Hi friends! Today we are going back to basics with a fun and relaxing watercolor landscape of a forest, lake and meadow.
I received such lovely feedback from viewers on YouTube and Instagram that I think I will make more of these real-time beginner tutorials which can also be used as warm-ups for more advanced painters! It’s great way to fill that watercolor sketchbook! Watch the video and follow along!
- Paper: Shizen 100% cotton rough handmade watercolor paper
- Watercolor paint (Joiart) colors: cobalt blue, prussian blue, crimson, yellow ochre, lemon yellow, burnt umber
- Brushes: 1″ flat, #8 round, 1/4 dagger (Princeton Neptune)
- Ceramic flower palette
Beginner watercolor tips:
1. Don’t be afraid of the water, wet that paper well! That’s why it’s called watercolor:)
2. Wet paper = soft blended edges and dry paper = crisp and hard edges. so be sure to wet the paper if you want it to blend and work on dry paper when you want crisp details.
3. Take a break, your eyes will play tricks on you after working on a painting too long so giving your eyes a rest will help you come back to work refreshed with a new truer perspective.
4. Paint! Whenever you can with whatever you have for supplies. That is the one thing that will make the most difference in your art.
When I painted this piece and recorded the video is was a quiet Sunday morning and I was the only one up in the house. I got to enjoy a cup of coffee and greet the day with a paintbrush in hand and I think that is the ideal way to start the day! How about you? Let me know if you would like more lessons like this and til next time happy crafting!