Category Archives: Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting

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

Plein air watercolor painting problems

Last Mist - Glen Davis watercolor painting

Sometimes plein air watercolor painting problems seem tougher than at others due to non-ideal conditions, if you are on holidays and are there to paint then you just have to try and make the best of your environment. I recently spent 4 days painting at a little New South Wales town called Glen Davis. The Continue Reading …

How to use color thumbnails to change mood

Coastal Seascape watercolor painting by Margaret Ng, new color scheme

Recently one of my students painted a nice watercolor seascape. Her reference photo was of a coastal scene at Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia. It was of a bright day and her original painting reflected this. However she wanted to change the mood of her painting and was not sure how to go about it. So Continue Reading …

How to frame a watercolor painting

Reference watercolor painting by Chrysovalantour Mavroudis used for how to frame a watercolor painting

This article will show you how to frame a watercolor painting. There may be different ways but this is how I do it. The first step is to ensure your watercolor painting is totally flat. As I do not pre-stretch my watercolor paper it cockles or buckles a little so I flatten it before framing. Continue Reading …

Paint watercolors like a child

The first watercolor painting I ever did in class wet on wet - just playing!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up,” Picasso. All too often artists seem to fall into the trap of taking their work too seriously. If their watercolor painting doesn’t work they feel let down, if they don’t win a prize they feel they are not Continue Reading …

Angle of watercolor painting easels

Dramatic sky painted with watercolor board kept flat to retain highlights

What should the angle of watercolor painting easels be? This is a very common question of beginner watercolor artists and one I was asked recently by a visitor to this website. It requires a more complex answer than just to say about 25 degrees. The real answer is: “It depends on what effect I am Continue Reading …

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