At least once in your watercolor painting journey, you will be creating an abstract watercolor painting. There are easy lessons on how to create the best abstract watercolor painting even if you are a beginner. We have compiled amazing tips and tools that you will need for your abstract watercolor painting session.
What are the things that you would need for your abstract watercolor painting session? Is abstract watercolor painting for beginners? Aside from watercolors, what are the other materials that you will need for abstract watercolor painting?
The Best Step By Step Abstract Watercolor Painting Lesson Using Watercolor Pencils And Other Painting Medium
This step by step abstract watercolor painting lesson will also teach you to use watercolor pencils and masking fluid. Remember that in painting, to gain more knowledge is by experimentation and exposure. You don’t need to worry if you haven’t used watercolor pencils yet. You can look at this lesson ss an introduction to watercolor pencils. You can also feel free to experiment with your masking fluid and how to use it properly.
The best thing about this abstract watercolor painting lesson she will both painting and drawing at the same time. You don’t need to worry as this is going to be easy. But before we start, it is better to prepare all the materials that you will need for your abstract painting lesson.
Things To Prepare For Your Abstract Watercolor Painting Lesson
With this abstract watercolor painting lesson, you will need the following materials. If you were just a beginner with abstract watercolor painting it is best to use a small canvas. A small painting surface would be ideal for you. You can start off with watercolor paper to see how will it work. We do hope that you will have fun doing this activity. Let’s begin, let’s prepare first the following materials;
- A jar or cup of water – You will use this for cleaning your paint brushes
- Watercolor set – This can be in tube or pan paints, that totally depends on your color preference. You get yourself watercolor set that is used for traveling. You will have most of the colors needed with this set.
- Watercolor paper – You can also use anything with your preferred for size. However, if this is your first time then it’s better to use a small sturdy surface.
- Watercolor paintbrush- As for paintbrush prepare two small round paint brushes for this activity. You can even use a cheaper paint brush that you will use for your masking fluid application. That way you don’t have to worry if the masking fluid will ruin the paint brush. You can also use an old paintbrush if you want to.
- Masking fluid – Always get the masking fluid that is used for watercolor painting.
- Watercolor pencils – A few watercolor pencils will do the job. If you want to get a set of watercolor pencils then that will be fine.
- Soap for cleaning – This will be used both for cleaning your paintbrush after you used them with masking fluids to further avoid any possible damage to the paintbrush bristles.
Before we begin with our abstract watercolor painting lesson we just have to give me a few reminders. Because we will be using masking fluid, remember that you have to work quickly with them. It is advisable to always use an old or cheaper paint brush for masking fluid application. Once the mask a fluid is completely dried to your face brush it is almost impossible to remove it. It makes your paintbrush bristles hard. If the masking fluid dries out on your paintbrush bristles then consider them unusable.
Step 1: Create your desired abstract design on your painting surface using a brush with masking fluid.
Additional tips for masking fluid application. You can coat your paintbrush bristles with enough soap to cover its bristles. An ordinary dishwashing liquid can also be used. You can directly dip your paintbrush to the soap mixture and then to your masking fluid. Create the best abstract design afterward in your painting surface.
Step 2: Start painting your background with the wash that you referred.
You can choose any color that you preferred for your background. Watercolor wash technique can be applied on the whole surface. It’s ok if the paint will overlap with each other. The paint will build up on top of your masking fluid area and that’s ok. You can keep that be overlapped because it will be dried up eventually. You can also wipe it if you want to.
Step 3: You can start removing your masking fluid.
Make sure that the masking fluid and the paint above it is completely dried before removing it. Otherwise, the paint above the masking fluid is not yet dried it will stain on the white surface that you try to protect. You can easily be removed by rubbing them off the painting surface. There are some artists who use erasers to remove masking fluids on their painting surface.
Step 4: You can start tracing the edge of masking fluids with your watercolor pencil.
This time you can trace the edge of your masking fluid with the desired color pencil. You can even add intricate designs on your painting surface.
Step 5: Water down your watercolor pencils with your paintbrush
Adding water to your watercolor pencils will add a painterly effect on them. You will notice that the pencil marks will eventually transform into a paint mark. They will complement the rest of the painting surface.
Additional tip: If you prefer to add a little bit more of design with your watercolor pencils all over your painting surface then do it. You can start adding waters on the pencil marks by simply dipping your paintbrush with clean water. Afterward, you can squeeze the paintbrush a little bit to remove any excess water on them. You can apply the paintbrush directly to the pencil marks and rub off. You will notice that the pigments will start to be moist and spread like watercolors. Make sure that you rinse off your paintbrush every color change. That way you can avoid any unwanted colors on top of other colors.
Step 6: Make sure that the watercolors are completely dry before adding another design.
Work on areas you wanted to add designs too. Make sure that you let it be dried out before adding an extra layer of paint or pencil marks. You can also cute some areas of pencil marks untouched. Pencil marks that are not rubbed with water with a grainy texture. However, that depends on your preference if you want to.
Step 7: Protect your finish artwork.
The best way to protect your finish airport to apply a thin coat of varnish on top of it. Make sure that you are using the right product for your watercolor painting. Application of varnish on your finish abstract watercolor painting acts as a shield. The varnish will protect your painting from any possible damage from UV rays. But most especially, it protects the painting from getting wet. Remember that watercolors are water-soluble. Even the slightest amount of water can change the painting.
Before applying your varnish on the painting surface, remember to test it first. There might be a slight change of color once the varnish is applied to your painting surface. That is why it is best to test sample first before application.
Watercolor painting is such a versatile medium. It allows you to mix other painting media with watercolors. The possibilities of mixed media with watercolors depends on artist preference. On this particular abstract watercolor painting lesson, You mix watercolor with watercolor pencils and masking fluid.
On a final thought, limitation depends on how you want to limit yourself. It is by experimentation that you learn different techniques with watercolors. We do hope that we can hear from you as soon as your activity. Have fun with watercolors!