Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting is the process of painting with pigments that are mixed with water. Watercolor art is all about thin washes and transparent color, but watercolors can be made opaque with the addition of Chinese white. Traditionally, watercolor artists work on paper, though the tooth of the surface can vary greatly. Watercolor is often used in tandem with pencil, charcoal, ink and others, and historically it has been used to color engravings and lithographs. Its fluidity can take time to master though “control” is thought of as a no-no, and the practice often revolves around balancing applications that are both purposeful and free.

Here you will find all things watercolor painting on Artist Daily, from technique blogs to inspirational work being done by the best contemporary painters practicing today. Explore this mercurial medium and enjoy!

For watercolor artists: My Perspective by Catherine Hollis, watercolor painting.

Don’t Limit Your Potential, Watercolor Artists

10 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Paints & Supplies Right Now Watercolor artists often limit their potential by not taking full advantage of their paints and supplies. There is so much conflicting information and advice available to watercolor painting artists that it is often difficult for them to know the best way to achieve…

cross-section in watercolor

Watercolor Magic: Painting the 3-Color Effect

Two Distinct Qualities of Watercolor Those watercolor painters who understand and exploit the differences between staining pigments and sedimentaries are happy painters indeed. No other paint medium I know of relies on and benefits so much from these two distinct qualities—not oils, temperas, pastels, or gouaches. Whether stainer or sediment, the two types behave differently…

Pigment Wonderland

Is color important in a work of art? Most would say a loud yes! However, look at the wonderful work of the great, late artist, Andrew Wyeth. His Dad, the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, was often telling Andrew that he needed to put more color in his paintings. However, Andrew continued with his low-color paintings…

Granulation

Granulation in Watercolor Painting Watercolor can do things that other painting media cannot. Although I paint in oil, pastel and casein, I always return to watercolor painting whenever I want to really challenge myself as a painter. First, it requires complete and total focus – no phones, no breaks. To paint really well, one must…

Watercolor: Bold Colors and Broken Lines: The Freedom of Gouache

Painting gouache on Arches black cover stock opens up a wide array of creative possibilities. by Stephanie Kaplan Self-portrait2006, gouache, 20 x 15. All artwork this article collection the artist. Brenda Turner has a unique take on gouache technique. After working with transparent watercolor for years, Turner made the switch to using gouache once she…

Watercolor: Back to Watercolor Basics

Connecticut artist John Falato primarily paints in oil, but he also enjoys introducing students to the nuts and bolts of watercolor in his exciting, fast-paced beginner classes. August Road1983, watercolor, 21 1/8 x 16. All artwork this article private collection unless otherwise indicated. by John A. Parks John Falato is a painter of breathtaking range…