Laying a Watercolour Wash - An Easy DIY Guide for Beginners

September 4th, 2016

Laying a Watercolour Wash

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 watercolors; it is a little important to know the materials you use so that you can get to work with confidence.

Put together the material


The material used for Watercolours

Flat Brush: 

Generally used for large washes. These are available in widths ranging from Quarter-inch to Two inches, 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 watercolors, good quality paper is very important. The white paper is the most suitable for transparent watercolors.


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

Flat/Plain Wash

02. Graded Wash

Graded Wash

03. Wet in Wet

Wet in Wet

04. Dry Brush

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. The practice is key for watercolors; 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 lose heart. Keep painting more, explore different materials and painting styles, and take inspiration from your favorite artists. Nobody became a genius in watercolors overnight, did they? Everyone started somewhere. So get your painting stuff out and get watercoloring.

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