doodlescape in mixed media
[ Watercolour Painting ]

Watercolour Painting Techniques Require Frequent Practice

When studying watercolour painting techniques, I kept hearing "Practise, practise, practise!"

Any discipline, be it physical or mental, involves practising. A marathon runner needs daily practice, so do artists. In order to get better at art, you can start your day in the studio with warm-up exercises, such as colour mixes or trying different brushes to discover their potential strokes.

I have been exploring palettes, water, pigments, paper, brushes, and reading many digital books on the subject. As well, I have watched several videos, and completed many online video courses on watercolour painting techniques.

Review and revise 

On the opposite side of my studio from where I paint,  I place practice pieces, beside works in progress. The distance helps me see 'errors' and decide which painting technique will fix these.

Which technique?

Techniques for painting with watercolour are numerous and, depending on the instructor's ideas, can be different from one book or video to the next.

Playing with watercolour is both exciting and frustrating!

Cabinet in studio

Some of my pieces

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Octopus Garden
Wet in wet layer, wet on dry layer, doodles with watercolour pens
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Look Beneath
Glazing, layers A5
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Primula
Negative painting, drips, A5
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Close Focus Rose
Layers, glazing 8in x 8in
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Pink Roses
Blending, wet on dry, wet on wet, spattering
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Doodlescape
Doodlescape wet-in-wet watercolour technique, A4
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water colour balls
Wet-in-wet watercolour technique, A5
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Daffodils
Daffodils in loose watercolour technique, A5
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Jan T

Former quilt artist, now a painter having a great time creating art!
For more than thirty years, I have been teaching (make that enthusing) people about making quilts, and am now retired!

And now I make art every day!

2 Comments

  1. cant’ wait to see Buddi on this site beside Jasper .

    1. Not long now…
      Got the paper, pencils, photos and just need to scan and go for it.

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