Before I started writing this post, I decided to conduct some online research on painting with watercolors for beginners. And … holy moly. I personally use watercolors all the time, and the information I found on Google overwhelmed me. I believe that the best watercolors for beginners are student grade.
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Mastering watercolour technique is a crucial part of becoming proficient at the art form. Though watercolour may be a tricky medium, when handled correctly it can be versatile and flexible and is certainly worth pursuing. Also known as aquarelle, the art of watercolour dates back thousands of years. Watercolour paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. Light reflects off the white of the paper and bounces up through the colours, creating a luminosity that can be truly magical. These must-know watercolour techniques will help you to get to grips with the medium.
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Pick up a brush and try your hand at one of these techniques. For impressionistic impact, let watercolor washes of blue, pink, and mellow yellow color your canvas. The poetic combination calls to mind a stroll in a garden —one so romantic that it would move Van Gogh or Georgia O'Keefe to paint.
Watercolor painting has a reputation for being unforgiving, but there are several different ways to fix mistakes in watercolor, make changes, or even to incorporate mistakes into your painting if you can accept some as "happy accidents. And if so inspired, you can go into your piece with other media to cover up less desirable areas and turn it into a mixed-media creation. Firstly, it is important to be aware that some colors have a greater staining power and thus are more permanent than others. For example, alizarin crimson, Winsor blue, sap green, hookers green, and phthalocyanine blue act more like dyes; they stain the paper and are harder to remove completely through traditional means.