Entering into the world of art and Watercolor paintings is both a blessing and a curse. The bliss of wanting to create something unique and exquisite on your own in itself offers a superb feeling. On the other hand, if you are a newbie and possess the passion to craft paintings, sculptures, artefacts, etc but are not familiar with the techniques and the trends, it is quite hard to get into the groove of these artworks.
Take, for example, watercolour artworks. We all have, in our school time, created paintings using watercolour but to take it as a full-time career is totally contrasting. I myself have seen a lot of artists asking questions about how to start painting watercolour pieces on the web and there is limited information related to the same.
Watercolours are known for the lights and shades they offer in an artwork. What most of us realise only when start creating such pieces is that it is quite onerous to control the watercolours. This is why watercolours often hold a lousy image with respect to making a blunder in the art-creation process. There is no turning back for one single mistake, which makes them quite delicate to handle. Until you have the required skills and tips to utilise watercolours effectively, you won’t be able to actually make a name for yourself as an artist.
This said I am jotting down some of the finest tips that would help the artists like you before making watercolor paintings. Take a look:
The capsized approach
When making watercolour pieces, your avenue would be quite different from what usually artists do. Take any painter for an instance. Painters first brush down the darker colours and then move towards the lighter ones (in case of acrylic and oil paints). This would be totally inverted in the process of developing watercolour works. I recommend the artists to first start with lighter colours. This is so because the white colour is already present (comes from the canvas) and doesn’t come from the paint. Also, watercolours are transparent, which means that the light colours won’t stick out when done over the darker paints. Hence, a correct approach would be first to finish your lighter shade and then go ahead with the darker ones.
No, No, to more water
Artists who don’t have proper knowledge or who are new to watercolours have the assumption that more water creates more impact in these paintings. This is an absolutely terrible thing to do. Incorporating more water to the paintings and not rinsing & drying the brush post-wash is going to spoil the painting you want to make. The issue of over-spreading of watercolours happens because of the addition of extra water. This also develops muddy area over your artwork destroying the vivaciousness and gorgeousness watercolor paintings possess. The world of modern art has seen a lot of breath-taking watercolour pieces and all of them were created using less water.
Remember you are creating artwork using watercolour so the emphasis should also be on what sort of paper is being used. There are various kinds of papers that are suitable for watercolor paintings. However, it all depends on the quantity of watercolour you are utilising. Also, different papers have varied shades of whites that appear while making watercolour art. Hence, the thickness of the paper is a thing you should consider while developing such artworks. For artists who like to utilise more paint, thick paper is more fitted so that the paper doesn’t warp. If you are a beginner, I recommend 140 lb Cold Press paper, which has an intriguing texture for your artwork.
The Pro tip
One of the pro tips that you as an artist can use is to utilise the side a brush while creating watercolor paintings. It is so because painting with the tip of a brush can ruin the watercolour paper, which is too wearing in nature. This will make you not just save the paper but also bring out intense colour shades in the painting.
When creating a watercolour art, an artist has to plan and prepare a few things beforehand. Especially in the creation of such art pieces, the mixing of watercolours should be more than what you anticipate. This avoids the delay or hassle of the lack of amalgamated colours in the middle of development of a painting. Making the mixture in access prevents you to spend your time in blending the colours again amidst the development process.
You may think that these are just the casual tips but the reality is that these small considerations can help you in bringing an impactful start as an artist. Making watercolor artworks will become much simpler and fun if you follow these steps. Thanks!