Watercolor Painting 101: Weapons of Mass Creation

Hello guys! We present to you our first ever stop motion video! *throws confetti* Who says art can’t be cool and funky? HAHA! *dance party*

One of the happiest places on earth for me are art stores. I could spend hours just browsing, and spazzing over paints, brushes, and papers. (hoarder alert!) On that note, I want to share with you my beloved art supplies. I hope this inspires you to start your creative journey as well. 😉

Of all the mediums, watercolour is one of the cheapest and most accessible one to all. There are a lot of affordable and good quality options available in the market. Moreover, you just need to add water. Et voilà! You’re ready to paint.

To start, you will need the following:

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It comes in two types tube and cake/pan . It’s just a matter of preference on which one works for you. Affordable and good quality paints would be Prang for pan/cake form (available in National Bookstore) and Shin Han for tube form (available in ArtWhale).

Round Brushes
Watercolor Materials Stop Motion-117There two basic classifications for brushes used for watercolour, synthetic or natural. Synthetic brushes are usually made of nylon bristles, and hold less water compared to natural ones. They are “springy” which means they bounce back to original shape almost immediately when doing your strokes. As such, they are easier to use when you intend to do brush letterings. On the other hand, natural hair brushes come in variety of forms, most common are sable and konlinsky. They tend to be more expensive than synthetic ones. They retain more water in the bristles, and are particularly useful when you tend to do more washes in your painting. Also, they are softer and more flexible than synthetic ones.

Pencil & Ink Pens Watercolor Materials Stop Motion-144I usually sketch first very lightly using a mechanical pencil or fine point pencil before I paint a figure or face. Sometimes, I do urban sketching so I use ink or pigment pens for the outlines before colouring my drawings with watercolour. Sakura pens are really good and come in very fine points. I highly recommend them!

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And of course, last but not the least, you need some paper. I would recommend getting a 300 gsm thick paper and no less than that for watercolour. Thick papers can handle your paints well even if its really wet. I particulary like Daler-Rowney’s watercolour pad. I usually tear one sheet off and fix it on a board with painter’s tape so that it won’t buckle. You can also buy watercolour paper blocks such as the Holbein one in the video, it’s already fixed on the sides. Lastly, I love Monologue Sketchbooks. The paper is thick, can handle watercolour well and I can bring it anywhere.

There you have it, the basic tools and materials for you to start painting with watercolour. Don’t be afraid to try something new! Art is all about self-expression and self-discovery. And most importantly, it’s also about having fun! 😀


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