One of the most appealing aspects of watercolour painting is the exitment and unpredictability of the medium. Watercolour is a fluid and dynamic form of art that can produce stunning effects with a little practice and experimentation.
In this blog post, I will share some tips and tricks on how to embrace the exitment and unpredictability of watercolour and use it to your advantage. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, you can always learn something new and challenge yourself with watercolour.
Tip #1: Use quality materials
The quality of your materials can make a big difference in the outcome of your watercolour paintings. Cheap or low-quality paints, brushes, and paper can cause frustration and disappointment, as they may not behave as you expect or produce the desired results.
Investing in quality materials will not only improve your painting experience, but also help you achieve more exitment and unpredictability in your watercolour. Quality paints have more pigment and less filler, which means they are more vibrant, transparent, and responsive to water. Quality brushes have better shape retention, water holding capacity, and springiness, which means they can create more varied strokes and textures. Quality paper has more sizing, which means it can withstand more washes, layers, and corrections without buckling or tearing.
Tip #2: Experiment with different techniques
Watercolour is a versatile medium that offers a range of techniques to create different effects. Some of the most common techniques are wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry-brush, glazing, lifting, splattering, masking, and salt. Each technique has its own advantages and disadvantages, and can produce different levels of exitment and unpredictability in your watercolour.
The best way to learn these techniques is to experiment with them on scrap paper or in a sketchbook. Try mixing different colours, applying different amounts of water, using different brushes, and varying the timing and direction of your strokes. Observe how the watercolour reacts and interacts with the paper and other colours. You may be surprised by the results you get!
Tip #3: Embrace accidents and mistakes
One of the most challenging aspects of watercolour painting is dealing with accidents and mistakes. Watercolour is a medium that is hard to control and predict, and sometimes things may not go as planned. You may end up with unwanted blooms, backruns, cauliflowers, mud, or stains on your paper.
However, instead of getting frustrated or giving up on your painting, you can try to embrace these accidents and mistakes as part of the exitment and unpredictability of watercolour. Sometimes these accidents and mistakes can add character, interest, or texture to your painting. You can also try to fix them by lifting, glazing, or masking them with other colours or elements. Or you can simply leave them as they are and move on to the next part of your painting.
The key is to have a positive attitude and a flexible approach when painting with watercolour. Don't be afraid to experiment, explore, and enjoy the process. Remember that watercolour is a medium that has a life of its own, and sometimes you have to let it do its thing!
I hope you found this blog post helpful and inspiring. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Happy painting!