Laying a Watercolour Wash - An Easy DIY Guide for Beginners

by Ravikanth   |  Sep 22, 2016    

Put together the material

Good art starts with good material, right? Not always; But it's good to have a good set of materials when planning to produce artwork. Especially when it comes to watercolours; it is a little important to know the materials you use so that you can get to work with confidence.

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Material used for Watercolours

Flat Brush: 

Generally used for large washes. These are available in widths ranging from Quarter inch to Two inch, or even more.

(Tip: A good brush retains the point of the tip. To test, dip a new brush in water and shake of excess water and see if it retains its point.


To achieve the best results in watercolours, good quality paper is very important. White paper is the most suitable for transparent watercolours.


The palette is to used to place paints used for a painting and to mix them as required.

Let's get started...

01. Flat/Plain Wash

02. Graded Wash

03. Wet in Wet

04. Dry Brush


Watercolour is a very fun medium to work with. Many find it intimidating at first, but once you get hold of the basics, you are on your way to creating magic. Practice is key for watercolours; the more you do, the more confidence you gain with the medium. You will waste a lot of paper once you start exploring, you will do a lot of messy, weird stuff; but don't loose heart. Keep painting more, explore different materials and painting styles, and take inspiration from your favourite artists. Nobody became a genius in watercolours overnight, did they? Everyone started somewhere. So get your painting stuff out and get watercoloring.

About Author


Ravikanth Buddiga is a designer, illustrator and a shutterbug. His primary interest lays in Graphic and UI design with extended passion towards music and theatre. 

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