5 Mistakes A Watercolour artist Never Wants To Make

by Skyblue

Are you tired with the constant struggle you have to keep up with selecting the right amount of water to fill in the brush while making a water colour art work?

Do you get irritated with the undesired colour bleeds ruining your master piece?

Does your painting look ordinary and un-pleasing even after a lot of efforts?

Water colours are trickier to work with because there is no room for mistakes like in case of acrylics and oil paints you can just add up another layer to hide your mistake.

Worry not!! We have got you covered….

If you are a beginner or intermediate for water colours this blog is going to be a game changer!

Following are the 5 common mistakes you would never make again:

  • Not Using the correct amount of water:

    As a beginner, artists usually struggle with taking the right amount of water in the brush. Both, taking too much of water or too less of water is equally threatening. Using too much of water than actually needed can fade out the richness and pigmentation of the colours and turn the paper soggy by causing a pool at one spot. Working with a brush over loaded with brush can be difficult to control and cause undesired colour bleeds. While using too less little of water can add up too much of texture than needed. Example: Painting skin with a dry brush would give immoderate texture than needed.

  • Choosing The Wrong Paper:

    The quality of paper plays a huge role in the out-put of your art work. Don’t hesitate to invest in a good quality hot or cold pressed cotton paper. Selecting a wrong paper can keep the desired results at the bay. If the intension is to have a smooth butter like finish, hot pressed paper gives the best result while the cold pressed ones are perfect for textured look. 300 gsm paper is a good thickness to work on for a wet medium like water colour. It is important to keep a check on the thickness of the paper, using low gsm papers for wet medium can make the paper soggy and does not allow you to work in layers.You can enjoy using techniques like scrubbing, lifting and layering with a decent quality paper.

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  • Ignoring The Importance of Negative Space:

    It is very important to plan out the arrangements of the art work before you start working for a better desired outcome. The depth of painting does lie in the negative spaces. This artistic medium requires us to be much more mindful and delicate, even, right from the start of the painting process. We would highly recommend to have practiced basic exercises before jumping into a more complex subject and to make sure you are aware about the characteristics of the medium.

  • Using a wrong technique:

    Water colours are playful mediums to work with because of its interesting techniques. Wet on wet technique for easy bleeds and blurry effect can be used. It is a treat for eyes to watch the colours merge effortlessly in the flow of water. Wet on dry technique can be used to give a sharp, detailed effect. Various other methods in this medium also includes salts, Cellophane Paper, tissue papers, etc to add different textures. Choosing a wrong technique can turn your dream art work to a night mare really quick.

  • Losing Patience while working In Layers:

    Patience is the key. Rushing towards the final results can turn a master piece into a complete disaster in a matter of seconds. It is important to work in layers to paint a detailed complex painting. Make sure you are making the layers underneath dry before you start with a new layer. Over working on paper can also ruin the natural texture of the paper.

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