In this video I will demonstrate many tips and techniques for painting loose watercolors. The scene is inspired from a photo reference, but many changes were made during the creation process.
Tip One – No drawing
That’s right, I went straight into the painting without a drawing. This allows for maximum creativity and loose brushwork. The more lines you have the more you will stay within them, like a coloring book. It only works because I’m familiar with how to draw perspective and have good basic drawing skills.
Tip Two – Bounce around
Instead of starting with the sky and moving to the foreground, I mixed it up. Yes, I started with the sky but from that point, I painted other objects. All the while connecting shapes and objects by allowing the washes to touch each other. Bleeding and fusion are the main characteristics of watercolor, and I like to exploit them!
Tip Three – No Board & Tape
Wasting materials is something I try not to do. So, I’ve been avoiding a firm board and taping the painting to it. Yes, it has its purposes and does prevent buckling, but I say what’s wrong with a little buckle or two?
Tip Four – Paint fast
Paint quickly and don’t stress about unnecessary details and mistakes. It’s the imperfections that make it so charming and interesting in my humble opinion.
Here’s a look at the finished painting. I hope you enjoyed the tips 🙂