The point of this blog is to help those that want to learn more about painting with watercolor. Some people are very surprised by the simple fact that watercolor is easy to learn as long as you have the tools to use it. So for my first post I would like to focus on the importance of the tools that you are using.
I first started when I didn't have enough money to buy nice watercolors, so if you do not feel like spending more than 10 dollars on paint supplies, buying a kids watercolor set is cheap and fun to start with! The colors are odd compared to what you see in most paintings, but it is a valuable tool to learn how to combine multiple colors to get the shade you desire. While it may seem impossible at first, through time it will allow you to look at simple colors and find a unique shade that you cannot find already made.
The most important tool is your brush. This is what I would recommend spending the most on. While brushes may look the same at a cheaper price, the hairs of the brush will vary depending on how expensive the brush. Higher quality brushes use natural materials for the brush. They will also fray less, and last longer.
If you choose to buy cheaper paint brushes, I would recommend using thin acrylic brushes with natural material. These tend to be between 2 and 6 dollars a piece depending on where you go, but you will only need a few brushes at the beginning.
I will be going over paints at a later date, so last, but not least, is the paper you use. If you are wondering if it matters, it really really does. Sketch paper with watercolor is very sensitive, especially after layering colors on the paper for a long period of time. Multimedia paper is a better option for a cheaper price. It is thick enough so that tears will happen less, and the texture of the paper is still consistent with sketch. If you are feeling extra ambitious or inspired, watercolor paper will be your best option. Due to the transparency of watercolor paints, layering is essential, and watercolor paper is built thickly enough to handle an excessive amount of water.
Watercolor painting may seem impossible, but I promise you that is you stick with it and take some of my suggestions, anyone can paint at any price!