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Proven Steps of Watercolor Painting Mastery
One of the best things about being at Artist Daily is seeing incredible artwork on a daily basis. This is especially true in the area of watercolor painting.
I wasn’t too familiar with many contemporary artists working in the medium before I started working here. But I’ve become quite the fan in the last few years, adding numerous watercolor artists to my “watch” list.
In the spirit of supporting the watercolorists out there and in a desire to highlight how evocative a medium it can be, here’s a top-five list of watercolor tips for those just starting out, and those who could use a little help along the way.
Load your brush.
When starting out, and to avoid creating a piece that looks overworked, paint with a sure stroke and don’t shirk on color.
To understand what this medium can do, give up control to gain insight. See how the paint and water move, and what kind of effects you can achieve by playing with the water-to-pigment ratio, surface and surface tilt, and color layering.
Don’t forget to sketch.
Like any performer or musician, an artist should explore his or her chosen medium by experimenting in a loose, pressure-free manner. Using larger brushes when sketching in watercolor helps you to concentrate on overarching compositional shapes that every good painting needs.
Find the light.
Watercolorists typically work from light to dark, which means hoarding and protecting those segments of paper where highlights will appear is crucial. Using masking fluid and tape are options, but be mindful of the distinct edges these can leave.
Consider a limited palette.
When just starting out, a select group of colors helps simplify the painting process and helps you develop your color-mixing skills. Avoid dark browns and opaque colors, because they tend to appear somewhat muddy and dull. Try a warm and cool of each color you want.
There are as many techniques and skills to master within watercolor painting as there are in any other medium. To help you accelerate your process and produce the best paintings you can, get a copy of Watercolor 365.
You’ll find a year’s worth of tips, fun exercises, troubleshoots and creative advice. The time in the studio will fly by in the best way with this handy guide at your side — brushstroke after brushstroke leading you to your best artistic self! Enjoy!