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Can You Paint? A Lesson In Watercolor

Updated on October 5, 2015

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Simple Beginning in Creating A Watercolor

At first, it's just practicing how to work with the water and the colors. First things first though. Buy some watercolor paper at your local arts and crafts store. You will need to tape around the edges so the paper stays flat. Also buy a spray bottle and get your paper wet before adding color. I like to draw the picture very lightly in pencil first. When you first add color, try doing the background colors first then adding a rough outline of the picture itself.

Once all that is in place, it's easier to add detail later. The nice thing about water color painting is that it s easy to fix if you make a mistake or want to change something. after it drys and you go back to finish, you can use water to remove unwanted parts and re-do.

Several Things To Do With Watercolor Art

There are so many things to do with watercolors and so many unique things you can come up with.

If you like a softer look you can use some tissue paper to dry up the water color and make a softer looking painting.

Using a spray bottle helps keep the paper wet and moist for a wetter painitng

A straw can be used to move wet watercolor paint for a unique looking painting.

Using tissue paper to soak up colors on a watercolor can make a great painting

While the painting is still wet, Salt makes for a different effect if used correctly.

Using a hairdryer gives a painting a different effect.

Be creative in your painting.

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Learn To Paint In 12 Easy Steps

12 Easy steps to making a basic watercolor include

1. Get a set of water colors

2. Get some paint brushes

3. Buy some acid free water color paper

4. Get a spray bottle

5. You will also need a pencil and other items that may be necessary are salt, hairdryer, a straw and some tissue paper.

6. Draw or trace you picture lightly with pencil

7. Spray your paper and paint with water

8. Mix colors and create texture.

9. Dry parts of your painting with a hairdryer and go back and add more color

10. Add layers and different colors. If too much water of too much of a color go back and blot it out and redo

11. Use salt to create different effects

12. Paint background

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Add Special Effects to Paintings

To creaet and even nicer painting, sometimes artists will add something special. One thing an artist can do is go back to the painting after it has dried and add pen and ink.

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Here is a hint. If you want to make a great watercolor painting, don't buy cheap water colors. Get good quality paints.

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