Watercolours

So you want to be an Artist?

Watercolours make for an ideal starting point for any would-be artist and because there are both student and professional starter packs around, getting started should not be too costly. Student watercolours are designed for the novice and they are relatively inexpensive but will last a fairly long time. Watercolours are available in tubes and realistically, very few are required initially as it is a good idea to experiment with mixing colours rather than just relying on the individual colours in the tube.

The beauty of working in watercolours is that they are very versatile and although they take a fair bit of practice so that the paint is applied intuitively and with confidence, the results can be good fairly quickly. Learning to work in watercolours takes a lot of patience and dedication but if the desire is there, then anything can be achieved.

To be able to start painting you will need the following:

-Selection of brushes. There is no need to spend a great deal of money on brushes initially and they certainly do not need to be of the highest quality until you have more experience as an artist. Go to your local art shop and they will give you plenty of advice as to which brushes you should purchase.

-Paper. There are many different types and weight of paper to choose from. If purchasing from an art shop they will help to select the right one for your needs.

-Watercolours. It is wise to just invest in a small selection of paints unless money is not a problem. Alternatively purchase a starter kit which may have other painting supplies included.

-Palette. A palette is required so that you are able to mix up paints quickly and easily, there will be a wide variety of palettes available within the store.

For most new and inexperienced artists, the real asset to becoming a good painter is having imagination, desire and the will to succeed. Good artists can learn many techniques from books, DVD?s or from art classes, but the best way of learning is through making mistakes and adapting your own style. Once you have your style and skill, you will find that you can achieve some great paintings through the use of watercolours.

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