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Watercolor Basics

Color Theory

Color Wheel

Color theory can open the door to endless possibilities. You can create a rainbow of colors with only a few tubes of paint!

Colors are called hues. Black is added to darken and is called a shade. White is added to lighten and is called a tint. Always work from light to dark in watercolor.

There are three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.

There are three secondary colors: green, violet, and orange. They are made by combining the primary colors.

Tertiary colors are made by combining secondary colors with primary colors. They are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet.

Colors across from each other on the wheel are called complementary and are pleasing to the eye.

Create Highlights
Add water Use a damp or dry brush Dab with a paper towel Use salt or alcohol
Graded wash Wet-on-wet Wet-on-dry Thin-thick-thin brush strokes
Color charting
I highly recommend creating a color chart Color charts display the wide range of colors you can make from your paints
Watercolor Tools

Professional tools are always better, but student grade is okay for practicing and learning

Watercolor paints come in student grade or professional grade. Student grade paint is called cotman paint and is great when you are first starting out. I use exclusively Daniel Smith professional watercolor paints.

Paper is the most important supply. 100% cotton paper is best. Paper comes in different textures: cold pressed (textured), rough (very textured), or hot pressed (smooth). It should be at least 140lb+ in weight.

Brushes can last for years with proper care. I use only synthetic brushes, but you can find real hair/fur brushes out there. Always rinse your brush thoroughly after use and lay flat to dry.

When you want to add ink or black lines to your work, make sure the ink is waterproof.

Other supplies: a jar + water, paper towels, salt, alcohol, eraser

Arches Professional Grade KingArt Pads Student Grade Canson XL Student Grade Canson Heritage Professional Grade Viviva Art Journals Professional Grade
KingArt Original Gold Aqua, Radiant, or Finesse Princeton Velvetouch Craftamo Air Series