Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting is a technique of painting using water-based pigments and transparent washes that occur naturally when they touch moistened paper or opposing color grounds.

This painting medium is suitable for many subjects and is usually begun with a sketch of the subject on paper.

Watercolor is used extensively in creating artworks that are featured in greeting cards, special events, or any other applications. It may also be used for creating fine artworks that are usually framed and displayed.

Supplies for Watercolor Painting

Watercolor is often considered a gateway to the world of painting and art in general, so it’s no wonder that you can try it with a very limited arsenal. Below is a list of supplies you will need to get started:

Please note that you’re good to start with only having the first three.

Watercolor Painting Techniques

Below is a list of the most popular techniques used in watercolor painting:

  1. Flat Wash
  2. Graded Wash
  3. Wet on Dry
  4. Wet on Wet
  5. Dry Brush
  6. Scumbling
  7. Splattering
  8. Blooming
  9. Sponging
  10. Masking
  11. Glazing
  12. Scratching
  13. Glossing
  14. Paint Lift-Off
  15. Salt


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