Watercolor Tips for Beginners to Start Painting Fun in 5 Steps!
One of the techniques of painting using watercolor paintings has been a boom in social media lately. This began with the rise of illustrators who uploaded their work through Instagram accounts. This hobby became crowded with many people.
As a result, professionals are interested in opening a workshop class for beginners who want to learn the basics of the technique. Start by face-to-face (offline), or also through videos on YouTube and blogs.
Well, for those of you who want to be good at painting, there are 5 easy ways to get to know the basic watercolor tips for beginners here!
Start looking forward to showing off your work on social media? Consider the following tips first
1. Get to know Brushes
The first thing you need to understand is to know which brush or brush is suitable for painting watercolor. Based on illustrator Rachel Hinderliter, there are two types of brush recommendations that are often preferred by many professionals.
First, Raphael Soft Aqua is round and has 12 choices. Starting from the smallest number 2 to the biggest number 24. Second, the quill brushes can hold a lot of water to perfect the final result, especially when painting leaves.
2. Distinguishing Colors
It is important for you to know that many types of watercolor can be seen changing after drying. It’s good as a beginner painter, you try all types of colors that will be used first. The method is quite easy, just by mixing paint and enough water. If you feel your watercolor collection isn’t too much, try matching two or more colors to create a new color. So it’s more economical, right?
3. Quality of Painting Tools
Various workshop classes recommend beginners to have good quality painting tools. Of course, this is tantamount to suggesting buying expensive paper, paint and brushes. That was what illustrated by illustrator Yao Cheng.
It is undeniable, high-priced painting equipment is able to provide different results compared to the affordable price. Even when painting, use the same technique. For example, if you use premium quality paper. Premium paper will not easily bend or even curl even though painting with too much water content.
Wow, does that mean you have to save extra hard to buy painting equipment? Of course this alternative can be found! One of them is by using watercolor shaped board set.
There are two recommendations that can be references for you, namely Winsor & Newton Cotman or Sakura Koi. Of course this can save budget compared to spending more to buy a full set of watercolors that are often used by professionals.
4. Plate as a Palette
As a painter you will definitely need a pallet to mix paint colors. Usually, professionals often use porcelain-based pallets. This type is good enough to combine colors. But as a beginner, you can simply use a white plastic flat plate. Besides being easy to get, the price is also more affordable, you know.
5. Use Small Paper
Make your paper watercolor size smaller. This method was effective when faced with nervousness when I started painting. Even though you are accustomed to making works, painters often do initial trials when doing coloring.
Therefore, to get the best quality, it is recommended to try it on smaller size paper. One size that you can make as a standard for training is 5 cm x 7 cm. Don’t forget too, make it a habit to sketch first. So that there is a limit when doing coloring, and it becomes neater.
Well, it turns out that being a beginner in the field of watercolor paintings is not easy either. However, all your efforts will not be in vain when you see the results later.
Moreover, if you practice more and more, you can make this hobby a business. Smart Buddies, are you interested in trying it?