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7 Must-Know, Widely Used Watercolor Techniques For Beginners

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Step 1: Preparing To Practice Watercolor Techniques


To start, prepare 4 sheets of Arches watercolor paper by tracing around the postcard so you get 8 same-sized rectangles, 2 per sheet. Then, use the paper tape to tape around the edges of the first sheet of paper to the piece of cardboard. You can also label each rectangle after each technique used in this tutorial.

The first technique is a wet-on-wet application, which achieves a very fluid and unpredictable effect. With the Sax flat brush, wet the first rectangle on the watercolor paper with clean water (but not so much that puddles start to form). Then, mixing a moderate amount of water into your paint, drop different blue paints (Ultramarine, Prussian, Cerulean Blue, and Turquoise) using the wet brush onto the wet surface. You can experiment with different colors if you want. This is a good technique to cover large areas of sky, or areas where you need a soft underpainting (i.e. the first layer of paint). When you’re done adding all the paint you want, you can tilt the board around to help the paint blend and flow.