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Painting Using Watercolour

Painting Using Watercolour
Portrait Art Painted by Isaac Duko

Painting using watercolour holds the promise of an enjoyable day spent in the countryside. However, many beginners worry about painting while strangers look on, while others can’t get out as often as they would like to.

If you lack confidence painting using watercolour, the best way to start is to tack yourself away behind a tree, make a quick drawing in your sketchbook of a scene you would like to paint, marking the main colours in pencil, then paint it at home. You can paint using either oil colours, watercolours or acrylic paints. As your confidence grows, take your paintbox with you- nine out of ten people who take the trouble to look over your shoulder will be full of admiration of your artworks.

Sketching in pencil is also a good idea for the person who can’t often get outside. instead of painting just one scene when you go out, make a few different pencil sketches. Take your paintbox with you, and make colour notes on these sketches. You can use this information to produce many different later at home. When you are painting fruits or flowers your subject stays still while you work. With animals, it can just be the opposite.

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Painting Using Watercolour

Painting Using Watercolours
African Traditional Homestead Painting by Patrick Wilson

Watercolour is a very versatile medium. It can be used in different ways and by different artists. For instance, six artists could paint the same subject, using the same technique, but each artwork would be different because each artist would have his or her own style.

On wet watercolour, the opposite is in a very different style on the pen and technique. Therefore, an artist’s style is, to some extent, altered by ‘technique’ refers to the method used in painting.

The Flat and Graded Wash Technique.

Having thought of moves very carefully beforehand when painting using watercolours, you work up the effect with washes. Remember to use the lightest colours first and work gradually to the darker tones.

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The Wet-on-Wet Watercolour a Technique of Painting Using Watercolour

The wet-on-wet technique is a very exciting way of painting using watercolour but it can also be very nerve-racking. The freedom, the apparent ease and the sheer audacity of letting colours make their own way around the surface excite artists and onlookers alike. But although the finished result looks natural and unlaboured, you have to put a lot of patient practice.

Don’t be too rigid with the white lines. keep them free and let the paint touch and run together in places. This keeps the painting looking free and not too mechanical.

Pen And Graded Wash Watercolor Technique

Pen and wash are used at some time or another by many watercolour artists and it is a very popular painting technique. The addition of the pen gives a sparkle to the watercolour painting.

Like body colour, the use of the pen is another method of saving watercolour.

Pencil And Wash Watercolor Technique

Pencil and wash are some of the most delicate ways of using watercolour. It can be very sensitive and detailed.

Naturally, you want to be confident with your normal or coloured pencils work to try this technique but I am sure that you will enjoy it.