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Back To Watercolor Basics: A Crash Course On Watercolor For Beginners

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Step 1: Introducing Watercolor Basics – A Unique Transparency

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Steve gives a quick self-introduction and shows two paintings he’s done. He explains the charm of the watercolor medium, which is in its transparency. This involves controlling water and its translucency to your advantage, and allowing light to pass through the paint to let the colors “glow”. He also emphasizes the importance of planning out your composition and using the right colors, as mistakes can’t be fixed simply by covering them up with paint. Although white paint is used to touch up areas or add opaque details, using too much will detract from watercolor’s transparency. This means utilizing the white of the paper as much as possible, making the approach to watercolor slightly different from another art medium.