How to Choose the Right Watercolor Colors to Get Started

It is important to know how to choose the right kind of watercolor colors since they have a great effect on the desired outcome. Read on to find out how to find the best watercolor colors suitable for your purposes.

Watercolor as a medium of art is easy, fun and challenging. For beginners, choosing the right materials for your watercolor painting must undergo enough deliberation so that you will know the best quality materials. It is also important to know how to choose watercolor colors since watercolor colors has a great effect on the painting. You must have an eye for different colors in the color wheel so that it will not be hard for you to choose from different kinds of colors.

There are many varieties of watercolor colors available in the market so choosing the right watercolor colors that will suit your taste and style is important. Watercolor colors are classified either professional or student quality paint. For beginners student grade colors are suitable because it is cheaper but if you can afford professional brand then buy one. Although student is also good yet professional brand is still better. Start with student then as time goes by get better quality paint.

There are watercolor colors available in paints and pan. Paint is very popular especially for those who paint very often. While those who paint only when they can and can’t keep paints from drying out uses pan or semi-moist watercolor. Individual paints in tubes are best to purchase, it is easy to use and not messy. When you buy paint tubes, look at the lightness number first in order to determine the quality and fading-resistance of the paint. The best lightness numbers are 1 and two, stay away from numbers higher than 2.

In selecting watercolor colors you will encounter frustration especially for beginners because there are many manufacturers of colors available. Two different manufacturers have same color name but have different actual color when you use it that is because of the different manufacturing techniques they’re practicing. The best way to solve this problem is to experiment, try to purchase different brands of colors then see what brand go well with your taste. Or when you purchase watercolors, try to test first the pigments before deciding of buying it. There are art sites that feature different shades of colors from different manufacturers for reference.

For watercolor novices, it is best to be comfortable in using first the basic colors. Once you master these colors you can then start using additional colors like earth colors. In this way also you will master how to mix colors using the basic colors to produce a different shade or tones of colors. Many old hand uses this techniques of mixing basic colors because it creates the best shade that they want to achieve.  

It is always helpful to make a list of the colors that you need before buying. This is really true not only in buying watercolor colors but also when we purchase different painting materials. It will guide you on what to buy. Asking for professional advice is also of great help since professional watercolorist has experience in purchasing high-quality watercolors. Or you can visit art site online that offers free advice.

In everything you do, it is best to know first what you really need, what you want, and how much will you spent, in other words plan it first. Just like choosing watercolor colors, know the different colors first, and then identify your style and taste. Know the prices and quality then compare and then purchase what you can afford.

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