10 Essential watercolor techniques for beginners

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10 Essential watercolor techniques for beginners

10 Essential watercolor techniques for beginners

The unique fluid and transparent qualities of watercolors are what lend incredible beauty to this art medium. Having said that, these same characteristics are what beginners find unforgiving. For this reason watercolor painting has the reputation of being difficult to learn.

I remember when I started painting with watercolors it was a struggle to get the paint to do as I wanted. But that’s probably because I ignored some of the basic techniques that watercolor artists use to control their work.

So what are the most important watercolor techniques that any beginner should know and learn?

Some of the most fundamental techniques that beginners should know include watercolor Washes. Flat, Graded, and Variegated are all techniques any novice should learn. Wet on Dry and Wet on Wet techniques help to understand how to paint hard or soft edges and how to blend with watercolors. Techniques such as Dry Brush, Scumbling, and Splatters are useful for adding texture to your artwork. And the method of Reserving Whites and Lifting Off are unique to watercolor painting and important for creating highlights and controlling values in your painting.

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