A big struggle for beginners is how to use water in watercolor techniques, so here are some things to keep in mind:

First, if you’re not using enough water, you’ll notice that the colors will just sit in one spot and not blend into each other. When dry, the wash may contain weird patterns, streaky lines, and hard edges.

Second, if you’re using too much water, you’ll notice that the paint tends to pool around the edges of your painting. As a result, when you add color onto the page, the pigment becomes concentrated in these pools.

Third, a sign that you’re using the right amount of water is that the surface of your watercolor paper appears glossy (but without the pooling). When you drop paint into it, the paint spreads and blends naturally into the other wet areas.

Just try to be aware of the state of your paper as you paint. You can always add more water to the page if it seems to be drying out, and you can remedy pooling by lifting the excess water with a watercolor brush, a paper towel, or clean rag. The key is to practice!

Article from: https://watercolorpainting.com/beginners-watercolor-techniques/

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