Watercolor Paintings: Tips and Tricks

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Watercolor paintings depict beautiful landscapes and picturesque scenes. Their presence in the art world dates back to cave paintings of Palaeolithic Europe, continuing on to be used in Ancient Egyptian times and in the European Middle Ages. This medium is also present in East Asian art as well as Indian and Ethiopian painting traditions. Essentially, watercolor paintings are a universally used art form. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss exactly what watercoloring entails, and some tips and tricks for creating stunning paintings even as a beginner

What is Watercolor?

Watercolor paint consists of four principal ingredients:

It is the use of water as a solvent that deems a paint “watercolor”. 

Texture

Unlike other paints, watercolors have a very transparent look to them. They can be buildable and become more opaque, but this comes down to the amount of water that is mixed with the paint. 

Versatility

Also through the use of water, artists are able to manipulate the paint to take on magnificent shapes and blends.

Tips and Tricks for Watercolor Paintings

Here are some pointers for beginners who want to improve their paintings. 

Materials

Poor quality materials can result in poor quality work, no matter what technique you’re using. 

Process

Work from light to dark. 

Be aware of your water to paint ratio.

Different Techniques. 

Mixing Paints

Why Use Watercolor? 

You should consider using watercolor paints because:

  1. They’re less messy than other paints and easy to clean off surfaces and brushes. 
  2. They dry quickly and are easy to work with. 
  3. They are portable and don’t leave much waste. It’s easy to reuse paint that has dried on your palette. 
  4. They create beautiful results

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Lydia B.

Lydia B.

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