Watercolor Techiques can be many and varied and there are many books and videos available which teach to beginners.  Here I will outline the points which I think are most important for success in the medium of watercolor.

A lot of the success of a watercolor depends greatly on the materials one uses.  Paramount of importance in the materials of watercolor is the type of paper one uses.   Basically watercolor paper can be of a rough grain or smooth grain , depending upon the technique one wishes to employ.  The rough grain paper can support a very wet technique whereby one can allow the paint to spread in pleasing ways and the smooth type can be employed for a glazing techinque.  The latter consists of  the method of putting down a color, letting it dry and then placing another on top of the first color so that the bottom one either shines through or merges with the top color to make an entirely different color.

Another material very necessary for   are the brushes.  These are also varied and each painter finds the type that most suits his or her style.  The type I find most useful are ones that are very rounded at the base and which form at the end a very neat point.  This brush enables the painter to either form a very wide stroke of color or a wide stroke which ends in a very fine line.  Then there are the flat topped brushes which are useful in laying in broad areas of color.


A stimulating way of experimenting with a particular type of watercolor technique is to wet a piece of rough watercolor paper after having made the drawing (more applicable to figure drawing).  When it has come to a very damp but not flooded kind of wet, a strong color is applied which begins to spread.  If one has achieved the right amount of wetness the color spreads in an interesting way, sometimes in a combination of within the drawing and sometimes outside it.  While still wet, another color can be placed either on top of the previous one or in another area, until one is satisfied that the piece is finished.  This is one of the types of watercolor technique that is more difficult to control and can be frustrating but when it is successful it is very rewarding.

Essentially a watercolor techique should be developed by much experiment and practice so that the painter develops his/her own individual style  that is unique.