Thursday, May 1, 2014

How Watercolor Works: 4 Quick Tips for Beginners

Watercolor has always been perceived as a very unforgiving medium that offers very little control which can cause a lot of frustration. But the effects and luminous washes possible with watercolor are unrivaled. In order to take advantage of the way watercolor works, there are some basic things you need to know.

Find the Proper Materials
Using brushes that are too small or a poor grade of paper are paths to frustration.


Think Backward
Instead of beginning with the darks and then adding the lighter colors, begin with the lighter areas and then move toward the darker colors.


Simplify
As a self-taught artist with years of experience, I have found that it is most important to simplify. I have tried to convey this through my articles, books and DVDs. You’ll get a feel for my techniques with the very simple step-by-step demonstrations included in Watercolor in Motion.


Use Enough Water
Once you have an understanding of how to really use water and color to your advantage, the rest is up to you. The world is wide open. 


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