Watercolour Painting For Beginners: 5 Best Tips To Enhance Your Skills

By Team Mojarto 

Watercolour painting is one of the most satisfying and engaging activities. The brushing, the sharp strokes, the flowing colors, all makeup for an authentic picture. But using watercolour is not as easy as it seems. While it gives a beautiful and aesthetic look, it is also one of the most difficult processes. But practice yields results and Mojarto brings you a few tips to start practicing.

Truth By Maite Delteil watercolour painting
Truth By Maite Delteil

Use Specific Papers For Watercolours

For a watercolour painting, it is best to use paper made specially to bear watercolours. Watercolour papers, though smooth, contain a rough surface that absorbs the excess water and gives ample time for the painting to be painted. It will be available at your nearest stationery store.

Clean Brushes

Make sure the brushes you use for water painting don’t have residue of colours from your previous painting. It is best to use a new set of brushes but those too would require immediate and thorough cleaning once you’ve used it on colour and want to use it on a different shade. This is strictly to avoid blending unnecessary colours.

'Desert Story Series 2' By Gn Madhu
‘Desert Story Series 2’ By Gn Madhu

Make light sketches

When you draw your subject with a pencil make sure you draw it as lightly as possible. Since the colours are light, we don’t want the pencil lines making an appearance from the background. And tracing the subject too would not be the best idea.

Start with thin layers

A common mistake people make is using a lot of paint thinking the water would dilute it. However, that’s not the case. In the watercolour painting process, the painting should always begin with thin and transparent layers.

Under the Blue Moon by Nisha Sehjpal

Be patient

Patience is a virtue and while after painting, it is extremely necessary when it comes to watercolour painting. When you finish applying one layer, you need to wait until it dries completely to start with the next layer. If not, the layers might mix and the result will be nothing but a disaster. However, you can speed up the drying process with a hairdryer. But make sure to hold it straight and not move it to disturb the direction of the painting. 

Boat2 by Prasanta Maiti