Tips on Watercolor Painting

watercolor is one the most amazing types of color mediums out there that anyone from beginners to professionals can work with.

1. Choose the Suitable Painting Supplies

When painting a beautiful piece of your own, it is important to have the right materials, especially when it comes to watercolor painting. The most crucial thing to consider when purchasing supplies for this type of painting is your paper and then it goes to the brushes and the pigments accordingly.

For paper, you can choose from three different types which are rough, cold pressed, and hot pressed. Hot pressed is the smoothest and the rough, as it comes with the name, has the least smooth surface. We need to use a type of paper that can hold the water and pigment on it. Thus, we go to the medium version of the papers, which is the cold press. Cold press paper has the right amount of roughness and smoothness combined. Another important factor in choosing your paper is the wight of it which should be roughly around 300 grams to be able to hold the water and pigment and not become wobbly. Also, instead of taping the paper to a surface, i prefer to buy the type of papers that come in a block, so in this case, it is easier to move the paper around and hand range of motions would be easier in this case.

For brushes, we want somethings that can keep their form when they are wet. For this, I use the brushes that are made from Sable Hair.

For pigments, we want a professional grade paint, that has a better quality and shows the colors as more vibrant and alive and they are more transparent. With the Professional Grade colors, you get a less muddy look as the end.

2. Solid Foundation is Key

When you are drawing a more detailed painting or something that requires a background picture, it is important to make a nice "faint" sketch of the painting you have in mind, and then do the watercolor painting on it. In this case, your painting would look more realistic and it is less hassle for you in the middle of the painting as to put what color and put it where.

3. Build Your Painting in Layers

In watercolor painting, it is important that you build your painting in layer and build the color up. So, in this case it is good to start the painting off with a light and more water loaded brush and put the base on the paper and then from there we load more and more pigment each time. With this, we can create better shadows and be mindful of where the light is coming from.

4. Be Mindful of How Much Water You Use

there are a few factors when it comes to this specific area of watercolor painting. First, as i said, it is really important to use a professional grade colors that helps you in not getting a muddy look. Second, it is important to not use so so so much water when drawing. Lastly, your brush strokes and the way you do the painting with them matters a lot.

If it was me, I would choose and invest in the professional grade paints from the beginning, so it would make your job easier to draw especially if you are a beginner.

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