These are some of the words that come to mind when we look at watercolor paintings from scenic landscapes, human portraits, flowers, calligraphy to just about anything. Watercolor possesses such a beautiful allure that can pull anyone in. Artist Linda Daly Baker writes, “Watercolor for me is all about the transparency and glow that you can achieve with this media that is not possible with other forms of art.”
As it remains one of the most accessible and versatile art forms that can offer rich, vivid to soft and soothing tones. In recent years, its’ popularity has been rising through and through. With a basic set of palette, materials, and proper techniques, anyone can turn a plain piece of paper into a beautiful artwork!
For one, the beauty of watercolor truly lies in its luminosity and transparency not found in other art forms. When mixed with water, this gives the water-soluble pigments or palette its’ transparent yet pastel-like properties. And when painted, it allows the whiteness of the paper to shine through both complementing and enhancing the luminosity and ‘glowing’ properties of the painting.
Another unique characteristic of watercolor paintings is the sense of free flowing-ness and feel to it. As the brush deftly touches the paper this is where as the painter – although it is possible to control where and what the paint does on paper – should allow the paint to flow by itself. Often, it is in this freeness and openness where creativity comes to life; where at times a painting ‘mistake’ can turn into a beautiful mess! So, fear not! Be open, be free during any watercolor painting session, allowing the paint to take its course and enjoy the process. You may just end up with an artwork filled with unexpected surprises!
We believe that watercolor art is a beautiful and mesmerizing way to creatively express and bring your feelings, emotions and artistic vision onto a piece of paper. It embodies so much beauty, expression and ethereal qualities with it. So why not give it a try and see the beauty of the world and of nature through watercolor paintings! If you’re reading this article and would like to experience the unique qualities of watercolor, browse through our workshop catalogue and sign up for our watercolor painting class.
Throughout our classes, you will learn various watercolor techniques that will allow you to bring home a beautiful, dreamy piece of artwork to decorate your homes or work desks. At ArtPazionate, there’s always a little something to look forward to!
With the recent influx of watercolor calligraphy, watercolor painting has once again clinched a spot as the favorite pastime of many. Alone, with your friends, or even with the entire family, everyone can get a piece of the watercolor action!
Despite all the fun it brings, watercolor painting might be daunting to beginners. There is no eraser, no undo button, and, the scariest of all, is that a small drop of paint can quickly spread into a huge blotch, ruining the entire paper. Thankfully, there is a solution for these, and it can easily be done with tissue paper.
A staple in every household, tissue paper is cheap and extremely handy when in the hands of a painter. Here are three tips on how to use tissue paper to ease and spice up your watercolor adventure!
1) Use a tissue to absorb excess water from your brush
A common mistake made by many is not taking into account the amount of water absorbed by the brush. When painters allow their brushes to touch the canvas after it is soaked in water, blotches will start to appear. Too much water will also dilute the paint, creating a less than satisfactory color. You can also gently tap the brush on a piece of tissue if you want your brush to be slightly wet and not too dry.
Of course, playing around with the amount of water absorbed by the brush is also an excellent way to create shades. If you are going for a lighter, slightly more transparent shade, it will do you good to leave the tissue aside for a bit!
2) Use a tissue to remove paint or mistakes
One of the biggest fear of beginner painters is the idea of not being able to remove excess paint or erase a mistake made. That is, however, a huge but extremely common misconception. To do so, you can wet the area you want to remove before gently dabbing the tissue, allowing it to absorb the excess paint.
Tissues are naturally very absorbent and can easily soak up all the unwanted paint marks. An important thing to note is that due to its porous nature, tissues are very fragile. If you scrub too hard, it will fall apart and soil your painting instead of salvaging it.
3) Use a tissue to create soft textures (e.g. clouds)
With almost the same technique as how you remove mistakes, tissue paper can also create soft textures. Instead of allowing the tissue to absorb all the paint, you simply dab the tissue to reduce the intensity of the color of your paint until you arrive at a shade you are satisfied with. This method is perfect for creating elements with soft edges, like clouds, and results in a more natural outcome.
One final thing to note is that all these tips are done with normal, plain tissues and not colored ones. Colored ones will bleed and create a whole new look, something you can try when you are feeling a little more adventurous! Experiment at home or sign up for an art class here at Art Pazionate for a guided experience.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” It is a personal momentum of your artistic expression of the world. Painting brings anyone the joy to create an artwork which speaks louder than words. It is an act itself which allows the human mind to experiment with space and mobility – working with the freedom of space to develop an artistic perspective.
Now, what is the oldest, classic and the purest form of painting – one where even children are so comfortable with? It is none other than watercolour painting!
Watercolour painting was derived from the cave paintings of Palaeolithic Europe and has also been used ever since the Egyptian times. In the past, the most common artworks of watercolour painting ranged from botanical, wildlife and landscape illustrations. In modern times, however, it is up to you to express your creativity and watercolours can give you boundless of opportunities to create different illustrations leading to a one of a kind masterpiece.
Watercolours is a very versatile and flexible medium which can bring the painter a variety of results. It may be a complex painting medium to master, but if you immerse yourself in the range of techniques available, it can help develop skills worthy of future artistic endeavours.
If you are looking to train yourself to be the next Edgar A Whitney, thread no further as we can enlighten you with the different techniques of watercolour painting while using specific types of brushes to apply them. You will be surprised at the different types of brushes available and the outstanding results it will yield!
1) Round Brushes
Round brushes are natural to come by as they are the most popular for watercolour painting. They are versatile making them suitable to create fine or thick lines. They are appropriate for painting small details and delicate lines, but also for wider areas. It is essential to invest in a high-quality paintbrush to get the best out of your artwork. The Kolinsky sable is notably one of the best materials out there. It works well with details and creating thin lines.
On the other hand, when you are opting for a low-cost option, round synthetic brushes will do the trick! These materials provide the brushes with the ability to “spring back” to their original shape. Their firm bristles allow the painter to create crisp lines. You can even get expressive with this type of brush by experimenting between thick and thin lines. A round brush can also easily enter tight places, for example when painting the intricate edges of flowers.
At Art Pazionate, we give you the best of the best with our watercolour painting classes in Singapore. It is a safe space for both teens and adults to express themselves while exploring their creative imagination freely.
2) Flat Brushes
Flat brushes are not as flexible as round brushes. They are most appropriate for washes and strong linear strokes. A flat brush will only provide you with strokes with fine and straight edges. The flat brush is suitable for the flat wash which is useful for painting skies and any area which requires a smooth transition of colour with no visible brush strokes.
When using a flat brush, place the wide flat side of your brush against the paper and stroke some paint onto your paper in a wide band. You will be able to cover large areas with brush strokes like this.
You can use the exact same brush stroke when using a round brush. The difference is the width and edge control. The strokes for flats tend to be crisp and sharp while rounds tend to be looser.
Our watercolour painting classes in Singapore will teach you the different techniques you did not know existed. They are known as the graduated wash, flat wash, variegated wash and dry brush which creates interesting scopes or proportions to add in texture to your artworks.
3) Detail Brushes
Due to their short hair length, spotter brushes are suitable for painting details such as tiny dots. They are the best for painting minute details giving the painter extra control as the brush will not bend.
Apart from that, the rigger brush is a round brush with extra-long bristles. Painters will be able to receive maximum holding capacity while gaining an extra fine point to create continuous lines. This brush provides you with the perfect technique to paint animals and details of sceneries.
At Art Pazionate, our watercolour painting classes in Singapore can also be customised to your current abilities and areas of interest. If you are interested in learning a specific technique for a particular type of brush, then this is the right class for you.
4) Wash Brushes
Wash brushes are similar to flat brushes. The only difference is that they are much broader, which makes them suitable to paint over large areas of spaces. Mop and oval brushes have large heads, and they are used for blending or applying lots of paint.
In a wash watercolour painting, very wet and diluted paint is evenly mixed and disseminated to prevent uneven pigment load on the brush. The brush with the loaded paint should be applied to dry or wet support to give it a smooth finish. A wash brush is usually suitable for large areas of colour.
To gain an outdoor experience, there are also water refillable brushes suitable for travel or painting outdoors. It works by just simply filling the brush with water. This takes away the hassle of bringing a water bucket along with the toolset. How convenient is that?
5) Watercolour Painting Techniques
At Art Pazionate, we go the extra mile to teach you watercolour painting techniques in our watercolour painting classes in Singapore. There are a variety of techniques which can be used to give variation to your painting. You can also use different brush strokes to match with the technique which you plan to use. We have dutifully listed down for you some of the watercolour painting techniques to get you started with your art piece.
⦁ Wash This technique is used when you dilute different parts of water with watercolour paint. This combination provides with a semi-transparent layer of colour. It includes loading a paintbrush which is very wet with watercolour paint, thereafter is applied to wet or dry support such as paper or raw canvas. Washes are usually applied with large brushes over large areas.
⦁ Wet-in-Wet Wet-in-wet can be achieved when you add wet paint into wet washes, which allows the paint to spread without any breaks. When colours are added, they flow and blend into one another perfectly, creating a diffused effect.
⦁ Dry Brush The dry brush stroke is unique in a sense where you can play with different textures on your canvas. This stroke can start from a wet area of your painting and then run it over a dry one. This gives a textured region of ground where the painting shows a more dense and shadowed area. You can also create grass paintings or scratchy lines with the dry brush watercolour technique.
⦁ Salt Salt can be used to mix things up! It is a great experimental tool which can be used in watercolour painting. Sprinkle salt in desired underlying areas of watercolour paint and then allow the combination to completely dry. Then, lightly brush the salt away, and there you have it, your salt painting is ready to go!
⦁ Blot This is a unique technique to lighten the value of an area that you have just painted, adding texture to your painting. The tissue is used to fastening the blotting process and how much pressure you apply to your tissue determines the amount of watercolour that is being lifted.
In our watercolour painting classes in Singapore, you can learn to achieve colours in various tones by mixing paints in varying proportions and adding different amounts of water to it.
At Art Pazionate, we get right down to the specifics to nurture you into a great artist!