Guide to Watercolour Techniques

Guide to Watercolour Techniques, Beginners may find watercolour frightening, and even expert artists may find it difficult. Indeed, in my years of teaching watercolour, I’ve encountered many great acrylic and oil painters who struggle to transition to the medium because it works so differently. With these simple warm-up tasks, you’ll gain a better understanding of how watercolour works, become more comfortable with your paints and hopefully generate new artistic ideas.

Guide to Watercolour Techniques Wet-on-wet

firstly, Watercolour painting can be done in a few different ways. Because the effect offers us a pleasant flowy look. That can be applied in numerous ways the wet-on-wet method is commonly employed for painting landscapes, simple skies, or soft watercolour washes.

Guide to Watercolour Techniques, Begin by “painting” two rectangles with plain water on your brush

2. Because there is no pigment, the rectangles will be difficult to notice, but if you tilt your head slightly, you will be able to see where you have put the water.

3. firstly, Add colour to your wet rectangle with moistened paint from your palette. I’m merely swiping my brush from side to side in this image.

4. secondly, Add dabs of paint to your second rectangle. This practice is excellent for learning how much water and paint you prefer to use.

Guide to Watercolour Techniques Your paint has now started to dry

Notice how different it appears? We don’t have much control over how our paint behaves when painting wet-on-wet. Watercolour dries in strange ways, which is a lovely part of this technique.

6. After the paint has dried completely, you will notice that it has altered even more. It’s usual for colours to fade in brightness after drying. Wet-on-wet is a wonderful technique for adding texture to painted shapes because it creates interesting textures.


finally, To generate more exact and defined shapes, wet-on-dry is used.

This is the method I like, and most illustration-style.

1. Begin with some dry paper. With a large brush, pick up some watered paint and start painting.

2. ochre paint highly diluted. The amount of water you add to your paint will determine its opacity.

3. Another option is to use drier paint. I only used a little water to get my paint rolling, and as you can see, the texture is very different, with a sketch-like finish.

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