Category Archives: Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting

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

Watercolor Brushes and Paint for Beginners

Mixing a Blue, Red and Yellow will give you a dull grey to black color depending on proportions of each color mixed

Watercolor Brushes Brushes used when painting with watercolor come in many forms and quality levels. Some of the most common types are: Round Brushes Flat Brushes Mop Brushes Fan Brushes Rigger Brushes I use round brushes for 95% of my work, but also use all the others as I need them. For beginners Round Brushes Continue Reading …

Watercolor Painting for Beginners

My basic plein air watercolor painting kit

When discussing watercolor painting for beginners, you generally start with what materials you will need and why. Painting with Watercolor can be a little daunting for beginners starting out with this wonderful medium but there are steps you can take to make learning it as easy as possible.  These steps will also ensure you develop Continue Reading …

Watercolor Plein Air Step 4

Venice Santa Maria Della Salute Plein Air watercolor painting

Everything in its Place My plein air set up has a tray that holds my brushes, as well as my palette and water. I keep a towel in my hand to adjust moisture in my brush.  The better organised you are the less time you will waste looking for things, while your paper is drying Continue Reading …

Watercolor Plein Air Step 3

Venice Near Rialto Bridge Plein Air watercolor painting May 2010-2

Spray Bottle I keep a spray bottle handy.  It has a very fine mist (it was used to spray anti static spray on clothing before I appropriated it for my watercolour work) and I use it to keep my painting wet. If you spray while the paper still has a shine on it you will Continue Reading …

How to paint plein air with watercolors

Crookhaven Heads, early morning plein air painting

Plan your watercolor painting I start by developing a good design and an idea of how I am going to progress with my painting.  This is achieved during the drawing stage. Time of Day Now I try and get my paintings done in the early hours of the day and late in the afternoon.  If Continue Reading …

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