Beginner Watercolor Painting Lessons

Beginner Watercolor Painting Lessons; Color In Focus

Beginner watercolor painting lessons that includes an in-depth video about color harmony.

If you often struggle with colors this video tutorial may help you with some of the issues. I will demonstrate two ideas for choosing hues and formulating a harmonious palette.

There are basically two choices; chromatic and tonal palettes.

Chromatic palettes – this is where you opt for more intense hues as opposed to tonal, or neutral hues. Foe example, if you have a subject with dark shadows you should opt to use blues and violets instead of grays or black color choices. 

Chromatic watercolor paintings tend to be more colorful but can often times end up too garish. So use the color intensity wisely!

Tonal palettes – this is a combination of hues that are toned down with grays and neutrals.

When using this option it’s best to avoid overly saturated hues even if the subject includes them. For example, if there’s a bright red car you should avoid matching the color and choose a more subtle red.

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beginner watercolor painting lessons
beginner watercolor painting lessons

Bonus Tip; Why you should avoid color matching

Trying to match colors you see in nature, or your subjects, is probably a bad idea. It’s a battle you will lose every single time and will cause quite a bit of heartache. Instead, focus on values and tones.

Values – If you can get the values correct the painting will probably show well. If they’re off it will usually look a little amateurish and lack depth.

Tones – the ability of a watercolorist to infuse warm and cool hues in their work creates harmony and balance. It’s best to mix a wash with warm and cool hues even if you can’t see them in your subject(s).

Materials & Supplies

Click here to see a complete list of quality watercolor supplies I use and highly recommend.

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