learn watercolor painting
Advise and guidelines from well known artists and
teachers to frequently asked questions on watercolor painting.
I am a beginner. How can I learn watercolor painting?
Find some 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 Purcell.
Watercolor School by Hazel Harrison is good for
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.
Buy 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,
Try using gouache. It is thicker, more opaque and
generally brighter than regular watercolors.
So 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.
layers to brighten the color.
Your "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.