The recipe for making your own watercolors paintings is easy and inexpensive. Only a gum o fruit tree resin and pigments are required.
Method for making homemade watercolors paintings:
The binder we used is the arabic gum or a cherry, apricot or peach tree resin.
We heat in a saucepan 50% of distilled water with 50% of gum.
Recipe 1: To do the paintings in small tablets or pastilles (solid when it’s dry), the materials that we need are:
- 50% of disolved gum
- 100% of pigments.
- 5% of Glycerin*
To start painting with watercolors, first, we must learn how to get ready the basic materials that we’ll need, and then, I will show you how to tighten the paper.
Watercolors are made from Gum arabic (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum_arabic) and pigments in powder. We use water as diluent.
You can find watercolors as tablets and tubes, the first cheaper.
The tablets are very good to do small color mixtures and to create sketches, but they tend to dry fast and we should keep covering them with a damp cloth before closing the box.
The tubes of watercolor are more rich in color and it doesn’t spoil the brushes as the tablets do, because we don’t need to rub.
Quality, however, depends on the quality of the pigments which have been used to make the paint, whether he is in a tube or a tablet.
The fundamental rules to paint with the technique of the Watercolor are some rules and logical ideas to make that painting with watercolors become easier and more controllable and comfortable for the artist process.
List of things to consider when painting with watercolors:
- To know how to draw. You can also use the watercolor pencils.
- Painting from the lighter towards the darkest.
- Learning to control the transparency and opacity of the paint.
The color is rinsed with water, not with the white color. This allows that the tone persists and it has more color quality.
Watercolor has the following advantages:
- Artworks very much alive.
- It is one of the best techniques for representing water.
- Beautiful fusion of colors and very beautiful colors.
- If we known how to work the watercolor, the light is radiant and powerful.
- The graphisme and the textures of the material, usually with thick grain paper, gives a great plastic quality.
This theme is included in the art techniques because it affects the shapes, the composition and configuration of the work. The artist must decide between using the representation and the figuration or to use the abstraction and the graphic elements in the creation. The message of the work can be from concrete ideas to more abstract ideas.
These decisions in the shape can be gradual, i.e., we can be using both modes simultaneously, figuration and abstraction.
We could think that the big difference between those expressive systems is the wish of the artist on specify his message. But this is not so. We must remember that it is the spectator who sets the final message, according to their knowledge and experience.
The figuration provides concrete objects, but the composition can be so much complex that although all the shapes materialize concrete ideas, the set could be very ambiguous and open thought.
Today we have a lot of applications to paint with the computer. Brushes, pencils, airbrushes, paint buckets and feathers have been developed to make drawings and paintings as if we were working in the traditional way. The big difference is that the creation is a digital file and also the materials and tools are digital.