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Tips and tricks for mosaic art

Beginner's Guide to Watercolour Painting

Create colourful masterpieces easily using a few of our top tips

Invest in good-quality paints

When it comes to paint selection, it's best to spend a few extra pounds on high-quality products. Watercolour paint comes in three different forms: liquid, tube and palettes. However, we suggest that you opt for a palette – you'll still have an array of colours to choose from, and they'll all be packaged in one set. This will reduce the amount of time spent having to purchase individual paint pots.

Brush selection

Choosing a brush to work with may seem tedious at first, but it really is a simple process. Watercolour brushes have soft, long hairs made specifically to work with a watery medium. Opt for high-quality soft, synthetic brushes; these are not as pricey as their natural fibre counterparts. If you're worried about what sizes to buy, it's best to get one or two large flat brushes to help dilute paint with water, and several round brushes of varying sizes for detailing.

Complete your stash

Don't make the mistake of thinking you can use regular paper for this skill. You'll need to invest in watercolour paper as it is absorbent and specifically designed to soak up any excess water.

Sketch first, paint later

It's best to take small steps before you start your first paint project. We suggest working out your composition as a sketch to ensure that the detailing of the image you'd like to paint is perfect. You can then use the outline as a visual guide.

Practice makes perfect

While we know that learning a new skill may be a little frustrating, you're not alone! It's best to keep practising until you're satisfied with the outcome, but ensure that you have fun, too. Now go ahead and channel your inner Van Gogh!