Basics of Watercolour
The basics of watercolour by Roger Simpson from the most simple steps to more advanced

Basics of watercolourThe Basics....With your old scrap paper place it on your board and either tape it down with masking tape or clips, the size of the paper doesn't really matter at this stage. Place your board on an easel or prop it up on a chair., fill up your jar with water and place your brushes in the jar so they get used to the water and get nice and damp, get your paints and palette out. But before we actually begin to paint we have a few more basics to look at.....
 

Prepare your palette
You might have purchased a palette with say six wells for your paints and maybe a couple of wells for mixing so your going to be a bit stuck in squeezing out all the nine colours I suggested earlier, you can always wipe the paint out of one of your wells and replace it with another colour but this is tedious. It is far better to have plenty of room on your palette for all your colours your going to use, generally I place all my blues together, my reds together and my yellows together so I know where they all are. Say if you place a red next to a blue in your palette of colours and you go into the blue with your brush and you accidentally go into the red at the same time which can happen in the painting process, you wont have a pure blue, also water could seep into the red and then you have a bit of a messy not pure colour. Whereas If you go into the blue and there is a blue next to it and you accidentally go into the other blue, it wont matter so much, so always keep your colours as pure and as clean as possible.
 

Water
Basics of watercolour
Water is the medium we use to push watercolour about, to move it where we want it to go so we need to use it sparingly and not to flood our paint with it, we are painting so lets use paint and use less water. When painting we are aiming for a good painting, a painting with good colour, form and with good shapes, a pleasing composition whether it be a portrait, a landscape or a still life. It is the composition, the way the shapes are put onto our rectangular sheet of paper which determines if we have a good picture or not, so please, don't think that mastering watercolour means you will have a good painting, a painting is only as good as its composition. With the brilliance of good pure colours placed onto a good composition it can only enhance our painting, lets now go onto some colour mixing to get us into the watercolour mood.....

 
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