watercolour painting tips
Advise and guidelines from well known artists and teachers to
frequently asked questions on watercolor painting.
Q. I am a
beginner. How can I learn watercolor painting?
artists whose work you admire ,get their books from local library
and try to copy their style to start.
Practice makes perfect.
Improvemypaintings.com has a good instructor who gives very good
advice for any kind of painting and gives lessons you paint along
with for very little money.
Buy used books from Amazon - they
are as good as new.
Painting With Your Artists Brain by Carl
Watercolor School by Hazel Harrison is good for a
Watercolor Workshop Robert Wade
Daring Color by Anne
join watercolor groups and like pages in Facebook.
Values are a
big part of watercolors. Draw something accurately and establish the
lights and darks and middle values.then use the paints.
watercolor paper to practice- Maybe just a Strathmore pad
Check out the Artist Daily website - they have some really good free
e-books to download with a lot of theory on composition, colour
mixing, different subjects and so on
see you tube videos of
artists like Bob Davies
Q. How to make watercolor paintings
bright rich and vibrant?
use best professional quality paints
clean water use two pans of water one to clean the brush and one to
dip, moist colors,
Try using gouache. It is thicker, more
opaque and generally brighter than regular watercolors.
much depends on the amount of paint to water, and the paper. For
instance, Arches 140 lb. cold-press fades to almost 50%. For very
rich vibrant colors, use less water and if you must glaze over, use
the same colors.
Use many layers to brighten the color.
"staining" colors are stonger in color. A good quality paint is
important.Complementary colors used next to each other will make
your subjects pop.
over mixing on the palette can muddy paints,
over mixing on the paper can muddy paints. Also mixing too many
colors together can make mud.
Try mixing on the paper wet-in-wet
not on a palette. Also get to know the paint's characteristics
(transparent, sedimentary, opaque etc.). Transparent colors mix the
best on a palette. Get to know your color wheel with tertiaries and
match your paint to the closest hues on the wheel to guide mixing.
Mixes using paints that lean toward complements will neutralize or
"gray" the mixture. Ex: cadmium yellow deep leans toward orange and
will produce mud when mixed with blues to make greens because mixing
complements in equal optical amounts produces gray...