Watercolour Tips & Tricks
... have plenty of a4 drawing paper handy for practicing drawing and shapes.
... wash out and dry your brushes before packing away.
... leave your brushes flat on the table not standing in water.
... squeeze out new tube paint before starting so that you don’t have to scrub at dry paint and damage your brushes.
... use a pallet with a lid to avoid dust and stray animal hairs (and cats!) in your pigment.
... use a kitchen sponge or old tea towel to moderate the water content in your brush.
... keep a hand towel handy to control stray drips of water from your hands.
... paint standing up for as long as possible.
... sit for more control when adding calligraphy and detailed strokes.
... for tubes proving difficult to open, run the cap under hot water, continuous forced twisting will crack the tube.
... practice drawing, if your shapes aren’t quite right your picture won’t look right.
... keep 2 spare sheets of watercolour paper handy to practise washes, colour dropping, shapes and investigate new pigments before you venture onto your painting.
... make colour charts with your pigments – practice mixing greys and greens, opaque, staining and transparent pigments and brands.
Want me to teach a workshop in your area?
Just email your details to me and we'll see what we can arrange. I'm happy to fly to anywhere in the world to teach - just let me know where you are and how many people you could organize to join us. It's not as difficult as it sounds - just contact a local painting group if you're not already in one and put the idea to them. For instance to fly to the United States or Europe for a workshop I would need about 10-15 people for a 2 day class paying $150 each per day. The closer you are to New Zealand (where I live) the cheaper the workshop would be - Australia would cost about $100 each per day. Within NZ is about $75 each per day. email your details to me here