Neophyte’s Guides for Mess-Free Watercolor Painting

A piece of art is never exquisite if it does not meet the expectations of its viewers, do you agree? Regardless of how you take the statement, it’s a fact that how other people see your artwork reflects your ability as an artist and the quality of your work. This ought to serve as your fundamental guide whenever wondering about the subject to paint and the techniques to follow for such to be realistically portrayed. But of course, there are several factors that could affect your final output. It’s also inevitable to commit certain mistakes in the process. And if you can hardly avoid or fix any of those, your masterpiece might get ruined. Which is why it is clever to observe these guides for your mess-free watercolor painting:

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Test a Color First
It dries quickly the moment you spew it on a piece of paper or canvas. As such, testing the color before following your sketch or freely outlining anything you have in mind is very important. This will give you input in knowing whether what you intend to use is hue or tone. Bear in mind, though, that the watercolor paint always appears intense when it is wet and lighter when dry. For proper and convenient use, therefore, you should get used to it by consistent practice with oil paintings from photos.

Control the Amount of Water
Adding too much water on the watercolor paint is a big “no-no”. That could be avoided by dabbing your brush onto a dry cloth before putting such in the paint again. In instance where you’ve loaded your brush with paint and decided to use lesser paint, make sure that you use clean cloth at ferrule end of the brush hairs to soak up the excess amount. Doing so is necessary to keep the pigment at the tip of the brush which is important for easier and successful painting process.

Use Appropriate Watercolor Brush
Whatever result you get in the end is not just the end-product of your ability, techniques, and type of paint, but likewise of the materials including a brush that you used. So it’s very important that you choose the most appropriate kind of watercolor brush – that which best in painting your subject and can be handled with ease. Remember that a good brush retains its good shape which is a necessity to have fine brushmark from the point as it holds the needed quantity of the substance for pet paintings from photos.

Remember that the Dry Watercolor remains Soluble
This is a very obvious thing that you should remind yourself about – such type of paint remains soluble even if it has dried. Because of this nature, you should avoid placing the artwork in moist areas. But you can also benefit from such as you can re-wet the dried paint with water on a brush and such will turn back into paint. Meaning, then, that you can remove the paint to fix any mistake, lighten the color, and/or mix it with new paint. In any of such attempts or initiatives, though, you should be extra careful not to scrub at the paper as that may result to damage on the surface of Painting from a photo.

And one last thing: don’t ever forget that mistakes are just part of the learning experience. So whether you’re an expert or a beginner, it’s normal – but not in all cases, of course.


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