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Watercolour tips from Cass Art, London

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  • How to paint a painting. Get Started With Watercolour - Step 1
    Step 1

    Top Tips:

    Watercolour is available in both pans and tubes; it’s exactly the same paint but you may favour one over another depending on how you want to apply your paint. Pans are great if you want to build up layers and apply fine details, and tubes are good for applying lots of intense colour more quickly. 

Paint with water and either synthetic or sable brushes. It’s better value to buy a set of brushes rather than individual ones, as you’ll get a good range of sizes.

  • How to paint a painting. Get Started With Watercolour - Step 2
    Step 2

    You should ideally paint onto watercolour paper, because it’s designed specially to be extra absorbent and take the wet application of colour.

  • How to paint a painting. Get Started With Watercolour - Step 3
    Step 3

    You can use the lid of your watercolour set as a mixing palette, so you don’t need to buy a separate palette to mix your colours.

  • How to paint a painting. Get Started With Watercolour - Step 4
    Step 4

    Clean your brushes with cool or lukewarm water. Hot water can melt the glue that holds the bristles in place and ruin your brushes. 

Once you’re confident with the basics of watercolour, branch out and start exploring the innovations in the medium, including Watercolour Markers and Professional Watercolour Sticks from Winsor & Newton.

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