Basic Watercolor Techniques
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.
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