The Basics of Watercolor

watercolorWatercolor painting can be a very interesting hobby. As a matter of fact, any type of art as a hobby can be fulfilling, considering that you are trying to create something out of a blank white sheet of paper or canvas or whatever material you wish to use.

On a hobby such as watercolor painting, you can be able to create wonderful works with practice. And with practice, you would require a bit of discipline, patience and creativity. Your interest in your hobby would ensure that you have all these ingredients put in place and that will make you excel better at the craft in time.

What makes watercolor painting so interesting as well as challenging is that the paint used is not the only factor in creating the best watercolor paintings. The use of quality brushes as well as quality paper all work in order to allow you to make the best results for your creations. Even the best colors may not be as vibrant when used on poor quality paper and vice versa.

Poor quality brushes may not help in creating the desired composition on paper. A good combination between the three- the watercolor pigment, the paper and the brush- should be achieved in order to get the best results. Here are some watercolor basics that you may need to know as you get into watercolor painting as a hobby.

Choosing The Right Materials

Watercolor makes use of different materials from other painting techniques. The paint used is water-based. There are watercolor paints that show different levels of transparency. These paints are available in either tubes or in pans. Pan watercolors are hard cakes and are less expensive. It allows greater control for mixing but may wear the watercolor brush faster. Tube colors on the other hand are softer and can be used direct from the tube and into the paper.

In watercoloring, there are different paint brushes being used in order to achieve the different effects on paper. Watercolor brushes are made in order to hold water and are fairly softer compared to brushes being used in acrylic and oil painting. Watercolor brushes can come in flat, round, mop or fan. There are also several specialty brushes that are used in order to create special lines or effects.

Good quality brushes are those that retain a consistent pointed tip (for round brushes) even after being used a number of times. The best watercolor brushes are those that can absorb a sufficient amount of water. The softer natural hair brushes are often preferred although they can be quite expensive. There are also synthetic as well as mixed brushes to choose from.

The paper used being used in watercolor painting can properly support the paint as well as tough enough to withstand continuous painting action. Lesser quality paper may break down since watercolor paints make use of water that may weaken ordinary paper easily when it becomes wet. That is why watercolor paper is usually thicker that your ordinary paper in order to be able to hold the color without breaking down.

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