A beginner's guide to working with colour in watercolour

The most exciting part of working with watercolours is watching those luminous colours come alive and react to water on paper as you experiment with painting techniques. However, the fun dies down when the watercolours you’re trying to use just aren’t doing what you want them to, and that can happen often.

Every watercolour has different properties for different uses, and so part of understanding what works best for you involves a lot of practice and experimentation. A basic understanding of the colour wheel, colour theory and a starter palette of colours will go a long way – see our pick of the best watercolour paints to get started.

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Kelly is an independent artist who creates original paintings for galleries, travels for conventions, and mentors students via her Patreon.