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Do’s and Don’ts: Essential Watercolor Techniques & Tips for All Beginners

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Tip 1: Avoid Printer Paper

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The first tip is pretty straightforward: don’t use printer paper!

Printer paper is very thin and flimsy, which means it doesn’t hold water very well. Even just a single layer will cause it to buckle and create unsightly wrinkles all over the page. Yuck!

Instead, you can use printer paper to sketch and plan your illustration. When it’s time to paint, use the heavier watercolor paper brands which are produced especially for watercolor painting. Famous watercolor artists favor these papers because they’re able to hold tons of water and paint with limited buckling, pilling, or wrinkling. Good watercolor paper is a big investment, but your art will definitely thank you later.