Tips for Watercolor Painting

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Watercolor is one the best mediums to work on. It is less messy, easy to mix, dries fast unlike oil painting. These are the basic things that are commonly known but what sets apart a piece of painting is not just limited to the colors or how one mixes them. There are several other factors that influence in making the painting look and feel better. If you have enrolled yourself for the watercolor classes, you would come to know of all the tips and secrets. For those who are interested in watercolor painting but are pursuing it just as a hobby, there are a few tips that you can consider to get better results-

Paper – In watercolor painting, the quality of the paper matters as much as the quality of the color. The most important characteristic of a good quality paper is its absorption capacity. The paper that has the right degree of absorbency helps in the colors settling smoothly on the surface and helps in reflecting more light. White papers are always better than colored papers as they reflect the maximum amount of light and gives a brighter image than the colored papers. Prefer acid free papers as they improve durability of the painting.

Colors – The basic palette must have a range of colors and should have a good choice of opaque as well as transparent colors and of weak tinting and strong tinting colors. Permanent colors are always preferred and to be able to learn mixing techniques and adding effects, one should join watercolor classes Melbourne.

Mediums – Various mediums are used to get different effects and creates different techniques. Some of the mediums that one can work with are;

  • Lifting preparation – medium must be first applied on paper and allowed to dry and later on apply colors on it.

  • Texture medium – Can be applied directly on the paper or can be mixed with watercolors first.

  • Permanent masking medium – Can be applied directly to the white paper, to dried washes on the paper, or mix it with water colors. Permanent masking medium is not removable.

  • Granulation medium – this medium adds to dimensions to flat areas, it is most used in landscapes.

Brushes – there are a number of varieties when it comes to brushes. The brushes come in different shapes and sizes and the quality of their hair differ. The shapes of the brushes are round, flat, bright, angular, filbert. The different types of wash brushes are mop and hake. The detail brushes are spotters and riggers. Materials, the brushes are made of either natural or synthetic material. The brushes made of natural materials are expensive. Some examples are Kolinsky sable (absorbs colors and retains shape) made of winter coat pelt of male kolinsky; red sable, made from different species of marten; squirrel brushes are very soft, goat brushes, ox brushes a bit rougher than squirrel and goat. The sizes of the brushes range from #0 to #24.

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This article was published on 2014/05/30