Common Mistakes to Avoid if You Love Watercolor Painting

Common Mistakes to Avoid if You Love Watercolor Painting

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A simple mistake of watercolor painting can ruin your entire work. Learn how to avoid the most frequently committed mistakes in watercolor painting.

When it comes to painting, many would think that watercolor painting is very easy because you only need paints, brush, water and surface to paint on. But this perception about watercolor painting is wrong, watercolor painting is so hard to master and it takes lots of experience to perfect this form of art. A simple mistake of watercolor painting can ruin the entire piece. Most artists commit the same mistakes in their watercolor painting.

For novice painter, here are some common errors that must be avoided when you paint.

The most common mistake done especially by novices is plunging the paintbrush directly into the paint bottle. In this manner you will apply thick coats of paints into the surface which will create to a patchy and messy look to the painting. The best way to use paint is by using palettes, take out the paint from the bottle and put it into the palette. In this way you can mix the right amount of water to the paint and you will have good result of colors.

Watercolor painting has an unpredictable nature but there’s a big possibility to an unwanted outcome. So as to avoid this unwanted look, don’t control the movement of the paint rather let it seize its own form.

There are instances when you apply paint in a certain area and the result is not good. You will face a problem of how to get rid of it without ruining the whole painting. To solve this problem, right away use a sponge or an absorbent cloth to get rid of the paint. Or you can dry up the paint first then use a damp brush and paper towel to remove the paint. Another instance is when there’s extra water on the picture. You can fix this by using clean dry brush. Never use a rag, this will only create a smudge. For an artist, bleeding of paint is very normal especially in watercolor painting. When this happen, paint it with shellac so that it will not spoil the rest of the painting.  

The color of palette you use also has an impact. It is best to use white palette especially when mixing colors because white background uncovers the true shade of the color. If you use darker palette you will not be able to see the exact shade. When keeping the brushes after using, it is better to put it in a wooden box or any box that is longer than the brushes to avoid damaging the tips of the brushes. After using paints, make sure that the covers of the paint bottles are match, or else the color of the cover and what’s inside the bottle will get mix.  

And of course, using good quality paints must be practice. If you want to paint well then it’s a must to use good quality paints. There are textures that only good quality paint can achieve because low quality paints have their limitations. Good quality paints has different effects than low-quality paints.  

For beginners, it is best for you to start with simple shapes. It is a no-no for new painters to use complex shapes. Intricate designs must be use once you master the basic and simple shapes.

These are the common mistakes of watercolor painting. Do not be afraid to commit mistakes in your painting, there is a saying that learning is best taught by experience. Once you experience these mistakes you will learn to fix it and it will improve you to do better.




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sharon s   |:
I bought your book ,and i have really enjoyed learning from you.I just decovered
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Sharon Du Plessis  - BIG BLUNDER!   |:
I made a blunder by using india ink to outline the basic lines on waterpaper,
now I am stuck due to the india ink that bleeds all over my paper, and now I am
so disgrunted by this stupid idea of the india ink!!! What I had in mind was a
dark outlined picture standing out, while several different colors need to be
used to cover the page. I tried it with wet-on-dry technique, and failed
miserably, because of the black bleeding of the india ink! Can you give my
advice how to make all these outlined pictures look like SOMETHING, at least?
PLEASE HELP
Lauren Fouts  - Patience   |:
This was a helpful article, but more detail would be helpful for future
articles. I prefer watercolors and colored pencils because I feel like I have
more control over the colors and form than with acrylics or oil paints.
Creating a gentle wash to depict the beginning when creating he sky or a body of
water is a very satisfying feeling. BUT, I would appreciate more step by step
help!
Sheila B  - Thanks   |:
What kind of other art medium is best used with water colors?

I think water
color makes beautiful skies and forest effects.

But they do not have the gloss
of oil or acrylic..
Can I glaze water color?
Can I matte oil or acrylic paints?
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