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Introduction to Watercolor

38 Pages · 2011 · 6.09 MB · English

  • Introduction to Watercolor

    A (very) Brief


    INTRODUCTION TO


    WATERCOLOUR A (very) Brief


    INTRODUCTION TO


    WATERCOLOUR


    BOUDROUAZ BILEL 11


    Introduction 7


    Material and Techniques 9


    Paint and other materials 10


    Paper 12


    Brushes 14


    Color 17


    Vibrant colors 18


    Color mixing 20


    Light and dark 22


    Perspective 25


    Creating depth with color 26


    Focal point 28


    Focal point 30


    Glossary and Index 33


    Glossary 34


    Index 36


    Acknowledgment and sources 36 Introduction 13


    Introduction


    Used in the past by the Egyptians on papyrus and by the Chi-


    nese on silk, it gradually evolved to become an important medium on


    paper. Its original use on paper was to elaborate upon line drawings


    with monochromatic washes. Color followed, with the line still used


    for drawing and modeling of form. It was not until Winslow Homer


    appeared, that watercolors became a medium to be handled directly on


    the spot in a broad manner. While these early water colors were used


    as a means of study from nature for subsequent oils, they came to have


    all the power contained in the heavier oil medium. Water color con-


    tinues to be a medium that lends itself readily to painting on the spot,


    and working directly from nature is the most vital part of learning to


    handle it, aside from the original intention of studying the various


    aspects of nature. It is only alter a long period of outdoor study that


    a reasonably convincing watercolor can be made in the studio. If you


    have worked in oils, you will find the knowledge you have acquired


    painting with this heavier medium very helpful in watercolor painting.


    Experience in drawing and composition, and the training of your eye


    to see color, will all stand you in good stead. Now all you have to do is


    master the technique of handling watercolors! M


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    s 10 Material and Techniques


    Paint and other materials



    You can buy watercolor paints in a vast array of colors, which can vary in form and quality. The two main


    forms of watercolor paint are tubes of fluid pigment and solid blocks called pans. “Artists’ colors” are the


    highest quality watercolor paints. These contain greater quantities of fine pigment than “Students’ colors” and


    are more transparent so create more luminous paintings. It is a good idea to limit the range of colors that you


    buy to start off with and invest in the more expensive Artists’ colors.


    RECOMMENDED COLORS



    The ten paints below make up a good basic starter palette. You


    do not need to buy a larger selection because these paints can


    be successfully mixed together to create a wide range of colors.


    Types of paint


    Half-pans, and the larger pans, can be


    Tubes of paint are usually stronger than pans. bought individually or in paintboxes. They


    They squeeze easily onto a palette and are are small and portable, so useful for painting


    quick to mix, making them good for large outdoors


    washes.


    Paintboxes are a convenient way of storing


    and transporting half-pans or pans. The lids


    can be used as palettes.


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