How To Paint A Watercolor Part 1 – Beginner Lesson

Beginner, Painting, Watercolour | 19 Oct, 2012

Watercolors can be intimidating and difficult to master. But luckily that’s why we have artists like Ken Hobson who starts their students out with a simple subject like this leaf. This part 1 of 2 videos demos is a step-by-step, how to paint a beginner watercolor. Just take half an hour out of your day and you’ll be surprised by what you can achieve with Hobson’s advice.

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    1. @ProjectNightmare1993 While the leaf is still quite damp I use the beveled end of my brush. Some people use a credit card, but I have more control my way. You can find flat brushes with acrylic handles that are beveled on the end. I suggest painting an area on scrap paper and practice – that way you will learn the right time to scrap out veins and get use to using the bevel. I haven’t tried it with watercolor crayons, good luck.

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    2. I am blown awayyyy… I wanna learn how to paint with watercolours. ive always been a led pencil person but I love colour so next holidays or something im gonna devote myself to practising water colours. thank you for the vid!

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    3. I know it can be expensive, but I suggest you use 140 lb. paper to making warping less of a concern. Better yet would be to purchase 140 lb. block of paper (15-20 sheets), a block is sealed on all 4 sides. Another option is a block by “Fluid” sealed on 2 sides which is cheaper. Good luck. Ken

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    4. The key is work while it is wet, for example start with a red (Cadmium red or Alizarin Crimson) and then drop in a green (sap green for example) and let the colors blend on their own, if you over work the colors expecially primaries they can turn muddy.The tendency for most people is to overwork their paintings, drop in the colors then put the brush down! Hope this is helpful. Ken

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    5. You can learn color theory as your going along; Do little test boxes, see what happens when you mix different colors together and label the colors you used, this will be a basic guide to help you. Remembering the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) would be a good start. Go for it. Ken

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    6. Oh my gosh, I just noticed that you paint with your left hand. I see only few left handed painting tutorials and its my first time seeing a video of a left handed artist. I’m left handed myself and I’m just a beginner in painting and your video is really amazing :))

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    7. Watercolors generally dry lighter than what you put down.Pencil out a bunch of 1 or 2 inch boxes and practice mixing colors-label each box with the colors you use. This can be a good reference sheet until you learn how to match colors.

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    8. Yeah i know ^ ^i paint and draw a little bit to, so yeah i know how you can just take the idea(well reference) then go on further with with it, according to what you want to do.it’s really all up to you, but thanks for pointing it out : )

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    9. Thank you so much Ken and Sadie…I write from India.Its been 2 months since I enrolled in an art college, and most of my attempts at water color had been heavily thwarted by our teacher. Was extremely demoralized, and was thinking of giving up on this medium…but then your video popped up, and I feel SO much better looking at how much I picked up in just 45 minutes…definitely subscribing. And thank you so much for showing Sadie in the beginning…I love dogs and she’s ADORABLE 🙂

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    10. Thank you for the video!Three questionsHow many brushes were used, and what type are they?What type of paint does Ken use?What type of paper?Comments;I just threw myself into water colors…I feel like I am treating them more like acrylics. Sadie the dog, I want to kiss her on her sleeping nose!

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    11. Triskut,3 brushes: a liner for detail, A med. round brush & a 1″ flat brush for actual leaf. If you paint smaller than I did then you might want to use a 1/2″ flat. I use a good quality brushes ( they don’t have to be expensive sable brushes), however stay away from the cheap or student grade brushes.Paint: I use DaVinci or American Jouney depending on price.American Journey is Cheap Joe’s brand in Boone, NCPaper: 140 lb. “Fluid,” which is a reasonably or Arches. Hope this helps. K

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    12. I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about “Cheap Joe’s” I’ll check that out.I can’t believe I was using water color on stretched canvas and wondering why I had such a hard time with blending. I mostly do sketching, painting is a whole new adventure for me.

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    13. I’ve been doing traditional anime and manga art. I also do digital anime and manga. I wanted to expand my horizon with painting. I’ve never painted in my life other than Grade school art classes. Watercolor paintings inspired me, and filled me with awe because of their beauty. I thought it would be perfect for a beginner like me. Should I join a watercolor art class with zero experience with watercolor painting? What do you suggest for a complete beginner like me?

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    14. Yes, you have to start somewhere and a class would be great; however, research and find out who is available to teach; look at the work they produce and get input from other artists. Ideally you can find someone who does demonstrations; you can learn much faster if you can actually watch someone painting. Thanks

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    15. Hello Mr Hobson your works are amazing and inspiring for me (I am an illustrator too and I also paint with watercolors). Could you tell me what kind of paper were you using in this video? And also what brand of watercolors do you suggest? Thank you very much!

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    16. Hi Fantasvale,I was using a Fabriano 140 lb watercolor block that has a fairly smooth finish, I also like Arches. The paints are both Da Vinci and American Journey brands.American Journey is from Cheap Joe’s in Boone, NC. I buy in the large tubes and buy which ever one is cheapest.

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    17. Hi Fantasvale,
      I was using a Fabriano 140 lb watercolor block that has a fairly smooth finish, I also like Arches. The paints are both Da Vinci and American Journey brands.
      American Journey is from Cheap Joe’s in Boone, NC. I buy in the large tubes and buy which ever one is cheapest.

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    18. I love this tutorial , all my life all I ever wanted was to go to art school but I never had the money too.Im busy raising my four sons, but my loving husband supports my efforts in learning all I can about art.I hope that some day soon my art will be good enough to sell one day, sincerely misty fenn

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    19. Ken Hobson’s Beautiful instruction and use of explanation is so good. Thank you, thanks you, thank you! I start my watercolor classes next week, and want to have some basic knowledge before I start class! And your painting is so beautiful.

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    20. You would be surprised what my students have done on their first or second attempt at leaves. I do several demos during class and answer any questions they have during the process. I realize the time frame I mentioned was inaccurate, however my students spend less than an hour on each leaf.

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