I bought some new watercolour paints and have played with them these past few days.
I came up with a few handy tips that have helped me to better understand and work with these colours:
Think CYMK (not RGB) RGB works for light, not paint. Also forget about
that red yellow blue colourwheel you got taught in school. It has its
Try making a colourwheel with cyan, yellow and
Nothing wrong with black and white Some people claim that you should
make your colours lighter or darker by mixing the correct pigments or
amount of water. If you can do those, great! But no shame in using a
black or white paint in your palette.
Also, do remember that shadows generally don’t look that black. You
can make shadows look more natural by using a darker version of the
colour you used for the rest of the object. Paint dries up lighter
Watercolour paint will dry up lighter than you mixed it, usually by
Experiment with this! Try out your paints when you get new colours or
paper Make a new grid with all your colours, mix them up or just
splash them around. I got into the habbit of using the last page of
new sketchbook to paint little blobs of each of my paints with their
name and numbers listed next to it. This gives you a good insight of
how the colour will look once the paint dries. Different papers give
And so do different brands of paint. Have fun! You should never ever
forget to have fun with this. Even if things go wrong, you can learn
something from it. Experiment, have fun and enjoy yourself!
I made Raah! in freestyle watercolour, without first drawing the outlines.
I did use my pen to draw the eyes and mouth though, I couldn’t get it to work with paint.