Common Mistakes to Avoid if You Love Watercolor Painting

Common Mistakes to Avoid if You Love Watercolor Painting

| Print |  E-mail
(9 votes)
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.

Enjoyed this article? Share, spread the word and bookmark it:
Digg!Reddit!!Slashdot!StumbleUpon!Newsvine!Fark!Yahoo!Squidoo!Free social bookmarking plugins and extensions for Joomla! websites!
Add New Search
sharon s   |:
I bought your book ,and i have really enjoyed learning from you.I just decovered
this page .I like it too.
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?
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
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?
Write comment

3.26 Copyright (C) 2008 / Copyright (C) 2007 Alain Georgette / Copyright (C) 2006 Frantisek Hliva. All rights reserved."

< Prev

Like this? Click here:

Checked Security:

Official security checks (updated daily):


FREE e-Book & Drawing course
Drawing Secrets Library
Perspective & Shadows
Drawing Instructions
Learn How to Draw Series
Learn How to Draw Basics
Learn to Draw Online - Composition
Learn Pencil Drawing
Learn To Draw - When?
Learn How To Draw Books
Drawing Improvement Instructions
Learn How To Draw
How To Draw Trees
Learn to Draw Step by Step
Learn How To Draw & Improve Drawing Skills
How to Draw Hands
Draw Hand Proportions
How to Draw Movement
How To Draw Figures
How To Draw Portraits
How to Draw Portraits II
Drawing With Shaky Hands
Questions & Suggestions
How to Draw an Apple
How to Draw a Mouth
How to Draw Ears
How to Draw Eyes
How to Draw a Nose
How to Draw One-point Perspective
How to Draw Two-Point Perspective
How to Draw a Fantasy Castle
How to draw a Dragon
How to Draw Fantasy Art
How to Draw a Dog
How to Draw a Cat
How to Draw Comic Heroes
How to Draw Feet
How to draw Cars
How to Draw One-Point Perspective
How to Draw Two-Point Perspective
How to Draw Pictorial Perspective
How to Draw a Face
How to Draw Portraits that Resemble the Original
How to Draw Yourself as a Cartoon Character
How to Draw Emotional Faces
How to Draw Fantasy Art - Landscapes
How to Draw Hands
Common Mistakes to Avoid if You Love Watercolor Painting
How to Create a Flat Wash
How to Create a Graded Wash
How to Improve Watercolor Painting
How to Choose the Right Watercolor Paper to Get Started
How to Choose the Right Watercolor Brushes to Get Started
How to Choose the Right Watercolor Colors to Get Started
How to Do Watercolor Wet-in-Wet Technique
How to Create a Glazed Wash
How to Draw a Piece of Cloth with Folds
How to Draw Rain Drops
How to Draw Old Cars
How to Draw a Ferrari
Seven Great Techniques to Create Textures in Your Pencil Drawings
How to Draw a Scene that Exists Only in Imagination
Drawing Expressions Part I: Warm-up
Drawing Expressions Part II: Drawing Smiles and Curious Faces
Drawing Expressions Part III: How to draw Scared and Surprised Faces
Drawing Expressions Part IV: How to draw Angry, Sad, and Sleepy Faces
Basics of Sketching on Location
Sketching on Location
Speed Sketching Process
Sketching on Location: Sketching People
Sketching on Location: Sketching People II

Latest Added

Powered by MostReadCloud 1.3.1