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Watercolor painting technique is extremely old. It has been here since ages. Watercolors were used to paint the cave walls! When art flourished during the Renaissance period, watercolor panting as a technique became famous too!

It is the paper that can make or break your painting because different watercolors will have different effect on your paper. You can also try watercolor painting on light colored papers such as light pink and yellow! There are three types of papers that are used for watercolor painting: Hot pressed, moderate and rough. Hot pressed has a very smooth texture and can be used for painting with a lot of detailing. Moderate just as the name suggest, has a moderate texture and this is recommended for beginners whereas rough paper has a coarse texture and is used for specific effects. Thickness is also important while selecting paper for watercolor painting. However, as a beginner, you may use a usual 300gsm paper.

There are a lot of techniques that artists use in watercolor painting. Art is something where you can let lose yourself and explore. The most common technique is the flat wash technique. It is done by first wetting the area of paper to be covered by the wash, then mixing sufficient colors to fill the entire area. Most of the amateur painters fear this medium simply because it is difficult to make changes or correction once you have put your brush stroke on the canvas. However, practice is what will make you perfect here.

Some of these basic techniques are: The Simple Wash: Just mix up a lot of water with watercolor paint and with a thick brush, wash your canvas. Another technique is using the tip of your paint brush to dip it slightly in the water and then dipping it in the color you want to paint in and using strokes to paint on the canvas. This is especially used to paint branches of a tree. Erasing the paint is yet another technique used commonly in watercolor painting and this is achieved by using a thick hard brush, dipping it only in water and then slowing applying it to the canvas. Tinting is also another technique that is very easy to do but difficult to control. For example you want your painting to have more yellow in it, to be brighter. What you do is take some very thin yellow paint by using a lot of water, and carefully going over the dried portion of the painting that you wish to tint. However, there is no stopping from inventing your own technique of watercolor painting.

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