How can you learn to paint with watercolor?


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Learn how to paint with watercolor by mixing colors correctly, testing colors before use and planning the painting before starting. Watercolor is easier to use when the painter has the right supplies, including a few good brushes, medium or higher thickness paper and a set of paints.

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Understanding the color wheel and how colors mix together is necessary when mixing watercolors. When colors are mixed too much or too many colors are mixed together, the result is muddy, brown paint. Don't mix more than two colors together.

When watercolor paint dries, it gets lighter, so paint doesn't appear the same on paper as it does on the palette. Test colors on a piece of paper first to see how they look.

With watercolors, start with the light colors and then paint the dark colors. White areas of paper are the lightest, so determine these areas beforehand by planning the painting.

Watercolor paint brushes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Paintings typically require one or two larger brushes and a couple smaller brushes to add details.

Paper for watercolor paintings must be thick enough to withstand the water. Medium thickness paper, which is 140 pound weight, usually works, although painters that use large amounts of water may want an even thicker paper.

Liquid, tube and pan watercolor paints are available. Pan paints are a good option for beginners, as they offer a variety of colors and aren't too expensive.

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