How to paint with a watercolor painting?

Published on : 30 April 20213 min reading time
Watercolor is made of fine pigments mixed with gummed water. Basically, it’s water-based paint. This type of paint is quite different from oil paint and has its own advantages. Its use also requires quite a bit of mastery for an optimal result.


The pigments that make up one of the main ingredients of watercolor are finely ground. This allows it to adhere well to the gummed water. Colors from watercolor tend to be less vivid. The intensity of the color can also depend on the amount of water added. By adding less water, the resulting color appears more accentuated. Some artists take advantage of this property of watercolor to create several variations of the same color. In earlier times, this type of paint was used to create the first sketches of a work. Easy to rework, watercolor can be modified even if the paint is already dry. The important thing is to know how much water to add to the color for the top layer.

What you need to know

Using watercolor paint is not as easy as you might think. It is important to master certain things. Since it is used on paper that must be chosen beforehand taking into account its weight. Thick papers are the most suitable to avoid that they tear easily under the effect of water. Two methods can be used to start this kind of painting. The first is to put water on the sheet before applying the paint directly. And the second, to paint on the sheet still dry. For the first one, it is important to know the colors well in order to avoid bad dosages. The principle of watercolor painting is simple, the more layers you have, the darker the color becomes. It is therefore necessary to go from the lightest to the darkest.

Materials and features

To be a good painter, whatever the technique used, it is important to have the right materials. The main materials to have for a successful watercolor painting are: brushes, color palettes, sheets and water container.

It is not uncommon to find people practicing watercolor in gardens and parks. Indeed, the outdoors is a technique that is very well suited to this type of painting. The outdoor air allows the paint to dry quickly, which facilitates the painting process. Many contemporary artists still use this technique to create watercolor paintings.

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