4 Watercolour Tips to Perfect Today

Are you an illustrator or typographer who wants to branch out in watercolour, but have ZERO idea where to start?

Beginning a new challenge takes guts, but if you persevere, can reap the rewards. If you’re looking to branch out into watercolour, we spoke to the lovely Kim Fleming who has her watercolour technique nailed and will help you perfect it, too.



Blending colours
Blending colours together seamlessly is a must-have skill in watercolour. The easiest way to do this is is using a “wet-on-wet” technique.
Untitled design1. Using a large brush, cover an area with clear water
2. Using your first colour, use a smaller brush to add pigment to the wet area. You will see that the watercolour will not extend past the area you have dampened.
3. Add your second colour, and blend together with your brush. This can produce a lovely smooth gradient, but can also have some surprising blending effects. Have fun with it! Also, notice the soft edges with this technique.


Water splatters
This is a lot of fun and can create a really magical effect.
Untitled design-21. Fill an area with the colour of your choice – the darker the colour, the greater the effect.
2. When the paint is almost dry – it will have just a sheen of dampness – dab on little dots of clear water. You could also splatter them on, or even splatter another colour into the first.
3. This creates a “starry” effect, and the closer your paint is to being dry when you add the water, the sharper the effects will be.


Soft edges
This can be useful to fan out an area of colour.
Untitled design-3 1. Paint your chosen colour.
2. With a fairly large brush, load it with clear water and paint around the edges of your original area. The original colour will leak out into this new area, but will be diluted.
3. You may have to do this several times to get a clean gradient. Dabbing at the edges with paper towel can help too.


I think this may be a technique of my own creation, I have never seen anyone else do this!
Untitled design-4 1.Paint an area of colour, preferably blue.
2. Dab at the paint with scrunched up paper towel. The area can be quite wet when you do this. You may have to keep dabbing as the paint dries.
3. Voila! Instant clouds!