Tips For Loose Watercolor Landscapes

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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.

Finished art

Here’s a look at the finished painting. I hope you enjoyed the tips 🙂

Tips For Loose Watercolor Landscapes
– Finished landscape
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