Recently seen on a watercolour painting group on social media, the watercolourist K. Lee shared her advice for fellow beginners who have just begun painting with watercolour. With her permission we present her advice below. Do you agree, or have any other advice you would add to this list? Please comment with your suggestions below.
by K. Lee
After a year of watercolour painting – here are a couple of things I wish I had known from the beginning. Take this for what it’s worth!
- Buy the best paint/brushes/paper you can afford – I wasted so much time, money, and paper on cheap paint – my paintings never looked acceptable until I switched to the good stuff. If possible, stick with tubes – pans are okay but a tiny bit of tube paint will give you richer colours.
- Paint something every day. Doesn’t matter what – just try to paint on a regular basis. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube that will keep you busy.
- LID (Let it Dry!). It took me the longest time to figure out that walking away and letting a section dry was the key to bright, pure colours.
- Be kind to yourself – quit comparing your work to those painters on the internet – you know it took them 3-4 attempts to get a painting good enough to show.
I always recommend Daniel Smith tubes – even to beginners; it is the best paint ever. I have stacks of old pan set – expensive and cheap – that I never use.
I use Daniel Smith or Winsor and Newton tube paint, Arches Paper, and Princeton brushes almost exclusively. I’m still not a very good painter, but I have definitely improved from where I started a year ago.
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- Making Handmade Watercolours with Jackson’s Artist Pigments
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