Category Archives: Watercolor basics

The basics of watercolor painting.

Under-painting in watercolor, its importance

Finished watercolor painting with under-painting left as highlights

When painting with watercolors, in my style, the under-painting (initial wash), is very important as it holds a painting together. The under-painting must be tonally correct or the painting will never look quite right. When I am painting a landscape, at the under-painting stage, the scene should already look like a landscape. The sky and 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 …»

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 …»

Watercolor Paper Selection

How to choose the best watercolor paper for your painting? You can’t just paint a watercolor painting on any type of paper. You need to use artists’ quality watercolor paper if you want to produce good work that will survive the test of time. Some cheap papers have little or no sizing on them which Continue Reading …»

Painting the sea, people and birds with watercolor

Finished watercolor painting of simple beach scene

Painting the sea Now the sand is done we will now look at painting the sea. Using the same mix of watercolor paints but make sure the consistency is stronger than that used for the sky; we use a dry brush technique to paint the water. I use the point of my brush to establish Continue Reading …»

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