Choose good quality watercolour paper, at least 300lb with a good ‘tooth’ (tooth refers to the roughness of the paper). Don’t use cartridge paper, it is too smooth and wrinkles too easily.
- Use the best brushes you can afford, cheap brushes simply don’t cut it.
- Always keep you brush fully loaded when working on washes. Make sure that one wash is perfectly dry before applying another unless working wet-in-wet.
- Always work from light to dark. Start as light as you can you can always darken areas later.
- It is a good idea to establish the lightest area and the darkest areas in your painting before anything else, and then you make sure your tones range between the extremes. This assumes you have worked out the idea for your painting before you start.
- Try not to fiddle or overwork your painting. Don’t use three brush strokes when one will do.
- Get to know your colours, their names and what happens when you mix then together. You should know for example, which reds and blues when mixed, will give you good purples and which give muddy browns. Remember those muddy browns could be ideal for some types of landscape painting.