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Allrighty. So I finally broke down and bought a set of watercolors. Problem is, I have NO clue whatsoever how to use them. I bought a block of 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper. Do I still need a board to stretch the paper on? And I spritz my paper with water BEFORE painting? Do I just use the paint out of the tube, or do I need to dilute it with water? :)

I'm hoping some of you watercolor gurus out there can help. :>

thanks!

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chebutykin
May. 2nd, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
Yes, you will need to stretch the paper, though it might not be as much as an issue with 140 lb paper.

Yes, you typically do thin the paint with water, by quite a bit. With your particular paints, you will want to experiment with how they thin. However, I am a gonzo painter, and I like using the stuff straight from the tube. So, really, it's a matter of taste.

Random nifty thing: If you thin the paint a lot, you can make a lot of really nifty texture effects by throwing salt on the painting before it dries.

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