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

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Tip 5: Sketching in Outlines

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The final tip has less to do with watercolor techniques than it has to do with preparing your sketch.

When sketching in the details of an illustration, don’t make your lines too dark or harsh! Heavy lines will be very visible even under several layers of watercolor paint. In addition, you’ll be forced to use more pressure when erasing, which can damage the fibers of the paper.

Instead, sketch lightly and try to use the least amount of lines possible. You can make your lines even lighter with careful erasing (pro tip: if you have a kneaded eraser, you can roll it over your pencil lines while applying a little pressure). As you paint, these lines will practically disappear into your painting and allow the colors to shine through!

Good job! You’ve just picked up 5 new tips on watercolor techniques. Now get out there and make some art!

Want to see how Ahmad demonstrates these techniques? Feel free to watch his video here: