Category Archives: Beginners Guide to Watercolor Painting

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

Dry Brush Technique for Watercolor Paintings

Hawaiian sunset watercolor painting. Palm trees in front with sailing boat in distance.

Dry brush technique One of the brush strokes most often missing in beginners’ watercolor paintings is the Dry Brush Technique. This is a shame as it can add a great deal of energy and interest to a painting. While my comments are primarily directed at watercolor (watercolour) artists many of the points can also apply Continue Reading …»

Watercolor painting demonstration of boats and early morning rising mist

Watercolor painting Rising Mist boat painting by Joe Cartwright

San Diego Harbor, Rising Mist I have just loaded my latest watercolor demonstration painting. The painting is titled “Rising Mist” and is of an early morning scene on San Diego harbor with the mist rising. It is based on a photo my wife took a number of years ago as she was sailing out of Continue Reading …»

Watercolor brushes – 10 things which will damage them

Do not leave watercolor brushes sitting in your water container

Caring for your watercolor brushes I am often giving my students advice about what to do and not to do with their watercolor brushes so I thought I would see if I could create a list of 10 things which will damage a watercolor (watercolour)brush. It took a bit of thinking but here is my Continue Reading …»

Art Masking Fluid

After the watercolor wash is totally dry you can remove the dry art masking fluid with a crepe eraser

Using art masking fluid with watercolor What is art masking fluid and how is it used? Masking fluid is liquid latex, which is a natural rubber, though there are synthetic versions of it as well. As a watercolor artist it allows you to protect parts of your painting. It allows you to quickly paint over Continue Reading …»

Simple Watercolor Paintings: Size

Finished watercolor painting Early Morning, Pittwater, Sydney, Australia

Size of watercolor paintings So what is the difference between simple watercolor paintings and difficult ones? The biggest difference is often the size of your painting. The smaller the painting the easier it is to paint with watercolors. The reason for this is because the greater the area of paper you have wet at any one Continue Reading …»

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