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Water Colours

THE NATURE OF WATERCOLOUR

Main pictureWatercolour paint is translucent and is used thinly, allowing the white of the paper to show through. Because the colour is not opaque, it is not capable of covering up mistakes, and a light colour can't be painted over a dark colour.

The colour is lightened by adding water, so to achieve, for example, pink, you must dilute red until the correct shade of pink is created. A traditional watercolourist would seldom use white paint, except for small areas of detail, as it makes colours look impure and chalky.

Because mistakes are often difficult to rectify, the watercolour artist must plan the picture carefully and work in a methodical way. It is usual to begin with the lightest areas and work through to the darkest in a logical sequence.

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