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Introduction to Watercolour

If you want to learn how to get started with watercolour, view my post on getting started. Below I have listed some fantastic video tutorials that explain the basics of watercolour, from techniques to practice, to the difference between types of brushes.

A complete introduction to Watercolour

This video goes over the wet-on-wet technique and the wet-on-dry technique, showing the different effects you can achieve with each. He also gives a demonstration of both techniques in use by creating a quick portrait.

The difference between pans, tubes and liquids.

This video explains the difference between the main watercolour paint types. She also gives the pros and cons of each type of paint.

What is the difference between natural & synthetic watercolour brushes?

This tutorial gives a clear demonstration of the differences between watercolour brushes with natural fibres such as sable, and brushes with synthetic fibres. He also explains the durability of each brush type.

How to create a graded watercolour wash.

If you want to learn how to create a graded wash, this video shows you how to do just that. She goes through the technique a little fast so don’t worry if you need to watch it a couple of times to get the hang of it. Creating a graded wash is a great technique to learn how to do and it can be applied to many projects, especially when painting skies or water.

What is the difference between brush shapes?

This quick overview explains in friendly terms the different brush shapes and how you might use each brush in your work.

What is the difference between hot press, cold press & rough paper?

This question is often asked by those just getting started in watercolour. To get started you don’t need loads of different types, I’d recommend starting with a cold-pressed pad or spiral-bound book to practice with. The video below touch on stretching your paper, this really isn’t necessary until you want to create a piece that won’t be bubbly when dry, or you want to frame your work.

Looking for more?

If you want to find more in-depth tutorials on watercolour techniques, and some great step-by-step projects for beginners-advanced, try Skillshare. This wonderful platform is so easy to use and the quality of the videos is often so much better than what you’ll get from YouTube.

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