and fast paced approach.
Watercolour Beginner Techniques
For the watercolour beginner looking for more techniques, have a quick look through Watercolour Tips to find everything from materials use, to colour mixing, avoiding mud, and creating depth!
With the 5 beginners’ watercolour tips and techniques, the easiest & best way to get the results you’re going to be the most happiest with is to use Arches 100% cotton paper. That way, you can correct any mistakes you make with ease!!
Watercolour Techniques – Soft Edges
In the featured watercolour Patio Flowers, the soft blurred edges in the background and the perimeters help guide the viewers’ eyes inwards and towards the more dominant focal flowers with the harder/sharper edges.
Any time you paint on dry paper = hard edge. Any time you paint on damp = softer edge. This is key information to you for creating depth and perspective.
Watercolour Techniques – Creating great mixes without mud
In this sample watercolour mixing chart, I have used 3 tubes of Paint: cobalt blue pb 28 permanent rose pv19 and winsor Lemon py175. These unique 3 provide the beginner the most encouraging results!
Watercolour Techniques – Creating Texture and Depth
In this sample chart on watercolour depth and texture I adjusted the amount of details, texture in the background. Very little goes in the back, with progressively more into the middle ground area, and the foreground area has a lot more!
This, will ensure that the painting ‘magically’ creates depth and perspective in a simple way.
Watercolour Techniques – Allowing your brush to Dance!
This chart illustrates the importance of allowing “permitting” your hand and Brush to be free, to dance along the paper! When your hand is stiff, nervous and rigid – the resulting painting is also very rigid, mechanical and too tight. Be loose, be free, play!
Watercolour Techniques – Creating Light Filled Washes of Translucency
Glazes are when you place a thin sheer veil of light colour over top another colour, (that is now absolutely Bone DRY.) The result is a painting filled with light and radiance that is free of mud!
And if, perhaps, you have a slight leaning…. towards Impatience? Well, then just get the hair dryer out and blow dry the watercolour paint.
Takes 60 Seconds!!
Correction Methods: gently rinse the paper under the tap til the paint is gone; apply brushload of clean water over the ‘naughty’ area, wait 2 minutes, gently lift up the colour now with a tissue; for a vigorous approach, apply water over the area and use a soft toothbrush to ever so lightly, delicately scrub off the offending paint.
In all cases, it is critical, imperative… that you then let it totally dry before doing anything else to it. Or the consequences will be – ‘mud’, peeling paint/paper. Not nice!
Watercolour paints that I use a lot: Daniel Smith watercolours, Art Spectrum, Maimeri, Winsor and Newton. These paints are beneficial in creating clean mixes, with less mud.
The watercolour paper that never lets anyone down.…… Arches 100% cotton watercolour paper, either rough or cold press.
This paper is Extremely good value for money.
Used front side, back side, rinse and repeat. Gesso and use for acrylics. Tear and use for collage. Gesso again and use for oils. Apply molding paste with a palette knife, dry, and apply watercolours. You’re getting a lot of use out of this $10 22×30 paper!
reference sources I’ve referred to in the process of developing this post and the watercolour images are:
- Solving The Mystery of Watercolours David Taylor International Artist Publishers ISBN 1929834209
- Atmospheric Watercolours, Painting with Freedom, Expression and Style Jean Haines Search Press ISBN 1844486745
- The Painter’s Handbook a Complete Reference to… Mark David Gottsegen Watson Guptil Publications ISBN 0823030032