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8 Tips for Beginning Watercolor Painting

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Watercolor is a great beginning project that can turn into a hobby. Use this to create artwork or even cards. You can buy the supplies at Jerry's Artarama or Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

1. Use Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor pencils are a portable art medium. This works well for the beginning artist. You can dip the pencil directly in water or just apply the water to your drawing after you've used the pencils. There are limited colors in beginning packs, but it lets you start out with a minimal amount of brushes and supplies.

2. Keep Your Subject Matter Simple

With the watercolor medium, you should understand the basics of drawing and shading, but you don't need to be an expert. The watercolor can do a lot of the shading for you. You might want to just start out with very simple lines such as a flower or a beach scene.

3. Play around with Washes

How much water you use is going to determine how much color you get. You can apply the water directly to the paper before you add in the color for a blended result. If you have a limited color palette, then just add more or less water for a slight variation.

4. Invest in High Quality Paper

One of the problems you may run into is the paper buckling. The paper can wrinkle because of the amount of water. It's important to invest in a high quality paper or watercolor canvas board.

5. Try out Kits

Paint by number kits means that you don't have to draw. These pieces usually come with an outline that you just fill in. This works well for the beginner because you get a professional result, and you really get to know how the paint will react. If the preprinted papers don't excite you, then try going with your own drawing, but apply the same principles and palettes in the instructions. You can also pick up books for beginners which help you understand the basics of the medium while you do your own projects.

6. Buy a Palette

If you have the basic colors, you can mix almost any color scheme together. You may want to invest in a palette with premixed colors. These will have the same undertones. This saves you time because the colors will all match and work together.

7. Find the Time

With any art or hobby, one of the biggest obstacles is time. You can get the whole family in on the act. Watercolor is fairly easy to clean up as opposed to other paints. This means that the kids can also get involved. Set up a family art time where you each work on respective projects to make time in your day for practicing your new skill.

8. Buy a Traveling Set

If you are looking for inspiration, you can just head outside. Find a small set that is portable with both paint and wells for mixing. This allows you to get close to whatever flower or mountain scene you are painting.



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