Art: Watercolours Secrets Revealed

So you want to learn the secrets to painting watercolours?

  • This series of blogs on the secrets of watercolour is FREE. You don’t have to buy 8-9 DVD’s. The information and tips are free. All you have to do is follow the blog series.
  • And what you get is the honest unvarnished truth. What watercolour artists actually experience. And you can learn from their experiences.

Since this blog is the introduction to the watercolour secrets series, we’ll start with:

What are your expectations? How great are your expectations?

Having taught many novices, they generally start out with high expectations. Most think there are shortcut tricks to success.
Enthusiasm isn’t a bad attitude, unless of cause you expect instant results. You can’t learn art in one or two lessons. It’s no secret, that most trades start with an apprenticeship and regular activity to acquire a skill.

Art is about been actively creative:

  • `It’s enjoying the trip while you are taking the journey’.
  • `Enjoying the moment while creating in the moment.
You can paint watercolours

A watercolour.

Progress depends on you. You make the difference:

  • You may learn a lot by actually experimenting with want you have learnt.
  • Don’t be scared of making mistakes. The fact is: people learn by trial and error, ie how things should or shouldn’t be done.
  • The old masters knew opposition and frustrations were part of being on the road to fame.
  • You learn a lot from reality, studying and working outdoors, eg: taking note of the true colours of Nature.
  • Checking how other artists handle particular techniques involved in your research.
  • Learning the constitution of the pigments and how they react to their environment: to other pigments and the state of the watercolour paper.
  • Finding out what your tools can or can’t do under different circumstances and procedures.
  • The trick to success: is to be patient with yourself and enjoy living in the moment of creating.

Added to that, people who:

  • Buy cheap watercolour pigments or art materials don’t get good results.
  • People who don’t watch demos carefully or listen to advice and instruction given, usually lose out on important facts.
  • People who don’t take notes or practice at home what they learnt for the day in art class, haven’t a clue how to cope on their own. When you experience something for yourself, you come back with relevant questions.

Conclusion: So it isn’t surprising then, those people get discouraged when mistakes occurred and give up even before they even start. You can’t go `like a bull charging into a china store’ without everything come crashing down!

Case history:

You’re more likely to achieve something, if you enjoy doing it. Each tiny successful attempt is encouraging, gives you confidence to continue striving towards your goals.

I remember a woman who learnt the timing of applying watercolour paint. I saw how she wiggled in her chair with excitement. You could see she loved the effects she was creating and couldn’t wait to do another vignette exercise.

So she kept trying out the technique, over and over again. And with each successful attempt her smile grew bigger and bigger, she even started humming with joy.

Why was she so successful?

She listened carefully to what the instructions were. She was very observant. She carefully watched my demonstration. Then when undertaking her exercise, she carefully watched the state of her paper before applying her paintbrush and dropping in more colour at the appropriate time, then watched as the colours merged and created beautiful special effects.

  • Yes the beauty of watercolours is the flow, integration and gradation of colours!
  • No other medium possesses or creates this type of atmospheric charm the way watercolours do.

How dedicated are you?

You learn a lot if you are willing to go the extra mile because you are thirsty for knowledge and willing to explore theory.
People who are not willing to learn anything new and prefer to stick to old habits never progress.
Art teachers will tell you: students who expect too much, all at once, don’t generally `stay the race’. Mastering a skill doesn’t usually happen overnight, unless you have had some previous experience.


  • How much do you want to become a successful artist?
  • Do you think art is just an amusing social pastime?
  • How serious are you about your artistic ambitions?
  • How do you see the world around you? What effects or colour combinations make you want to paint and be creative?
  • What do you want out of life? How do you plan to enjoy it