Watercolour Painting Corrections are possible!

For many aspiring watercolorists shy away from this medium, fearing errors can be corrected. When painting with oil or acrylic, paint can be scraped from the canvas and then painted. In artistic creation with watercolor, pigment percolate in the watercolor paper, apparently stay there forever. Armed with a couple of useful tips, the fear of the Watercolour can be removed, allowing the artist to paint in a relaxed and confident manner.

The first thing to consider is which colors are colors coloring and which are not. The colours of staining include Alizarin Crimson and blue Winsor, to name a couple. These colors are not completely "lift" of the paper, while the transparent true garance pink and blue Cobalt will be. There are many other colors and their properties, to consider and I recommend to practice with your all favorite palette in which pigments will remove easily and which will not.

The second consideration when talking about changes to a watercolour, is the use of a good quality watercolor paper. This cannot be overemphasized. There are many brands and weight of paper that allows to choose, and I prefer a 140 lb, cold pressed paper. This is my personal preference and it brandishes to lift, but experimentation will guide you to your own favorite. Just use paper good markets if attempting to raise color. Some of the top layer of the paper will be amended and to lesser documents will not be to wastewater treatment. You will be pleased that you have selected the higher rank of watercolor paper!

Now that you know that you will use a high calibre and staining paints watercolor paper, you are ready to experiment with the lifting of the colors. Start your trial with the brush of the artist. Dip your brush into the drinking water and more than unloading. Then take your brush and the area to be amended with circular brush strokes, Blot and checking that you are going. If this eliminates all the pigments, switch to a soft brush - see and repeat this process with a smooth, circular motion. Continue the spot and check your work, that you pass.

Once the corrected area has dried, try to paint this spot. If the surface of the paper is not ben modified too much, it will easily accept new painting. Careful and prudent lifting will leave the most intact area. Hard cleaning can cause goes through the paper leaving a hole. To make a test. It's fun and you will build your confidence as a watercolourist.

Sue Doucette


I paint in watercolour for twenty-five years and have learned a lot from what I know by trial and error. Many artists does not want to share their secret "tricks of the trade" with others. I am pleased to share with you what I know. My hope is that you'll love Watercolour as me!

Visit my website @ http://www.capecodwatercolor.com/ and check my "new" section for my tips monthly for painters. Do not hesitate to contact me with your questions, you may have. I also paint ordered parts and can work from your photo.

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