I have always had a "type-A" personality. I work very hard and I often overload my schedule with obligations. While I love my career, it is very stressful. A few years ago, I developed insomnia that my doctor told me was likely due to my high-stress life. I knew I had to find a way to relax, but I was unsure how to do it. I didn't want to take pills or anything. I decided to re-visit an old passion of mine, which is painting. I loved to paint in art class in high school, but I hadn't painted since! I bought the supplies I needed and from the moment my paintbrush touched the canvas, I was in love with art again. Art has helped my life so much I want to inspire others to embrace art as therapy. I plan to post many art tips on my new blog!
Watercolors are a versatile medium that can allow you to express yourself in myriad ways. People who have never painted with watercolors before may find the practice challenging at first. However, knowing basic watercolor techniques can help you create beautiful landscapes, portraits, and more. A learn-to-paint watercolor workshop can help you get started exploring the wonderful world of watercolors. Here are four things you can learn about in this type of workshop:
1. Painting Surfaces
In order to create paintings, you'll need a suitable painting surface. Regular paper isn't suitable for watercolor paint because it isn't durable enough to stand up to wet washes. In a learn-to-paint watercolor workshop, you can learn about different types of watercolor paper, from hot press paper to cold press paper. Trying out different types of painting surfaces can help you figure out which papers produce the effects you enjoy most. Many beginners find it easiest to work on the rougher texture of cold press paper initially, but some people also enjoy the smooth texture of hot press paper.
2. Tools And Supplies
Painters also need tools to create watercolor masterpieces. In a watercolor workshop, you will learn about the different types of brushes you can use for watercolor painting. Broad, flat brushes are ideal for creating smooth, even washes. Meanwhile, small, round brushes are ideal for painting details. A watercolor workshop can also teach you about supplementary tools, such as masking fluid, which can help you preserve the white of your paper in key areas of your painting.
The paints you choose are just as important as your other tools. Watercolor paints come in different formulas. Beginners may find it easiest to use cake watercolors, which come dried in molded pans. You can also find liquid watercolors in small, squeezable tubes. Liquid watercolors can provide vibrant, intense colors, but they may be messier than cake watercolors. You can also choose between student grade or artist grade watercolors, depending on your needs and budget.
4. Techniques And Theory
Once you've chosen your supplies, you're ready to start painting. A beginners' watercolor workshop can help you learn to create flat washes, smooth gradients, and distinct shapes with your watercolors. You'll have the opportunity to practice with different exercises that your teacher will show you. You will also have the chance to learn some basic color theories that will help you mix any color you might desire. Color theory can help you create visual interest and harmony within your paintings based on the colors you choose.
For more information, reach out to a learn-to-watercolor paint course near you.