10 Watercolor Hacks Experts Don’t Want You to Know

10 Watercolor Hacks Experts Don’t Want You to Know

Are you a beginner in painting and you would like to be a pro in using watercolor? Then reading this blog is perfect for you because today we will share 10 watercolor hacks experts don’t want you to know about watercolor painting.


Let us check first what are the most important materials that are being used in watercolor painting. Here we will give you a list of the things that you will need. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have to buy all or every material that you see in the art shop because you can always make some adjustments depending on your budget or ability to buy materials that you need.


  • watercolor paper
  • board
  • paintbrushes
  • water brush
  • watercolor palette
  • masking tape
  • watercolor paints – this depends on the art project that you will paint, buy the colors that you need, you can also mix and match different colors to come up with another color
  • watercolor markers

Now that you have an idea of what materials to buy, its time for us to share the 10 watercolor hacks experts don’t want you to know about watercolor painting.


#1 Warped Paper

Sometimes we cannot avoid our art papers to show warping signs when you dry them out. The best technique that we suggest is that you place a heavy book or something on top on a dry surface overnight or in a few hours. This will solve your problem in getting warped paper after drying out a finished painting in a watercolor paper.

#2 Color Marker Clipboard

When you are a beginner, you may use a regular clipboard rather than buying an expensive hardboard panel or high-density fiberboard. Once you improve on your skills

#3 Do not be afraid to erase your mistakes

Making mistakes in watercolor painting is inevitable, in fact, almost in any form of art, there will always be a time when you commit mistakes. And that is the beauty of creating art masterpieces because you can always correct them. You can paint over them or use a magic eraser to slightly cover up your mistakes.

#4 Smooth Watercolor Washes

If you would want to avoid lines in your watercolor artwork, do not let the paint dry as you do your brush strokes. Use water to wet it and act quickly since watercolor paints tend to dry up faster as compared to other mediums in painting.


#5 Use masking tapes carefully

The stickiness of masking tapes may damage your art paper. The technique that we do is that we run the tape through our pants or clothing or on your hands so that the stickiness will be lessened.

#6 Heat Emboss

“Heat embossing allows you to add raised elements to a stamped image! The basic steps you need to do entail the following: Use an embossing ink (or an ink thick enough for embossing) to create a stamped image. Add the embossing powder over the image and cover up all of the ink. Heat the powder with a heat gun.”-Google

You may stamp the image and make use of heat embossing on your artwork. You just have to cover it with embossing powder first, then brush away the excess powder. Melt the powdered artwork using a heat gun and then start coloring the image. The heat emboss will be the barrier that will hold the watercolors. Try also doing watercolor resist.

Watercolor Resist refers to the process of creating a masked surface before inking with watercolors, or any liquid pigment. In this Instructable, I used rubber cement as a resistive medium to create water-repelling shapes and words on watercolor paper.”-Google

#7. How to Speed Drying Time


Watercolor paintings may take a little time

to dry up, so if you want to dry it out faster, you may use a heating tool to dry it totally in just a few minutes.

#8 Watercolor markers


You can mix colors in your watercolor painting using watercolor markers. These markers may give your artwork a little simplified color. They are available in different shades so you can mix and match and make some adjustments based on your need.

#9 Smooshing


In order to do this, add watercolor on your palette then spray with a little water. Use a piece of plastic just like a piece of plastic from a sandwich then pick up the watercolor and use that plastic in smooshing over your art paper of canvass.

#10 Watercolor Stamps

In order to achieve a great watercolor effect on your painting, make use of a watercolor stamp.  All you have to do us to color your stamp with markers, spray a little water then stamp on your art paper.

We hope that you enjoyed reading these helpful “10 Watercolor Hacks Experts Don’t Want You to Know”. If you need more help and want to know more about painting ideas, check out Tropic Desire’s website today.


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