Sunday, 2 August 2009

Watercolour painting 101:Part 1:Supplies

I have had a sudden intrest in watercolour painting.So iv created this series,a mix between my ideas, tips and what iv found in books and on the web.


Well basicly youll need:

watercolour paints:

Any will do , they are avalable in tubes or in tubs.So the tubes are in runny format and the tubes in solid.Either work fine,though i would recomend the tubs as they are better for beginners i.e. you wont waist paints by pushing to much out of the tube.WARNING:Do not close lid on wet tubs ones as they will go all horid if you do.let em dry first!The minimum you need as far as colours are concernd is red ,blue and yellow.Out of these basic colours you can mix allthe colours their are.oh and white is a good idea to get to and if you want to make things easier for yourself buy black to.


Get a good selection of thick and thin brushes.Basiclly the ones made from pigs hair are tougher than the other ones.Its also a good idea to get some flat ones to, as they are fab for straight lines andbig areas.Now comes the inportant bit:


1.First give it a lil wash over with water to get the most of the paint out.

2.Using a cheap bar of soap(which you bought for this perpose)get it all full of soap and smear in nicely with fingertips.

3.Now give it a good rinse tell all the soap is out

4.Make sure all the paint is out.

5.Now with your fingers and a bit of water shape the tip, like it was originally(so normal nice and pointy)



This is important for mixing colours in.You can buy many diffrnet models in china , wood, metall and plastic.Any will work fine.Always wash after use.If you dont want to buy one, make your own out of fimo(search artists mixing palette in google to get an idea of what it looks like.).


You can use any paper that is heavier than 140lbs.Other wise it will curl.

Water,Rags,Pencil and rubber

You can use any water.Tap water is fine.But sea salt water works to,though you will get a diffrent affect depending on which water you use.

Use any random rag or loo roll to wipe the water off the brush and stuff like that.

You will also need a Pencil for drawing a rough outline and a rubber to rub out mistakes.Buy a artists neadable putty rubber and an b2 and hb and h2 pencils.

So look out for part two soon.And have fun watercolouring.


1.Gather materials

2.Give it a go, not acctully painting any thing just get a feel for the paint.Why not paint a background of an art journal page?

3.Have fun and please comment:)

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