How To Paint Landscapes Using Watercolor — for Beginners

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During my younger years, I’ve noticed that watercolor is much fun to use. But then that was because I had no formal training. I had my brush and my paint branded Barbie that was it I just did whatever on the paper. But now, I had my formal training on painting I’ve learned that Watercolor really is the hardest medium to use when painting. The reason behind maybe because once you have applied it on paper, it is the hardest to control. But, I shared that not because I want you to fear it but because I want you to enjoy this very challenging medium and see for yourself. First thing you have to do is to prepare the materials you will need as follows: your sketchpad (preferably 12×15”), short hand brushes (you may use synthetic brushes for this one), watercolor palette, your watercolor paint and two cups of water. The first cup of water will be for dipping in your dirty brushes and the other with clean water, which you’ll be using throughout the project. It is important that once you notice that the water is dirty, you’ll have to constantly change, as this will greatly affect the output of your painting. As a beginner, you will also need a reference for your subject, this could possibly be a picture or a real object but since we will be working on landscapes I have chosen a scenic view of the mountains. I will start by choosing a shade nearest to the color on the image and since it also has lighter hues I also prepared the white paint. I’ve placed a sizable amount of blue paint on the palette; next to it is where I will be mixing the two colors to be able to achieve the same color as this one. Now, add water to dilute the paint and mix it thoroughly. The trick here is to start with light hues going to dark, as I will be demonstrating and make sure to leave the white areas. (Remember, you must not fill in those white spaces because the white paint doesn’t work that way in watercolor.) The last part is putting the key details and there you go, your first watercolor painting.

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  • Liz Orale Aiep

    Thanks for sharing, Mabeth. I’ve always loved art since I was a child. That’s maybe because my father was an artist/painter as well. He literally brought me up from his paint and brush. Water-color paintings are fun, and I remember I’ve always had the patience and enjoys painting since I was a little kid. It just takes a lot of time and patience, because with water color, you need to wait for it to try up to make another layer of strokes, patterns, images, shapes, etc. So thank you, again, for sharing your skill/talent, Mabeth. I’m sure this will come very handy for those who would love to start painting or drawing as their hobby or profession in the future. Keep up the good job! 🙂

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