How To Paint a Beautiful Watercolor Painting
1. Sketch in Pencil First -
When first starting out designing your watercolor painting it can be helpful to roughly sketch the proportions of your painting on the paper. This will help you keep the overall composition in mind while you are laying in the color. Just be careful to not draw too dark or the pencil lines will show through, try using a hard lead pencil to keep lines light. If you have trouble with the pencil smearing, try using a fixative spray before you begin painting.
2. Use the Right Amount of Water -
Be sure not to over saturate the paper when working in watercolor. This can cause the pigment to pool in an unsightly way, as well as cause the paper to warp. Correctly wetted paper should be wet enough to draw in the paint, but not wet enough to make the paper shiny.
3. Use Quality Brushes -
A good quality brush is paramount to creating a beautiful painting. If you don't have a good paint brush however, a medium to large round brush can do just about anything. Keep in mind, when wet, a brush should naturally come to a fine point for detail work. If yours doesn't, this will make all the difference in the world.
4. Don't Use too Much Pigment -
Be careful when loading your brush with paint to not add too much or add too many different colors. An overloaded paintbrush can leave an excess of pigment on the page causing some watercolors to look 'muddy'. Clean quality pigments can help alleviate this problem as well.
5. Consider Adding Mixed Media Elements -
Adding mixed media elements such as pen & ink can help add visual interest to a painting. The idea is not to overwhelm the painting with ink but to add depth and textures. This can accentuate the watercolor paint nicely and create a striking image.