You don’t have to really know everything to start watercolor or how to paint watercolors. If you are passionate and you enjoy it, that’s all it takes to paint watercolor. Nowadays it’s pretty easy to explore numerous paintings, history, theory, tools and techniques, various styles offered by artists all over the world. If you follow these things consistently you will get the basic idea very well. The more you see the more is the possibility of good visualization of doing watercolour. After that there is a saying ‘Practice makes one perfect’. So it’s obvious you have to have hands on and fun!
To do good watercolor, drawing is not always needed to be absolute, but with exercise you will get in the right track. So the next step in watercolor is to try some warm up methods. These practice exercise can include anything like from sketching to color mixing or simply brush techniques. With each piece of painting you will experience your own style and simplest ways to do watercolor in more matured way.
Fun of mixing
We are not elaborating the materials needed here. We can do that some other days. Just all you need to have some watercolor papers, pencil (if you want to draw before colouring), brushes, pallete and watercolors! They comes in set of tubes or hard cake or even in moist pan paints. Water is the essential carrier here which you need off course. So whatever colors will be used for a painting we have to moisten them very well.
See the magical flow
You may know the names of various artistic techniques of watercolor like flat wash, wet-in-wet, wet on dry, graded wash, dry brush, various wet and dry layering techniques and what not! These things may get tricky yet playful while the color flows. If we discuss about the techniques rather than theory they will be much more interesting being practical. So first choose you subject. Select something interesting yet easy. Grab you pallet now and put the required colors in different sections. Dip a brush in water and then mix the colors well until you find your satisfied consistency. It could be thin or thick depending on your painting. Well that’s a pretty fun activity while doing watercolour.
Let’s be practical
Wet your paper now. Dip your brush in a color mix and wrap up with color. Now let the brush move on the wet paper. See how the color fills in the white. Do the same fun play with different colors, brushes with various strokes. See how all of these gradually layers into shape and finally a painting. Remember to play with light and shades. Each and every color have their own physical property. While some are transparent, some are thick almost opaque. Some of them will be smooth while some colors will separate into grain while dry. Just do them all.
Do the same thing again and again. Try big strokes with colors. Mix different colors like two or three. Don’t worry if the water gets muddy change it! Don’t forget to use separate brushes. Wash them well before jumping into another color mixing. Make your paper wet or dry but experiment with your colors. Do feel the fun!
You can paint your favorite pet, your travel destination or a spring season whatever you want. If your paper is full, pull another one and continue. The more you do it the more you will feel to be a pro. Take out your time for that, be consistent, make your space and be easy always. Finally be kind to yourself. Be patient so that your learning how to paint watercolors skill makes your days happy.