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HOW TO DRAW – painting with aquarell colours – practical exercise – technique with the wet into the wet

The aquarell painting has got quite a short history and its beginnings are dated in the beginning of 19th century in England where the Society of Aquarell painters was established. In those days the aquarell painting was regarded as a supplementary one, convenient mainly for the painting of sketches and plans which were used as a patterns for oil painting. Turner, Cotman or De Wint belong to the most famous aquarell painters but even before them the aquarell painting were used by Rubens, van Dyck or Durer. Current artists emphasize that the cheap things are not worth buying because of its poor quality. On the other hand, the financial part of the product must be necessarily considered when you talk about basic schools. We offer you the following practical exercises of the aquarell technique which every single artist-beginner should be able to try with our tools and materials within art lessons or in other specialized free time activities organized at basic schools.

The main tools for the work with aquarell colours are paper, paintbrush, water and watercolours. The school watercolours KOH-I-NOOR in small, rounded dish are easy to dilute and ideal for children’s works at school. While painting and especially with the wet technique the paper has got a crucial role. The ideal paper would be quarter but even the school sketchpad will do. Although the producer offers a lot of different paintbrushes, paintbrush number 6 should be good enough for your painting. Aquarell colours are water – soluble so then you will need a glass or plastic container with wide neck which holds 0.5 litres at least.

The wet technique means applying colours on a paper which was moistened with water or other runny colour before and which did not have time to get dry. The final results can not be imitated by any other painting technique.

It is important to remember this basic rule:
Do not use too thin paper because lumps can appear while it is wet. Colour runs down in the lines afterwards and creates darker lines.

1. Firstly get wet the paper with water and smooth blue colour on the surface which presents the sky (picture 1).

2. Do not let this prepared base to get dry! Take the paintbrush and deep it into the white and touch the surface so the colour can be absorbed by the wet surface freely.(picture 2).

3. Repeat this procedure on several places of the surface where you want to have clouds (picture 3).

Wet-on-Wet - picture 1Wet-on-Wet - picture 2Wet-on-Wet - picture 3
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