An Artist Gives Her 4 Best Tips For Painting With Water

Watercolour painting can be extremely difficult, however one of ColourSpace’s exhibiting artist, Daisy Mak shares her 4 top tips on getting the best results with watercolour. Daisy Mak is a young establishing artist from Melbourne. She is fascinated by human interactions and incorporating elements of psychology within her works. Most of her works consist of some interactive element although she still loves to create simple illustrations with quirky, whimsical characters people can relate to.


Her pieces of art can be seen by simply subscribing to ColourSpace and enrolling to get a revolving piece of artwork at your office/home. Here are her 4 best tips for working via watercolor.

1) Don’t be scared of the water.

Water is a free-flowing element, so naturally colours are going to bleed and run. Instead of trying to contain the paint in certain areas, work with the water by mixing colours that compliment well together and allow them to blend into each other. Sometimes even the splatters of the water can work effectively into a drawing.



2) Less is more.

The trick to watercolours is to work with less to get a more effective result. Watercolours are great if you just want to add a hint of colour to something without distracting them from the illustration. Just dilute the paint on the brush and do a quick stroke over the bit you want to be painted. Let it dry and you’ll be surprised how effective and simple it could be.

3) Work in layers.

The best way to get the most control out of watercolour is by working in layers. First, start off with a thicker brush with the paint fully diluted. Give the area you want a quick stroke and then let it dry. Slowly add more colour on top making sure you let each layer dry before adding on more colour. This way if you make a stroke that you don’t like, you can use the water to wash it out.



4) Know your paper.

The biggest mistake you can make with watercolour is by getting the wrong paper and ending up with a big soggy mess. The main kinds of paper to look for is a hot press and a cold press. Hot press paper is generally quite smooth. It can be a bit tricky to work with at first because colour can lift quiet easily due to the smooth texture. It takes a little longer to dry, so you can play around with the colour in the water before the layer sets. Cold press is my personal favourite because it’s extremely textured. I like the way the paints sits and I personally find it easier to use than hotpress.

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