I sketched out the mangoes with the Rule of Thirds and transferred them to my painting surface.
I normally use Aquabord for my watercolor paintings. I want to show you some of the other watercolor supports.
You may get large sheets of watercolor paper, 22"x30" in the common weight of 140 pounds.
The paper may be cut into smaller sizes. A half sheet would be 15"x22" or a quarter sheet would be 11"x15".
You may purchase paper already cut to smaller sizes.
Paper that is 140# or smaller must be fastened down to keep it from warping.
Alternately a watercolor block of 140# paper has the sides glued together to keep the paper from buckling when water is applied.
A second option is to use 300# paper. It stays flat when water and paint are applied. I used 9"x12", 300# cold-pressed paper for this painting demo.
Watercolor Block of 140# Paper
300# Sheets of Paper
what is the best watercolor paint?
There are many good quality watercolor paints. My personal favorite brand is Winsor Newton.
Professional artist paints contain more pigment than the student paints. Consequently they give better coverage. The difference in paintability is worth the price.
how do you use watercolor tube paint?
We are all familiar with watercolor pan paints from grade school. Pan paints are handy for painting out in the field.
Tube paints are a better choice for studio painting. They contain more glycerin to keep them moist and flexible. It is easier to get a brush full of paint from tube paints. They give us more colorful paintings.
my color scheme
I used a triad of the primary colors. Primary colors are equally spaced around the color wheel.
Glazing with watercolor works best with transparent colors.
- New Gamboge/Lemon Yellow/Raw Sienna
- Winsor Red
- Ultramarine Blue/Cobalt Blue
New painters please refer to How to Watercolor Paint for more necessary preparations.