Introductory Watercolor Workshop for painting. What a thrill to watch for the first time the color and the water merge, as in an embrace, and delicately rest on the paper. He decided to organize an introductory level workshop in two versions: a workshop for adults and children. Each workshop is developed over about 3 hours and allows participants to introduce both theoretical and practical to the splendid watercolor technique.
Of course, the children’s version and the adult version have differences, and each is calibrated according to the type of audience. This article will guide you and explain what we have learned during these two intense but fun and exciting days!
The watercolor workshop for adults
After we settled down, Laura gave us a brief introduction on the watercolor technique and how it is immediate and within everyone’s reach. However, we do not want to say that it is easy! If satisfactory results are to be obtained, consistency, rigor, and commitment are required.
When we think of watercolor, we like to summarize it like. This excellent formula already reveals some background of this painting technique: the color is amplified and multiplied by the water, and, by adding some paper, we get the real magic! But let’s not forget our brush friends too! And it is during this introduction that Laura told us about the essential products to start with watercolor for landscape drawing.
We have talked about it many times because we are firmly convinced that this point is critical (but also because this is a bit our job): there are a myriad of colors (loose or in sets), brushes (round, flat, synthetic, natural,), papers (in albums or sheets, fine or coarse grain,) and complementary products. So how to extricate ourselves and choose the one that is right for us? For this reason, it is vital to know the basics of watercolor and understand which products you need to have when starting.
Two watercolor techniques: wet on dry and wet on wet
The theoretical part then moved on to the techniques that we can use to paint in watercolor. Laura told us about two primary methods: wet on dry and wet on wet.
Wet on dry
The “wet on dry” technique is characterized by the use of the substrate, i.e., the sheet, dry. During the demonstration, he talked to us about the importance of water dosage, which allows us to obtain more or less light colors and the typical transparencies that the watercolor technique allows.
The “pitfalls” that the water dosage hides, such as some strains generated on the sheet, were also discussed. Laura then invited the participants to make the first attempts to begin to become familiar with the water.
Wet on wet
The “wet on wet” differs from the previous technique in that the support, the sheet on which we spread our color, is already wet with water, and consequently, the color will react differently. Therefore, Laura first chose paper and brushes. Then, after fixing the sheet, he prepared the colors and wet with water (not colored) in a homogeneous way all the surface to be painted, with a flat and broad brush, so that no area was less wet than another.
At that point, it was time to draw up two colors using a round tip brush: as soon as they were placed on the wet paper, they generated magical shades. Meanwhile, Laura explained the difficulties of this technique and showed how suitable it is to obtain specific effects, such as a background or a sky.
The practical test of color spreading!
Thanks to the precious information provided by Laura and thanks above all to what we have learned from seeing her work, we are ready to get into action!! We finally want to try to paint. Watercolor has no more secrets for us. Indeed it seems almost easy now!
Together with Daniela, Isabella, Martina, and Anastasia, we get to work and discover that it is not as easy as we thought. Maybe we have sinned with ambition.
Let’s compare the various watercolor products
After an excellent watercolor session, we are moving towards the end of this workshop. As a last surprise, Laura wants us to try various products to understand concretely what she meant during the introduction when we talked about the importance of knowing the consequences to orient yourself correctly in choosing.
The watercolor workshop for children
Laura had the brilliant idea of proposing an introductory workshop also for children. If you are a parent, you know how important it is to offer your children the correct stimuli to nourish their curiosity and develop sensitivity and intelligence.
But how is the workshop structured?
First, the children will choose the subject to be portrayed in their paintings. Then, after drawing it on a sheet of paper, Laura will also show them the use of watercolor painting techniques.
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