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How To Paint With Watercolors

Watch more Learn How to Paint videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - To paint with watercolors, pay attention to the fine points so that you're not frustrated with the results. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Pick out paints Pick out non-staining watercolor paints, which do not fade in short durations. Check the "Lightfast" indicator on the tube. Step 2: Soak and dry paper Soak a rough 140-pound or thicker stock paper with "tooth" -- dips and grooves -- which will be less likely to wrinkle when wet. Dry it and tape it to a board inclined about 15 degrees, and smooth it out. Step 3: Sketch an image Sketch a simple box image on the paper in pencil, rinse a number 10 or 12 brush in the water cup and blot it dry. Load it with color from the palette and touch it to the paper. Tip Use less water to keep the colors bright, and don't go back over an area repeatedly, or you may inadvertently leave dark lines. Step 4: Paint first line Paint a uniform line and lift your brush. If a narrow bead didn't form, you pressed too hard, so try again, releasing the bead as you lift. Step 5: Continue filling Continue filling the area, tilting the brush handle up to maintain a light touch, and letting the watercolor bead paint the wash for you. Tip Use a hair dryer to work faster, but be careful: you can accidentally make colors bleed or run. Step 6: Absorb excess paint Absorb excess paint with a tissue to blot the brush, instead of rinsing. Touch the dried brush into the paint to draw the excess off the painting's surface. Step 7: Continue experimenting Continue experimenting with color and textures on different paper surfaces, using an array of brushes and color mixes. Read and study to develop your technique over time. Did You Know? The textures and patterns of watercolor can be computer-generated.
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