Learning Watercolour

Getting started with watercolour painting.

Although I have briefly touched on the materials and equipment that I use, I feel it is important to go into a little more depth and supply you with some guidelines on some of the materials you will need. You don't need to go overboard on this, you can create some fantastic art using just one colour and one brush. In fact it's good practice to try doing this, you'll learn a lot about colour values and minimising brush strokes.

Which watercolour paper should you use. 

Watercolour paper is an essential material for any watercolour artist, and there are many different types available. Each type of paper has its unique characteristics that can affect how the paint behaves and how the final painting will look. Here are some of the most common types of watercolour paper and what they are most useful for when painting:

In general, the type of watercolour paper you choose will depend on your personal preferences and the style of painting you are creating. When selecting paper, consider the texture, absorbency, and weight of the paper, as well as any special features such as pre-stretched blocks or handmade paper. By experimenting with different types of watercolour paper, you can find the perfect paper to bring your paintings to life.

Selecting the colours for your watercolour palette.

Selecting the most useful palette of watercolour paint colours can be a subjective decision, as it depends on personal preferences and the subject matter an artist wishes to paint. However, there are some colours that are considered to be staples in any watercolour palette. Here are some of the most useful watercolour paint colours:

When it comes to the format of watercolour paint, artists can choose between pans and tubes of pigment. Pans are pre-dried cakes of paint that are available in a range of colours, and they are portable, easy to use, and convenient for outdoor painting. Tubes, on the other hand, contain wet paint that can be squeezed out as needed. Tubes are more flexible, as they can be used to create custom colours and are often more economical in the long run.

In conclusion, the most useful palette of watercolour paint colours for an artist will depend on the subject matter they wish to paint and their personal preferences. Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Viridian Green, Raw Umber, and Paynes Grey are considered to be staples in any watercolour palette. When it comes to the format of watercolour paint, artists can choose between pans and tubes of pigment based on their needs and preferences.

Choosing watercolour brushes..

Choosing the right brushes is essential for achieving successful watercolour paintings. There are many different types of brushes available, and the selection can be overwhelming for beginners. Here are some of the most useful brushes for watercolour painting, along with considerations for whether they should have synthetic or natural bristles, and their longevity:

When choosing between synthetic or natural bristles, it is important to consider the quality of the brush and the intended use. Synthetic brushes tend to be more durable and less expensive than natural hair brushes, but they can sometimes lack the softness and flexibility that natural hair brushes provide. Natural hair brushes, on the other hand, are more expensive but can provide better control and softness for delicate work. Ultimately, the longevity of the brush will depend on the quality of the bristles and how well they are cared for. Proper cleaning and storage of brushes can help extend their lifespan.


Now you're ready to start watercolour painting.

Amazing watercolour artists you may wish to follow and learn from.

These are just a few examples of the many talented watercolour artists alive today. You can find these artists and many others on social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram, where they often share their work and insights into their creative process. It's well worth checking them out.