Category Archives: Watercolor materials

Materials needed to get started and work with watercolor paints.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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