25 Tips for Painting Loose Watercolors

1. Do Value sketches

s. Simplify your subject

3. Do a fairly accurate drawing with good shapes on your paper

4.Think shapes, not objects

5.Paint from large shapes to small shapes

6. Pay attention to edges - hard, soft, lost

7. Be sure you have soft and lost edges in your painting

8. Paint quickly, but under control

9. Get in and get out

10. The first stroke is your best stroke. Fewer strokes win.

11. Use the largest brush you can for as long as you can.

12. Fewer palette colors result in fewer touches of the paper.

13. Use a spray bottle to help move the paint on the paper.

14. Paint on an angle to help color move.

15. Pick up and tilt your board for even more movement.

16. Don't worry about always doing a good painting. Remove the stress and play!

17. Don't worry about messing up.  It's a sheet of paper, and you can always paint on the back.

18. Don't render; interpret

19. Keep in mind what attracted you to the subject matter in the first place. Stick to that and downplay everything else.

20. Don't give everything the same level of attention

21. Don't try to make it happen, just let it happen. Trust the water, paper, brush, and paint.

22. don't use too many tricks and gimmicks.

23. Paint the same subject several times in a series.

24. Realize that you ave to be willing to do a lot of bad paintings before you start doing good paintings.

25. Paint, paint, paint, and have fun!