5 Pro Tips for the Beginning Watercolor Painter

5 Pro Tips for the Beginning Watercolor Painter

Watercolors are popular to be known as the most notorious substance to paint with. They can be challenging to work with and unforgiving if you make a mistake. Their transparent characteristic is disgraced by the beginners and admired by the experienced. It gives you the flexibility of bringing different dimensions to your painting. And if you practice enough, watercolor painting is a very achievable and gratifying art form you can learn.

Let us look at some of the professional tips for the beginning watercolor painter-

Tip #1- Mix More Paint Than Required: Great results in the watercolor painting are as much experience as planning. You wouldn't want to stop and mix paint in the middle of your project. Moreover, it isn’t easy to get the exact same shade in simultaneous mixing. Furthermore, Your timing is also crucial while working with watercolors. To avoid differences in tones, mix more color than you think you need. 

Tip #2- Dab Your Paintbrush: One of the most common mistakes any beginner artist makes is having too much water on the brush, which creates muddy areas. It will also spread more than you want it to and bleed into your sheet. Extra diluted paint also makes it difficult to control the brush, and your painting ends up very different from what you had imagined.

Tip #3- Begin With the Lighter Shades: When working with watercolors, you should begin with lighter shades and add extra layers of the same paint to add depth and tone to the color. You should also start darker shades once you are done with the light tones. This gradient can occur because, in watercolor painting, white is obtained from the sheet. You can put as much lighter shade on white as you want, but after you have added darker shade, you cannot go back to adding lighter ones. This fact makes it very important for you to plan and prepare your artwork before you start to paint. 

Tip #4- Familiarize Yourself With Your Paints: Different watercolors have different properties. The features also change with the brand of paints you use. It is the best exercise for beginners to familiarize themselves with the color they are going to use. You can make a sheet with different rows of about six boxes. The two ends will represent the darkest and lightest shade of that color, while the middle sections will be a gradient between the two extremes. 

Tip #5- Create What Inspires You: As artists, we are attracted to many things that stir our thoughts. We get inspired by most things around us. You should create what inspires you so others can see your perspective as well. Moreover, when you make something that touches you, you will justify it better in your painting. And you will enjoy painting something that connected with you instead of thinking of it as a chore. Hence, the end result will be much more effective.

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