10 Watercolour Painting Tips
Have a look through our art supplies to find watercolours, brushes, paper and use these handy tips to get you started on your watercolour painting.
- Test watercolours on the same brand and type of paper that you are painting on.
- Use paper of weight #140 or higher to avoid crinkling and leakage through the paper.
- You can use a flat white dinner plate for tube water colours if you don’t have a palette.
- Have two containers of water: one to clean brushes and one to wet your paint brush as you paint.
- Use a cheaper synthetic brush to do the mixing; and a more expensive brush (like a sable brush) to do the painting.
- Dipping your brush in hand soap before loading it with masking fluid will protect the brush and make it easier to clean.
- Masking fluid can be diluted with a little water to make it easier to apply.
- If your tube watercolour has hardened you can cut open the tube and use the hardened paint inside as if it were a block or pan of watercolour.
- You can clean watercolour brushes with mild soap and water.
- Use paper towels when cleaning out the paint on a palette; tissues leave residue behind.