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Find some paint, water, and a brush, cause we have found 8 great watercolor techniques for beginners!

8 watercolor tips for beginners

Although watercolor painting is a cheap and easy painting method, it is a medium that can be difficult to master.

There is a lot of fun ways to use watercolor, and we have found 8 great watercolor techniques for you to begin with.

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#1 SALT

You can use this technique to create textured backgrounds. First, you have to miss some colors and paint the first area completely. Then, while the paint is still wet, sprinkle the salt over the paint and let it dry completely. Use your fingernail to flake away the salt again. 

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#2 TISSUE

For this technique, you want the surface to be wet and saturated with color. Use a piece of tissue paper and place it on top of the wet paint. Allow the paint with the tissue on top to dry slightly and then carefully lift the tissue from the paper. 

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#3 ALCOHOL 

Use a Q-tip, rub it in alcohol, and drop it onto the paint while it is still wet. For the best result, let the q-tip drip the alcohol down onto the paint instead of letting the q-pin touch the paint. 

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#4 CRAYON 

You can use a crayon as a ‘wax resist’ technique. First draw your design with a white crayon. Make sure to press firmly onto the paper. Afterward, you can apply your color wash. The paint will ‘resist’ the area covered with crayon. 

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#5 PEN & INK

Use pen or ink as another technique. Illustrate or doodle your design using a fine-tip permanent pen. Then fill out the drawing with color as you would do in a coloring book. 

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#6 WATER DROPS

Apply some color wash. Then take another color or brush with water and let it drip onto the paint while it is still wet. 

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#7 SPLATTER

This technique is fun and quite popular among artists. But notice that it makes a mess! We suggest that you cover the areas of your painting that you don’t want to be splattered. Load your brush with paint, tap your brush with your other hand and watch the paint splatter onto your paper. Rinse and choose your next color. 

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#8 TRANSPARENCY

Watercolor paint has a transparent quality and you can create beautiful layers in your paintings. To play with this technique, it is best to start from the lightest layers in the back to more saturated color. Let the paint dry completely when overlapping your layers. Repeat the process as many times as you like.

 

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Michelle Christensen

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