Today I want to give you some basic advices to get into watercolours! I’m gonna start saying that I’m not a watercolourist, although I use this technique really often. However I usually use them to create the first layers of my illustrations; I enjoy going on with other techniques, like coloured pencils and markers.
I learned and practiced a lot in the past, so I’ll love to share with you some of the things that I learned, espacially if you’re just starting with watercolours or you want to! So here you have five basic tips that could help you!
Even if you never painted with watercolours, don’t settle for a general watercolour paper because it’s cheap! Don’t get influenced by the fear of wasting the tools you just bought, because a cheap material could make the painting getting more complicated and the risk is that you could get discouraged right from the start. Watercolour papers could be really expensive, you could buy them when you ‘re more skilled. There are so many good and not ao expensive papers that are perfect for practice! Go for a 300g and 100% cotton paper, or you can also start with a 50% cotton. When I first started with watercolours I was using a Fabriano paper, 300g and 50% cotton. You can find some similar paper from Canson, as the Montval paper.
Same thing here. You can find watercolours in tubes or in godets. The chioce is really subjective. Tubes are perfect if you want to make big paintings; godets are perfect to carry round if you’re painting outside! I think the best option is to buy a 12 or 24 godets set. You can go for the Cotman sets from Winsor&Newton.
Brushes are so important with watercolours, perhaps as paper is. The most experienced watercolourists paint with brushes made with animal hairs; if you don’t want to go for that path, you can always use synthetic brushes! They’re cheaper and really good! I always use Da Vinci brushes or Cotmans from Winsor&Newton. The best thing is to find rounded and pointed brushes. You can also buy a flat brush, that you can use for backgrounds!
Try to always have clean painting water. You can use two different jars, the one in which you can clean your brushes and the one which you can use to dilute watercolours.
- Be patient
Watercolours are one of the most tricky painting techniques to learn, you need to be patient! Try to practice frequently, with really simple subjects. But the most important thing: HAVE FUN! 🙂
If you’d like to know more about watercolours don’t hesitate to ask or let me know in the comments! I’d love to share more with you!
Love, Cinzia xx