Watercolor Painting-Beginners Tips

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Water color painting seems impossible for some, where to start, what materials are needed? All of these questions pop up in the heads of those considering taking up the hobby of watercolor painting.

The benefits of painting is that it is a stress reliever, a way to escape for a moment. Be creative and meditate in a way. As an individual you an express your inner thoughts or emotions through your work. It is unique to who you are. When beginning do not get discouraged by comparing your work to that of others. Like every hobby there is a learning curve. It takes time for you to get used to the different brushes and the strokes they produce. It can even be difficult to learn how to blend shades of paint. 

Start off with the primary colors, red, blue, and yellow and explore the different shades they produce. Then try to free-form in the beginning by either getting inspiration from the view outside your window or objects in your home. 

When beginning to paint you want to start off with broad strokes and then branch off from there. 

Another consideration is to purchase sable brushes which are the best for watercolor painting. Synthetic will work for those that do not want to invest too much money into the hobby in the beginning. As you progress you may want to consider sable because they provide the best quality strokes and precision to your painting.

Another tip is to have watercolor pencils because you can sketch your idea before painting and then paint over it. Watercolor paper is also needed so the paints do not bleed through. 

Have fun exploring this new hobby. Paint away my friends!

(9) Comments

  1. artchee says:

    I didn’t know that there are watercolor pencils. I’ve never tried doing the more serious watercoloring. I only had was the simple rectangular kids’ art stuff.

  2. Rosey says:

    Those flowers are lovely. I bet my daughter would like this because she is an artist at heart.

  3. Wait! There’s watercolor pencils? That in itself is cool! I think this could be a great hobby. Our one daughter loves to draw, so this may be something she’d love to do

  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    I used to be able to make nice drawings and paintings but age caught up with me and now my hands are not that steady anymore. I would still love to try going back to water color painting. I will start with big designs first to get the feel of painting again. Thanks for your tips!

  5. Angela Milnes says:

    I love water color. I learned to make the paper wet for where you want the color to go.

  6. Watercolor pencils? So cool! I would love to try these out as they look like something that would keep my kids busy.

  7. omg you did it beautifully. i am definitely going to try out your tricks!

  8. Lavern Moore says:

    Water color paintings look great. People who do this are so talented!

  9. Heather says:

    This is so interesting. I’ve never actually painted this way but I appreciate all your tips!

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