Watercolor Painting






One of my favorite types of art is watercolor painting. Watercolors are a great way to introduce a child to painting -- they are fun and easy to clean up. It's also the media to try if you want to paint, but you have a limited amount of space or time. Easy to set up, interrupt, and pick up again, these paints provide a great deal of flexibility.

Watercolors differ from other paints in that they are transparent. When light meets the paint, it actually travels through the paint to the white paper beneath, then bounces back from the paper. Some have compared this to the same effect you would get with stained glass. Opaque paints, such as acrylics or oils, block the paper from the light, and the light bounces directly off the paint to your eye. For this reason, you can achieve some wonderful effects with watercolor that you can’t with other types of paint.

There is a large variety of supplies to choose from when beginning, but we’ll go through them so you can find the ones that will best fit your needs and budget. If you are purchasing supplies for yourself or an older child (age 9 or up), buy the best you can afford. Although you may save money by buying the cheapest, your results won’t be as good.

For example, you’ll find that cheap paper tears easily; too much rubbing or too much water can cause it to fall apart. The same holds true in regards to the brushes and paints you use. Remember how frustrating it is to try to fry an egg in a saucepan or tighten a screw with the wrong size screwdriver? Maybe not, but I have to admit, I've tried both. Anway, it can be equally frustrating to try to paint a picture with the wrong kind of brush or the wrong color of paint. Use good tools to do a good job.

Below is a list of what you will need to begin your own watercolor painting:

Although there are many types of WATERCOLOR BRUSHES available, you will only need a few to start.

BASIC BRUSHES

PAPER

PAINTS

PALETTE

OTHER WATERCOLOR SUPPLIES


That's it. Once you have your supplies together, it's time to get started.


WATERCOLOR LESSON 1: PREPARING TO PAINT

WATERCOLOR LESSON 2: WATERCOLOR TECHNIQUES

WATERCOLOR LESSON 3: CREATING A COLOR WHEEL

WATERCOLOR LESSON 4: COLOR AND VALUE

WATERCOLOR LESSON 5: PAINTING A SUNSET

WATERCOLOR LESSON 6: PAINTING PUMPKINS





MORE WATERCOLOR TIPS

Painting Clouds in Watercolor

Using Liquid Frisket

Creating With Line and Wash

Monochromatic Color Schemes

Working With Gouache

Using Watercolor Pencils


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