Watercolor Beginners Basic Tips
Discover creative and inspiring ideas, watercolor techniques and solutions to unsolved Beginner watercolor painting problems, questions and dilemmas.
If you love watercolor, love the excitement of art, love the versatility inherent within watercolors sit down and fill your creative well!
Watercolor Tips – Limit Your Materials
Absolute beginners get started with Just 3 paints, 1 brush and 1 sheet of paper!
- Cobalt blue pb28, Winsor Lemon py175, Permanent Rose v19
- 1 Watercolour brush: Rekab 320s #2 natural squirrel hair brush
- Watercolour paper: Arches Rough or Cold Press 300 gsm 100% cotton rag.
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Watercolour Techniques: Fast and Fun
The Basic watercolour techniques include: wet in wet, dry brush, glazing, charging, flat wash, graded wash, splatter.
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Watercolor Color and Mixing Tips
Beginners – learn how to create the 3 areas of the painting….. background – the middleground and the foreground.
Aerial Perspective color sequencing:
Warm colors – Advance into the Front
Cooler colors – Recede into the Distance
Front: warm red, orange, yellow, green, blue, blue/lavender and finally the grey into the background.
Placing colors in this sequenced order helps beginners easily create more depth in their paintings.
Color Mixing Tips – beginners
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Creative Imaginative Techniques
Glad wrap, palette knife, molding paste, impasto, skewers, cold wax medium, using house paint brushes…. make watercolor more Creative!
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Frequently Asked Questions
1.Can gesso be used with watercolors? Yes! Used as a thin veil, a light glaze over dry paint, it makes a wonderful camouflage for areas that you’d like disguised.
2.What mixes with prussian blue for foliage greens? I suggest burnt sienna, quinacridone sienna, winsor lemon, burnt umber and raw umber to start with.
3.Do I paint my backgrounds first? Yes. First Backgrounds, then middlegrounds, then foreground and last is the focal point. *Exception is if doing botanical art on White paper.
4.What are some examples of Granulating paints? Granulators when diluted with water create texture, suitable for beaches, rocks, bark,etc. Ultramarine, Cobalt Violet, Cerulean, Viridian, Rose Madder genuine, Lunar Black, Burnt Umber.
5.What paint should Beginners start with? Cobalt blue genuine, Permanent Rose, Winsor Lemon. Then moving onto Ultramarine blue and Burnt Sienna. After that, Prussian Blue and Raw Sienna/Quinacridone Gold.
6.What is the best blue for a sky? It depends on the season and the type of sky; but generally I’d say Cobalt blue genuine.Cerulean, great for wintery cold skies.
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