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Watercolor Basics Lesson 1

Watercolor Basics Lesson 1

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Published by Terry Krysak
A list of the basic supplies required to begin painting in Watercolor, for beginners.

This series of articles will guide you through the basic steps to acquire the skills and knowledge to embark upon the journey to becoming a Watercolor artist.
A list of the basic supplies required to begin painting in Watercolor, for beginners.

This series of articles will guide you through the basic steps to acquire the skills and knowledge to embark upon the journey to becoming a Watercolor artist.

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WATERCOLOR LESSONS
By Terry Krysak © 2013Lesson One
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Basic SuppliesFirst of all welcome to your first lesson. In this lesson we will discuss the supplies andmaterials you will need before you start to paint watercolors. Depending on how muchyou can afford to spend, you should be able to get the basics that you will need forunder $100.00/us. However I recommend that you buy the best quality supplies thatyou can afford, you will thank yourself for doing that some day. As you progress, youcan add to your inventory of supplies as funds allow.The photograph below contains a fairly good selection of the supplies that I use . Thelist below the photograph provides details as to what the items are, including the brandname, and links to where you can buy these items on the internet, if you do not livenear an art supply store.1.
 
Watercolor Block. A watercolor block is several (10) sheets of watercolor paperstacked on top of each other and glued on all the edges so that the paper doesnot need to be taped down to a smooth hard surface in order to be used. Whenthe watercolor is complete, a knife can be inserted in the front of the block 
(about ½” long free of glue), and the sheet can be separated from the block. Inthis example the block is an Arches 12” x 16” 90lb weight smooth watercol
 
Watercolor Pads. A watercolor pad is several (20) sheets of watercolor paperstacked on top of each other and glued on one side only. Depending on the
 
weight of the paper, you will want to tape the watercolor paper to a hard surfacesuch as Plexiglas or wood, so that the paper will remain taught and smooth once
it dries. In this example the pad is an Acquerello 6” x 6” 140lb weight smooth
Let’s talk a bit about watercolor paper in order that we understand some of the
terms used. Machine-made watercolor papers come in three surfaces: rough,hot-pressed and cold-pressed. Rough watercolor paper has a textured surface,and the pigment will pool and collect in the indentations in the paper. Hot-pressed watercolor paper has a smooth surface, and is ideal for very evenwashes of color. Cold-pressed watercolor paper is slightly textured and is inbetween rough and hot-pressed paper. The thickness of paper is indicated inweight, measured in grams per square meter (gsm) or pounds per ream (lb). Always use acid free watercolor paper, as these will yellow less with age.3.
 
Winsor & Newton Watercolor Set. This is not only the perfect watercolor set totravel with and use while painting outdoors, but is also ideal for my studio whichis part of my living space. It can be packed up and put away quickly and easily.The set contains 12 colors in half pans, water bottle, sponge, mixing cup, brush,and fold out mixing trays. I have had mine for over 20 years, and it has servedme well. Replacement color pans are also available.Winsor & Newton Artists'Field Box Set
 
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Winsor & Newton Watercolor Set. This is a newer version of the one that I own,and is less expensive than the Artist's Field Box. It also contains 12 colors, abrush, and two extra mixing trays. Perfect for traveling, or for use in the studio.Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolor Travel Set5.
 
Pencils, and you will need lots of them. Again, consider buying the best that youcan, good quality materials will serve you well. I tend to use Derwent Graphicpencils because of their very good quality. The leads don't break when yousharpen them. For general drawing I use a HB (middle range in hardness), butfor laying out a drawing for a watercolor, I will use a harder pencil such as a 2Hor even an 8H, and use a very light pressure on the watercolor paper. I don'tusually want the pencil line to show.Derwent Graphic Pencils6.
 
Watercolor Tubes. I have used Winsor & Newton watercolors for over 30 years,and I find the quality of their products to be no less than superb. You can testthis out by buying cheap watercolors, and you will notice the difference rightaway. Once you have painted for a while, you will want to buy extra tubes of color in order to expand your color palette.Winsor & Newton Watercolors

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