WATERCOLOR - GETTING STARTED
beginners guide - this is aimed at the person who has
to paint with watercolour, but has never started...
Painting with watercolor can become a very
addictive pastime. I have seen people take it up and
become so absorbed with it, their life takes on a new
direction. Apart from the social side of classes,
workshops, exhibitions, art societies etc. there is the
unpredictable nature of the medium that has fascinated
artists for hundreds of years.
Watercolor is not
a medium to be mastered or conquered. The accidental
effects and unpredictable behaviour of the different
pigments are what make watercolor so interesting. For
me, the fascination with watercolor comes from
experimenting and discovering things I don't know, rather
than the mastery of what I do know.
started with watercolour requires very few materials. For
the exercises that follow, here is all you need:
#2 Taklon fibre liner brush
1" flat brush (Taklon fibre) long bristles are best
1 sheet of Cotman or Bockingford 300gsm paper cut
A white plastic plate or flat lid for a palette
Masking tape and a piece of cardboard to tape
down your paper.
An old towel to cover your work table and wipe
your brush on.
Buy the best you can
afford, but remember, some of the most beautiful,
expressive, water based paintings were done on cave walls
with mud and a stick!
These few things will allow you to get
acquainted with working in watercolour without spending a
lot of money on equipment. If you want to add to this go
to tools and materials and click on the links to find out
more about different materials
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