Basic Watercolor Techniques

and supplies

Since many people asked me about watercolor painting, I decided to write down this short and simple tutorial about some basic watercolor techniques for beginners. And I'm also going to share a basic watercolor supply list to get you started.

Materials used : -Arches Cold Press Paper 140lb -Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours Paints -Painting palettes for watercolor paints -A container of water -Paper towel Brushes : -Princeton Art & Brush round brush (size 10) -Winsor & Newton Cotman round brush (size 6)

WATERCOLOR PAPER : TEXTURE & WEIGHT TEXTURE Some people asked me what kind of paper do I use for watercolor painting? It's not regular paper. You must use watercolor paper. In watercolor world when we are talking about paper, we are actually talking about the texture and smoothness of the paper's surface. You will find 2 types of paper in the paper aisle at any art store, Cold Pressed and Hot Pressed.

The most common weights for watercolor papers are 140 lb. and 300 lb.

COLD PRESSED Cold pressed watercolor paper has texture, like a bumpy texture. It absorbs water pretty quickly. HOT PRESSED Hot pressed paper is super smooth. No texture. It doesn't absorp the water as fast as cold pressed paper. And it feels smooth to touch. I myself am a cold pressed fan. I love textures. Great for getting that interesting texture from the paints.

PAPER WEIGHT There are numerous weights of watercolor paper measured in pounds per ream or grams per square meter. The papers that are used most frequently and most widely available are (light to heavy) : 1. 90 lb (190 gsm) 2. 140 lb (300 gsm) 3. 300 lb (638 gsm) Lighter papers need stretching before use and may buckle or wrinkle when wet. Heavy paper can absorb more water and rarely needs stretching.

Setting up wet palette

BRUSH LOADING 1. Less-loaded brush (for painting in the small area). 2. Loaded brush (for painting in the large area).

Less-loaded brush (small area)

Loaded brush (large area)

Practice on brush pressure

BASIC APPLICATION TECHNIQUES 1. Wet on wet 2. Wet on dry 3. Dry on wet 4. Dry on dry

Wet on wet (wet paint on wet paper)

Wet on dry (wet paint on dry paper)

Dry on wet (dry paint on wet paper)

Dry on dry (dry paint on dry paper)

And finally, keep practicing and allow accidents to happen. You'll be pleasantly surprised, since it's hard to predict what the end result will be.

More tutorials : 1. Watercolor Blending 2. Watercolor Layering Instagram : @ditut #stellerID #creative #watercolor #painting #tutorial

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  • annisadeui

    mbak, aku mau minta pendapat dong. kalau semisal mau mewarnai kulit manusia trus maunya dibikin smooth lebih cocok teknik yg mana? makasih ;)

  • godryyy

    Thank you mbak dita, informasinya sangat berguna bagi pemula seperti saya

  • kapowder

    Ohh this is mega helpful, thanks! 🎨

  • tjoetmya

    Makasi mbaaak tutorialnyaa 😘😘😘

  • josephineglenis

    kak, gimana caranya yang "more tutorial, 1. water blending ..." klo di klik water blendingnya bisa lgs konek ke story ttg water blending nya kak dita?

  • Dita

    @annisadeui cocok2an masing2 org. Krn kan tergantung kontrol air dan pressure kuas juga. Eksperimen aja, nanti nemu yg pas.

  • Dita

    @kapowder my pleasure!

  • Dita

    @tjoetmya selamat mencoba!

  • Dita

    @josephineglenis saat masih dlm edit story, highlight kata2 yg mau dikasih link. Tap agak lama nanti akan keluar add link, masukkin url di situ. Ini pakai iPhone. Saya gak tau kalo android gimana.

  • gamugal

    I love this! Thank you.

  • yaadit

    Beli pipet ini dimana ya? Di toko stationary kah? Atau malah di apotek (no joke, once bought for my science class πŸ˜…)

  • thesarahdoughty

    This might be an odd question, but bear with me... if you're using one color to draw a shape, say a circle, and you want more color and definition on one side, and a fading effect down to the other, would that work with a loaded brush wet on wet or just wet on wet...?

  • Dita

    @yaadit kalo di sini ada di art store.

  • Dita

    @thesarahdoughty it depends on the area. Is it large or small area? If it's large area I suggest you work with loaded brush wet on wet. Small area just wet on wet or you might want to try dry on wet.

  • thesarahdoughty

    Thank you! Do you have a specific paper in mind when you deal with a large amount of wet on wet? I'm worried about buckling and pilling. I'm seeing mixed reviews online in terms of what to buy.

  • Dita

    @thesarahdoughty you can always control the amount of water. Don't worry about buckling and pilling. Just tape down the paper on the table. And work with 140lb or 300lb cold pressed paper. When I work with a lot of water spraying, I like to use thicker paper. Thicker paper absorbs more water.

  • thesarahdoughty

    Okay, thank you! 😊

  • Dita

    @thesarahdoughty no probs.😊

  • oktaffiesuzie

    Salam kenal yaa Dita nyonyah Pinot! Karya2nya ajiiibbπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Dita

    @oktaffiesuzie heloohhhhπŸ’•

  • xasemele

    Thanks @Dita this is so helful for me. Love it 😍

  • sara_castel

    WOW! Great πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸΌ wanna try.... 😊

  • santoshl

    I never ever thought I would get fascinated by water coloring. Got to try it!

  • mcaramel

    Thank you for making this! It has helped me a lot! I will definitely be doing it much more

  • mcaramel

    So so so so helpful😁😁😁

  • zzrsm

    too cool im inspired

  • adiandbert

    Love the process and the accidents are the best - learnt a lot from your tutorial - thank you πŸ’•

  • Teras

    Makasi tipsnya mba @Dita . Saya suka sekali lukisan cat air dan sedang belajar , mau nanya beli alatnya dmn yah? Punya link nggak belanja online gitu ? karena di Makassar nggak ada art store

  • djaiswal

    Nice so U first put a water layer @Dita

  • djaiswal

    Lovely !!

  • inkcolorgraphy

    Thank you for sharingπŸ™


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