Watercolors are by far one of the most versatile mediums for artists. Not only can they be blended to create all colors of the rainbow, but there are a variety of different techniques you can use to create unique and beautiful effects. Keep reading to learn more about some of the best watercolor techniques to try for your next masterpiece.
What Paints and Brushes Do You Need?
When it comes to watercolor paint, there are a variety of different types to choose from. You are probably familiar with watercolor paint trays from your childhood – you simply wet your brush and rub it over the dry pigment to create your watercolor paint. If you are a serious artist, however, you’ll probably be more interested in watercolor paint that comes in a tube, having the consistency of toothpaste. There is also watercolor paint that comes in liquid form. In addition to choosing your paint, you also need to have an assortment of brushes on hand. Flat brushes are ideal for washes while rounded brushes are better for lines. There are also rounded flat and angled flat brushes as well as detail brushes that can be used for dots, fine lines, and other details.
Watercolor Painting Techniques to Try
Watercolor paints are incredibly versatile and you can develop your own techniques simply by experimenting with different amounts of water and paint. Here are some simple techniques you should try with watercolors:
• Wet-on-Wet – With this technique, you wet the paper first and then apply watered-down paint to create a fluid, unpredictable look. Use a flat brush to wet the paper then mix a moderate amount of water with your paint and dab it onto the wet paper, moving the brush where you want the paint to go.
• Wet-on-Dry – This technique involves painting onto a dry surface. The amount of water you mix with your paint will determine its intensity and the degree to which it can be spread. This method gives you more control over the paint, reducing fading and bleeding.
• Dry-on-Dry – With this technique you use the minimal amount of water possible to get the paint on the brush, then you blot away the extra on a paper towel before applying it to dry paper. If you are going for a rough textured look, this is the method to use.
• Dry-on-Wet – For this technique you start by wetting the paper and apply a watered-down layer of paint in the color of your choice. Next, you use a little bit of water to get the desired paint onto your brush and blot away the excess on paper towel before applying it to the wet paper.
The amazing thing about art is that each piece is completely unique and beautiful in its own way. For many artists, simply creating something with their own hands is beautiful. If you want to take your painting skills to the next level, consider trying some of the watercolor techniques discussed above the next time you bring out your watercolor paints.