One of the most forgiving, yet most challenging, types of painting is watercolor painting. Watercolors can either be highly fun or highly frustrating to use, depending on whether you are applying them correctly or not. In this guide, I will talk about some important tips you should always keep in mind when working with watercolors. While there are different techniques to work with this medium, I will focus on wet-in-wet watercolor painting as that is my personal favorite.
This watercolor technique involves the application of watercolor on wet paper. This leads to very spontaneous results at times, where colors flow and mix with one another unpredictably. However, there are still some ways you can maintain control over your work.
- The Paper is Important
You can’t start working with this technique on just any paper. It’s important to have paper that is sturdy and absorbent so that it holds up to the applied water and pigment for longer. Try different papers and see which one you like best. The longer a paper can allow water to float on it, the more control you will have over your paint.
- The Timing is Crucial
If you apply paint to a very shiny and wet part of your paper, it’ll spread out a lot and create dazzling tones of itself. If the paper is too dry, the paint will not spread but rather stay bright and smooth. It’s important, therefore, to know what kind of effect you want any applied color to have on the painting. If you need your colors to mix with one another, then apply water to the paper first, and if you need your colors to stay plain and bold then let the paper dry out a little.
- Corrections are Easy
One of the best thing about watercolors is that you can always make corrections, provided that the paint is non-staining and the paper is still wet. All you need to do to fix a mistake is to use a wet brush and ‘lift’ the unwanted paint from the paper. You’d be surprised to see how well this simple way to take paint off of paper works.
Armed with these three very simple tips, you should be able to create some stunning watercolor paintings of your own. Be sure to experiment a little and practice as much as possible so that you’re confident with the medium.
Oil painting is one of the most popular kinds of painting. Oil paints have been used for a very long time and remain to be the medium of choice for many painters due their ease of use and versatility.
Keeping that in mind, we have brought to you some of the most important things you should remember when making art with oil paints.
1. Get the Right Grip
Often ignored, this is one of the most basic and crucial steps to mastering the art of oil painting. If you don’t master the grip of your brush, you can’t paint as well as may be possible. The actual grip you choose will be dependent on what you are comfortable with, but you should try to hold the brush as far away from the tip as possible. This gives you the freedom to use your whole arm for the painting rather than limiting you to only the wrist.
2. The Brush has Two Sides
Many people who are new to painting don’t realize that they can use their flat brushes’ sides as well to get sharper lines where needed. It’s important to keep this tip in mind when you need to make fine lines or adjustments in your paintings.
3. Pressure is Key
In oil painting, the pressure you put on the brush plays a very important role in how your painting comes out. If you put too much pressure on your brush, the paint spreads to the sides of the brush and makes thick edges. If the pressure is too light, the strokes will come out broken and uneven. Be sure to use varying degrees of pressure to get the exact look that you want.
4. Keep the Colors Clean
Painters often use brushes that already have a color applied to them to pick up a new color and start painting with it. This affects the integrity of the new color and also causes problems when you use the same color somewhere else and find out that the older one looks different because a second color was mixed with it. It’s therefore vital that you use clean brushes for new colors if you want accuracy and consistency.
5. Use the Palette Knife
The palette knife can come in handy when trying to get a lot of texture in your painting. Many people use just their palette knives to make ‘knife paintings’ because this tool gives a unique look to the paintings with its thick and uneven strokes.
There are many little things you should always keep in mind when using oil paints. It’s a great medium as it is versatile and forgiving when you make a mistake. People can achieve great things with oil paints, so be sure to follow these tips and tricks to get the most out of the medium.