Category Archives: Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting

This Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting category is for articles especially written for new watercolor artists.

Watercolor techniques: wet on dry

Wet on Dry watercolor painting technique, produces hard or sharp edges

Wet on dry watercolor painting technique Wet on Dry is the watercolor painting technique you use when you want to place a hard or sharpe edge on your painting, though you can also use it to cover an area with a nice clean watercolor wash, see figure 6. With the wet on dry technique the Continue Reading …

Controlled Wet on Wet Technique

Waterline of Boat painted with controlled wet on wet technique

Controlled Wet on Wet Technique As the paper dries, during the wet on wet technique, it will arrive at a point where it has lost its shine, now if at this stage you run the point of your brush across this damp section of paper you will see an interesting effect as shown in figure Continue Reading …

Wet on Wet Watercolor Technique

Wet on wet watercolor painting technique

We will now look at the wet on wet watercolor painting technique. A good exercise to understand the potential of using wet on wet techniques is to mix a milk strength mixture of French Ultramarine and Alizarin Crimson. Then tape a quarter sheet of rough textured watercolor paper to your board. Then with a round Continue Reading …

Watercolor techniques: edges created with a round brush

Venice Sunset lights completed watercolor painting

What is so important about edges? As watercolor artists, and artists in general, we paint our paintings through the creation of different edge shapes. In this article I will talk about the watercolor techniques that will produce these edges and how to use them to create our watercolor paintings. The examples I give are all Continue Reading …

Color of shadows and reflections

Reflected color in shadows. Many colors of reflected light on sand

Color of shadows and reflections Another major difference between the color of shadows and reflections is that a reflection usually contains a lot of color, mainly coming from the object that is being reflected e.g. the side of a boat. This reflected color will be influenced by the color of the water doing the reflecting. Continue Reading …

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