Water coloring is a fun and relaxing activity that can be practiced by anyone. Although it will take time to establish a personal technique and style, you can learn and gain experience through practice.
First, you’ll need the following supplies: paint, water, a brush, and paper.
Watercolors come in three forms: liquid, tube and pan. It’s recommended that beginners use a portable set of pan paints. You can get these at most stores selling art supplies.
As for brushes, consider having 3 or 4 on hand to use. Large flat brushes are great for painting backgrounds and round brushes help create details. Cleaning your brushes is as simple as rinsing them in warm water with soap. Use a paper towel or terry cloth rag to dry them.
The three standard watercolor paper weights are 90, 140 and 300 pounds. 140-pound watercolor paper is the most commonly used paper by watercolor painters. It is thicker and can handle quite a bit of water and scrubbing. 140-pound weight paper is ideal for beginners.
Before you start painting, consider using a pencil or marker to outline the general shapes you want in your painting. This gives you an idea of what goes where on the paper. Plan– in your head– the overall look of what you’d like the painting to look like when finished. Watercolor painting is best done from light to dark, so light colors get applied first, followed by darker colors.
Use an extra sheet of paper to test color mixes before you apply the paint to your portrait.
Watercolors are unique because they have a transparent quality as well as luminance. Therefore, you can keep a light touch with your brush as you layer colors over other colors. For more transparency, use more water. If you make a mistake, use a damp tissue to blot off watercolor paint before it dries.
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