I am a technical school, which means I Has Drawing, painting and crafts part of my research(I know, so rough.) No matter what, I had to open out the space in my week to create, in order to complete my task. These technical sessions, with just me and my material, become stressed is I Week. Fast forward to adult life, and I’ve found that can feel like a juggling to make space for regular creativity. However, there is a huge benefit to this right brain and show off your creative muscles–even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person(love this article on the topic).
I always found that creating with my hands is one of the best ways to make me feel now and refresh, and watercoloring is one of my favorite creative outlet to play together. This is meditation, calm and really so simple to pick up.
The texture, the layering, the soft colors, the movement of the brush and swirl the paint through the water work together to create a relaxing and tactile experience.
Whether you need a new way to understand or want to create works of art to complete a room in your home, I usually go into it point of view, I just want to play and experience the colors and movement, rather than”I must create a masterpiece.” So much more fun when you take stress, just explore! You never know, you might just want to frame it when you finish.
You really only need something to start watercoloring, and no limit to where you can put it. Make yourself some tea, put on a chill playlist, put your phone on Airplane Mode(really did!) And that painting!
The offer you will need:
Watercolor paint is usually in a tube or pot. I love the case the production of the watercolors–they are hand-mixed, Super Color having the best color and from a sweet small business. When picking colors to start, I just love the selection of colors make me happy!! See below a few of the most favorite choice.
Use any Cup, mug, or bowl of water and a plate or plane on the palette. I tend to like ceramic or glass, because they can be easily wiped clean. I like to find dishes at thrift stores, I can re-use or use the old notched plates, bowls and cups. This shop has beautiful hand-made palette, if you want to splurge!
Pro Tip: Use a Cup of water for your dirty brush and one used for painting and mixing colors. This will keep your colors clear and clean!
You generally want your paper to be thick, so it can withstand the water not piling, tear or curl. Look for paper that is a weight of 140lb/300 g or higher. Watercolor paper has two kinds of cold pressing, which has a good texture, and hot pressing, which a little more smoothly. You can use any size, but if you’re just playing a little is good a large blank paper can feel overwhelming or daunting. Remember this is not necessarily a masterpiece, you can throw when you’re done!
You really just need a few–one small and one large and you’re set! Size 2, 6 and 8 is huge. I like to keep a pencil near by to lightly drawing out of my drawing before adding paint.
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Some beginning tips:
- More water and the wipers, the less opaque your color.
- You can always add water, put it away! Just press a dry cloth or paper towel to the wet paint to remove.
- Try spreading a thin wash of water over the page first before adding pigment for diffusion of the organic look.
- Watercolor paints tend to swirl and mix easily–make sure the first layer is dry before adding the next if you don’t want to mix.
- If you something is out or collected in a pretty basket I assure you, will be more likely to go. Already drafting the space tidy and inviting so it won’t feel overwhelming to start!
- Find a virtual art class? This article is filled with resources.
Some watercolor techniques to try:
- These three foundations:
- Dry dry–just like it sounds, the wet paint to dry paper.
- Wet to dry can be done one of two ways. Whether it is by doing a basic brush Dip In the water, then paint, and then applied to dry paper or it is created by painting color on paper. After it has dried, apply the paint. Because watercolor is translucent, you will most likely see the layer behind the stroke.
- Wet Wet–this shows the best quality of watercolor painting ability to create beautiful spirits wash. Just wet the part you brush, and then dip your brush into another color and tap the wet areas, and observe the pigment of the feathers.
- Distinguish between wash–a sub-level of the wash shows a transition of the light into the darkness. Start by painting the darkest pigment portion and a slow layer of the overlap and the lights of the pigment with each layer.
- Salt–when applied to wet watercolor paper, the salt will absorb some color, and created a sandbox to see the effect on the page. Once the paint is completely dry, scrape the salt from the page.
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