Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting
Depending on the brand of watercolor paint you're using, the time of year, the location or the age of your palette it may be necessary to mist your palette with clean clear water before you begin painting. This will help soften the paint and make it easier for you to pick up more color, more quickly.
This is my very first palette of watercolors. I started painting in watercolors in 1995. All but two colors are Winsor Newton watercolors and they are the colors suggested by my first instructor. The two additions Sap Green and Permanent Violet Bluish are Maimeri Blu watercolors.
The Winsor Newton colors consist of Paynes Grey, Brown Madder, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine, Hookers Green, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange and Sepia. Many of the colors have been replaced over time. However, the cadmium yellow and cadmium orange I know for a fact I have only purchased one tube of each of those. A little spritz of water before I begin painting and the paint works perfectly, like a charm. Yes, you can use that old watercolor paint palette!