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7 Must-Know, Widely Used Watercolor Techniques For Beginners

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Kelly Eddington offers an easy-to-follow tutorial of 7 widely used watercolor techniques: 4 application techniques, and 3 wash techniques (thanks Kelly!). Here’s a breakdown of the highlights from the entire watercolor tutorial.

Materials used:

  • HB pencil
  • Postcard (4¼” x 512“)
  • 4 sheets of Arches cold press 140-pound watercolor paper (around 14″ x 10″)
  • Kraft paper tape (width 1″)
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • A container of water
  • Paper towel
  • Cardboard (at least 16″ x 12″)

Paints by Old Holland Classic Watercolors

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Permanent Green Light
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Sepia
  • Dioxazine Mauve
  • Turquoise (by Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolors)
  • Opera (by Holbein Artist Materials Watercolors)

Brushes

  • Sax: Copper acrylic wooden handle flat brush (size 10)
  • Royal: Soft grip golden taklon oval wash brush
  • Loew Cornell American Painter (4000 Series): Short handle round brush (size 6)
  • Loew Cornell American Painter (4000 Series): Short handle round brush (size 2)