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post #1 of Old 07-10-2020, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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New to watercolor - start with pencils or not?

Hi, all:

I'm looking to start learning watercolor painting - purely for my own enjoyment, as I'm not a professional artist by any means - and was recommended to start with watercolor pencils instead of traditional painting. What are the pros and cons for starting with one or the other, and can anyone offer me an educated recommendation based on experience/expertise?

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post #2 of Old 07-13-2020, 02:08 AM
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Hi, all:

I'm looking to start learning watercolor painting - purely for my own enjoyment, as I'm not a professional artist by any means - and was recommended to start with watercolor pencils instead of traditional painting. What are the pros and cons for starting with one or the other, and can anyone offer me an educated recommendation based on experience/expertise?

Thanks!
from my humble experience every piece of art is better to start with pencils
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Hello!

That is so exciting that you're exploring watercolours as a medium for painting.
I began using watercolour paints (not pencils) when I was 16 years old, and learned different techniques on my own by experimentation / play. To me, this is the best way to really discover the wonders of any medium in creating art, or sculpture , or any creative endeavour!
I did read a few books dedicated to watercolour painting, and this was really helpful, but nowdays you can easily access tutorials online with Youtube, artist's websites etc which I would strongly recommend. It helps so much to actually see how layering works with these delicate, beautifully transparent paints, how to do wet on wet or wet on dry techniques amongst others.
I do use watercolour pencils as an enhancement to my watercolour paints, but I personally would explore the paints first as this will give you a solid grounding on the nature of the medium and how to mix the colours themselves using a palette and water.
Good Luck, and most of all - have fun, enjoy and play with your Creativity!
You can check out some of my watercolour paintings process on my Blog:
https://lizapaizis.wordpress.com/cat...rcolor/page/2/
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post #4 of Old 07-21-2020, 02:02 PM
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Hi, I've been teaching art and design subjects to adults in the UK for 20 years and watercolour painting in particular for the last 7 years at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution in north London. I strongly suggest ( as the previous person in the thread suggested) that you concentrate on using watercolour paints. I would also suggest that you use a 300 gms rough paper so that you do not have to bother stretching it and you can enjoy the way colours intermingle, granulate and settle down into the texture of the paper. I teach a Zoom class on Monday afternoons and you can see my work at: http://artworks-writings-mwkelly.blo...ercolours.html
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