Explore the watercolour medium with these beginner watercolour techniques

Watercolour is a flexible medium that can yield a plethora of versatile results. Start to master the medium with these basic techniques that will get you awash with ideas on how to get the most out of this paint.

 

You Will Need: 

  • Micador For Artists Brilliant Watercolour Discs, 24s
  • Micador For Artists Rains Watercolour Paper, DL
  • Water
  • Paint Brushes

 

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Technique 1: Wet on Wet

Wet the page using your brush. Then load your brush with more water and saturate with colour. As you paint watch the colour move around in the water. Move your paper around to get colours to move across the page. The wet on wet technique achieves an unpredictable and organic pattern across the page.
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Technique 2: Wet on Dry

For this step, leave your paper dry and load up your brush with water. Grab some colour and start painting. This technique creates even coverage across the page and is easier to control and blend.
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Technique 3: Dry on Wet

Paint water onto your paper and then dry your brush off. Leave just enough water on your brush to get the pigment of the watercolours. While you paint, notice how the paint becomes less opaque and leaves more brushstrokes.
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Technique 4: Dry on Dry

For this step, once again wet your brush just enough so that the brush collects pigment. Paint onto your dry paper. Since there is less water, the paint doesn’t flow smoothly onto the paper, however it does creates an interesting texture.
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