Getting Started in Watercolour
They often ask me,“where do I start, what do I need to buy”, “how do I know what is the best Watercolour brush size to use?
Watercolor Brushes – all about size!
Watercolour Paint Brushes come in a range of sizes. I will talk about the round style paint brushes first. They range in size from 000 to 40! I have never had a need for anything as small as a 000! My smallest round brush is a size 2. Most round brushes come to a good point anyway, so having a separate very tiny brush is not necessary.
Large brushes however are a necessity to producing fresh looking watercolours. The larger the brush, the fewer strokes you need to make and therefore less chance of getting a ‘worn out’ look to your painting! Watercolour paper when wet is susceptible to damage, so fewer brush strokes, means less damage.
Flat watercolour brushes are essential for pre-wetting paper. Flat watercolour brushes are measured by their size in inches, eg. ½ “, 1”, 2” etc. My largest flat brush is 2” in width and a joy to work with when wetting large sheets of paper. As you need to work as fast as you can before the paper dries, the larger flat brushes are ideal.
With all brushes remember it is not only the brush, but how you use it! When wetting paper with a flat brush to prepare for a soft edged effect (called wet-on-wet), be careful to hold the brush at an angle of about 40 degrees to the paper and almost let the handle of the brush rest on the palm of your hand. This way, the brush is gently skimming the paper without damaging the fibres.
A small ½” or ¼” flat brush is useful for ‘scrubbing’ out or ‘lifting’ lights. On dried watercolour, you can wet a small flat brush, gently stroke over an area and then blot with a tissue. This is most successful when the colour is not a staining colour.
Stay tuned to my next Watercolor ‘Article’ where I will discuss the hair types and different qualities of watercolour brushes.
You can Learn “How to Paint in Watercolour”
Landscapes and the human figure.
If you want to give Watercolour Painting a try, go to my lessons website for either a downloadable Video or Printable lesson.
Stay tuned as I will be recording more lessons soon!