Beginner's guide to watercolor art

Beginner’s Guide On How To Start Watercolor Art From Scratch

Art has been around for a very long time, in many cultures it can be found in the form of paintings, carvings, and even cave drawings. Many have said that art is a universal language. If this is true, art will soon become one of the most accessible mediums available. 

Learning how to start watercolor art can be a real journey into a world of creativity. The use of watercolor as a painting medium was born out of necessity in this country. Most landscape paintings are based on the use of watercolors. However, the term watercolor is a vague one. It could mean many different mediums, which makes it so very confusing.

10 tips for watercolor artists – a beginner’s guide

A great way on how to start watercolor art is to learn some basic techniques and see what it can do for you. Watercolor gives the painter a chance to really be creative. Many techniques such as blending and layering can really come to life in the watercolor medium.

This article will have you 10 points on how to start watercolor art as a beginner:

1. Wait before you walk on to the corrections: 

Watercolor is a fast-drying medium, meaning the painting will dry quickly. This is a huge advantage over oils, which requires the paint to sit for an extended period of time for the paint to fully dry. This makes it very hard to correct mistakes since the paint has already dried and most paints are semi-transparent. 

If you are making many small changes to your painting or do large adjustments, it is best to wait until the painting is dry, rather than overdoing it while it’s wet.

2. Paint in the tube looks different than the one dissolved in water:

Don’t expect your painting to have the exact same color as the original. Watercolors tend to look different than oil, so don’t expect them to be true to life. A watercolorist should know that a perfect painting in their hands is never going to be the same as the original.

3. Choose water-based paints:

Remember that when you’re painting, the paint should be water-based, so all water will be absorbed into the paper, leaving the paint onto the paper. This is great for landscape paintings because the paper can take on the same shape of the mountain or valley that you painted on it, making it easier to blend colors. But, it’s difficult when painting people or animals because the paper will stick to the brushstrokes and it will be very hard to blend the colors together.

4. Be careful with the amount of water you use: 

Avoid using too much water or it will be difficult to work with.  Your brushstrokes will be more difficult to control, and the paint may drip.

5. Copy an existing art:

A good suggestion is to find a piece of art that you like and then copy it. You’ll know immediately if you’re doing a good job or not, as you’ll be copying a painting that you like. Once you understand how to copy a painting, you can do other things that will help you learn. You can use photographs, stamp pictures, or an already existing watercolor painting. 

6. Practice makes one perfect:

This is the most important part of learning to paint. Don’t worry, 

it will come in time. The more you paint, the more you will learn. If you like doing things, then you should keep doing them, no matter what. The amount of time you invest in an hour while taking care of the finest details, color palette, etc will all count at the end. If you want to improve your painting skills, then keep on painting. 

7. Start out small: 

Don’t make the mistake of buying expensive equipment to make your painting perfect. It will just become too expensive to clean it. Instead, look for something that you can use that is within your means and start out small. Start with things that are easily obtainable. The things that you choose to paint can be as simple as a few small shapes on a piece of paper or as complex as a whole piece of paper or canvas.  Start out by choosing one shape and then work your way to a full-size painting. Don’t worry, just start slowly and take your time.

8. Learn how to find an inspirational piece of art: 

You may find inspiration from books, magazines, newspapers, websites, art shows, museums, or even from people. The sky’s the limit. The inspiration can come from any source you want. In case you’re running short on ideas, pick out an art challenge.

9.  Be open to experimenting:

Don’t be afraid to experiment and play with your technique. There are no rules when it comes to painting, just keep experimenting and you’ll see the painting begin to come alive. When it comes to colors, choose your favorites and then choose your least favorites. Paint a color, even if it’s just one. 

10. Make sure you keep working on your style:

Keep adding details, and making your paintings more interesting. Keep experimenting with your color pallet, even if it is a color you thought you would never like, just try it and see what happens. 

At last,

When you start making a painting, it is helpful to think about what you want your painting to say to the viewer. A painting can have all the colors of the rainbow, but if the painting doesn’t have an emotion or feeling behind it, then it is just some paint splashed onto the paper. Think about how you can make your painting the most interesting to the viewer, while still being visually appealing.

If you have problems while using watercolor, do not get discouraged. You may not be able to create the most perfect piece right away, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t a watercolor artist. To know more about what to keep in mind before starting watercolor painting, read our blog here

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