Working With Watercolors

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When choosing watercolor paint just start with a few tubes. My reason is you need to learn about color mixing and how they interact with other colors. By just buying ready-made hues you are limiting yourself. I would just buy Indian yellow, ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson, umber, Payne’s gray and ivory black. Learn to mix these colors playing with different measuring and see what they do.

By mixing your own colors you will over time create colors that are “yours”. Keep in mind opaque colors will be least likely to work for glazes except as the last color applied.  Thin glazes are good for building color. You must wait for the glazes to be completely dried before applying another or your painting will have streaks. The most transparent colors will work best for this approach.

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