Watercolor painting techniques.
Start with easy watercolor painting ideas.
Almost any subject matter can help you improve your painting skills and grow more familiar with your tools, so you should choose the subjects that interest you most. Here are a few good ideas for your next watercolor project.
Flowers and plants
Watercolor flowers can be especially beautiful because the transparency of the paint can capture the bright bloom of the petals and leaves glowing in the sunshine. You can start with a single rose, beginning in the center and using more pigment for the inner petals. Work your way out in broken spirals, using more water in bigger strokes for the outer petals. When you’re painting leaves, don’t worry too much about accuracy. Make decisive strokes and let the flow of the paint determine the shape of the leaves.
Practice your watercolor technique with houses, barns, or other structures. “I would start with subject matter that has easily definable big shapes and patterns,” Wiegardt advises. “Buildings are often nothing more than just large cubes, so if you understand how a three-dimensional cube is made, then you’re halfway to painting a house.” Pay attention to the subtle variations in color of a building’s facade and roof and the way shadows fall on windows, doors, and eaves.
General tips for watercolor success.
Paint with Adobe Fresco.
Whether you’re filling out your own digital sketchbook, painting watercolors for holiday cards, bookmarks, or other gifts, you can do it anywhere with Adobe Fresco. Choose from a huge variety of live brushes that blend and blossom like real paint. Discover how to paint with realistic watercolors, and try it for yourself with a step-by-step tutorial on how to paint an underwater scene with jellyfish.
Take your watercolors wherever you go, and keep refining your eye and your hand. Be bold with your brushstrokes, and remember the wisdom of Bob Ross: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
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