Category Archives: Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting

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

Watercolor painting with coffee

Quick Sketch of simple Beach Scene watercolor painting using instant coffee

A few years ago I was on my way to do a watercolor painting demonstration at a Sydney art society when I had a sudden panic attack as I thought I may have left my palette back at my studio. I was too far from home to turn back. I pulled over and checked my Continue Reading …»

Watercolor Painting Mistakes

Rusty old truck avoiding common watercolor painting mistakes

Here are the common watercolor painting  mistakes a beginner watercolor artist often makes that would cause him, or her, to feel the medium is difficult. I remember when I first started it was all a bit of a challenge, but because I was challenge driven I had no problem continuing on to a good level Continue Reading …»

Removing cockles and wrinkles from watercolor paper

Watercolor painting Rising Mist boat painting by Joe Cartwright

If you do not stretch your watercolor paper you will usually find that your paper has cockled (the creasing or wrinkling of a surface) or warped during painting to a varying degree. Then when you try to frame it your painting will not sit flat on its mat. To help with this problem I have Continue Reading …»

The two most important ingredients for watercolor painting

Coffs Harbor sailing boats at sunrise watercolor painting. Golden colors, sparkle on water with reflections of boats.

 Watercolor painting ingredients Obviously the quality of the watercolor paper, brushes and paints you use will be important to your painting success but without a thorough understanding of water and what happens to it over time you will find yourself really working hard to keep up with what is happening on your watercolor painting surface. Continue Reading …»

Mold on watercolors in your palette

Mold or fungus on growing on watercolor paint in palette

How does mold develop in your watercolor palette One of my students brought in the photo below of mold or fungus growing over some of the watercolor paints in his palette. I have heard of this for many years though I have never experienced it myself or met someone personally who has experienced it so Continue Reading …»

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