As I continue to work on, and build up a selection of on line courses, I am creating a list of TOP TIPS

You may or may not know, but worth mentioning none the less.

wet 2TOP TIP : Always have a scrap of paper by you ( the same sort as you are painting your picture on ) and test how your colour looks before you put it on the painting. It might be too dark or too thick.

TOP TIP: When you have rubbed off some masking fluid and you have a little rubbery blob. Don’t discard it, add bits to it and soon you will have a very effective tool for easily removing other masking fluid


Dried Up Tubes of Watercolour Paint.

Don’t throw them away. If you are careful you can cut the tube open with a sharp knife and still use the paint inside. Either use from the open tube or drop the dried chunk into an empty pan.

Brush Abuse.

When you are painting, don’t leave your brush standing in the water pot. It may seem obvious, but after a while the bristles will bend and you don’t want that. If you should find a brush has bent bristles, wet them, straighten them with your fingers and then wrap with paper and tape. Leave it to dry and it should straighten out.

Being Economical.

The cost of bespoke mounting and framing can be quite expensive so why not keep your eyes open for ready cut mounts that will fit into a standard sized frame. Keep hold of them and then the next time you have a painting project in mind you may well be able to paint your picture to fit.

Common Sense?

Well, yes but it’s surprising how many people don’t get this set up at the beginning. Make sure you have everything to hand before you start painting. Also if you are right handed, make sure everything is placed on your right, especially your pots of water. You don’t want to risk dripping water over your painting as you work. Simply but important.

Planning and Starting with the End in Mind.

When you are excited about starting a new painting it’s difficult to reign yourself in at times and remember that planning is 90% of the job. But it’s true and that includes what the finished painting, should end up on a wall, will look like. What is the overall look you want for it? Landscape or portrait? Do you want to paint right up to the mount if you are using one, or leave space around your painted area? Have you solved all the problem areas and gathered enough information before you get cracking on the ‘masterpiece’ ? This may seem obvious but I have seen many a picture marred by lack of preparation and a well thought through process.

Click on the logo below to watch a short video about composition

Here are some videos of top tips too.

  Getting the paint back into the tube….oh yes you can and this tip will work with any other tube whether it be toothpaste, glue of puré

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