How toWatercolor Basics For The Classroom
16 steps
What you’ll need
1 per 1-2 students
Watercolor Pan Sets and Refills
Buy
Paper: Splurge Bulk Watercolor Paper
Buy
24 @ size 2, 6 & 10
Round Brushes Recommend: Invest In Classroom Set
Buy
1
Bucket (If No Sink In Classroom)
1 per 1-2 students
Water Cup: Budget
Buy in bulk
Paper: Budget 80 Lb White Sulfite Drawing Paper
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1 per student
Tray, Mat or Newspaper
1
Watering Can Or Water Pitcher (If No Sink In Classroom)
1 per 1-2 students
Water Cup: Splurge
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1 per student
Round Brushes Minimum (1 Per Pan Set)
Buy
1/2 per student
Small Sponge
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Paper Towels
Watercolor painting is a colorful and peaceful way to learn and create. Let’s practice together!
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Gather your tools and materials to set up your work space. Fill water to line marked on cup.
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A small sponge or a folded paper towel can help keep your brushes clean. Step 8 will show you how!
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Begin getting your paints juicy by dropping clean water into each color.
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Let’s get to know your brush. The ferrule connects the handle & bristles. The tip is called the toe!
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Keep your brush clean so the “toe” stays pointy, and hold the brush behind the “ferrule”.
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Our first technique is called “wash”. With watercolor paints, the more water the lighter the color.
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Clean your brush before each new color. Gently swish brush on bottom of water cup and pat on sponge.
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Paint another “wash”. Use a paper towel to ”blot” and let light areas appear in dark areas of paint.
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For “wet-in-wet”, brush clean water on to painting, then touch that area with paint on your brush.
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Now try “dry brush”. Use paper towel to dry both paint & brush. The brush marks will be scratchier!
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Use a pencil to lightly sketch a simple composition to practice with. Your sketch can be different!!
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Experiment with “wash”, “blot”, “wet in wet” and “dry brush” in a practice painting. (Or 2 or 3!)
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Remember to always clean your brushes when done: “swish, swish, swish, pat, pat, pat.”
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The more you paint the more you will learn!
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Have fun practicing watercolor painting!
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