Tell me about watercolors. Didn't i use watercolor paints in grade school?
You probably did. Watercolor is a clean, convenient paint you can use to create any picture you can imagine.
Art paints all use the same pigments for their beautiful colors. The pigments in watercolor paints are mixed with gum Arabic.
Watercolor is easy, safe and convenient. It is easy to clean-up with water.
The watercolor brushes I have been using for around twenty years have never seen soap. I just swish them around in water, blot the excess water away and lay them down flat to dry.
All you have to do is dip your brush into clean water and then dip you brush into your selected color.
You do not have to mix or add anything to the watercolors - just water.
Watercolor for beginners is so easy!
Mix your colors in the center of your palette. The more water you add, the lighter your colors will be.
If you want intense colors, use less water and more paint.
Keep a clean water container handy. Wash your brush out in clean water when you are changing colors, so you don't contaminate the other colors.
Watercolor paints come in two different forms.
brushes used on pan watercolors wear out faster from all the rubbing.
You are limited to using small brushes because a large brush would
over-lap into the adjoining pan colors.
Pan watercolors are very handy for travel and painting in the field. They are very easy for people starting watercolor for beginners.
Squeeze the tube paint out onto your palette. Cover the paint palette between painting sessions. If the paint dries out, spritz it with a bit of water and you are ready to paint again.
Tube watercolors are my chosen watercolor paint. You can get more vibrant, intense colors with tube watercolors.
Student watercolor paints have extenders added. They are less expensive because they contain less pigment. They are good for learning.
Start with the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue. Or a warm and cool version of each of the primaries.
Cadmium Red (warm red) and Permanent Rose (cool red)
New Gamboge (warm yellow) and Lemon Yellow (cool yellow)
Ultramarine Blue and Pthalocyanine Blue (Thalo Blue)
The most common weight is 140# paper. It needs to be stretched, otherwise it will buckle when you put water on it.
Watercolor paper in a block has the sides of the paper fastened down to prevent buckling. After your painting is complete and dry, remove the single sheet from the block.
A third option is 300# paper. It is a heavier paper that does not buckle when you paint on it.
Yes, you may paint watercolor on canvas.
But, only use canvas specifically labeled for watercolor.
Before you use it, brush a good bit of water on the canvas to break the surface tension of the canvas.
Otherwise the paint just tends to slide around.
Let the water soak away before you start painting.
You must seal the dry painting with a spray fixative.
Watercolor for beginners is much easier if it is painted on paper or a prepared panel.
Hardboard panels made for watercolor are my favorites. Almost all of my watercolor paintings are done on Aquabord made by Ampersand.
When the painting is dry, spray it with Krylon fixative. The finished painting is framed without a mat or glass.
Aquabord makes watercolor for beginners easier because mistakes can be removed. Mistakes are more difficult to remove from paper.
Watercolor painting requires soft brushes made out of either animal hair or a soft synthetic fiber.
You can do all your watercolor painting with just three brushes.
The more you paint, the better you will be and the more fun you will have.
What a joy it is to share beginners' watercolor painting with you!