Watercolor Basics (3 Easy Pan Paint Hacks!)

In this novices watercolor painting tutorial I exhibit you a few necessary hacks for working with Pan paints properly. Watercolor pans are an straightforward way of beginning as a novice, I also display you why specialists choose tubes vs pans, and it is not because pans aren’t terrific. With guidelines and approaches for finding the most from your watercolor pan established, you will be all set to paint nearly anything, from landscapes to flowers and further than!

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:00 Introduction
:18 Use an old acrylic brush for mixing hues
1:05 Set water on your pans to soften them in progress of utilizing
2:18 Nutritional supplement your pans with tubes, specifically for sky colors

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21 thoughts on “Watercolor Basics (3 Easy Pan Paint Hacks!)

  • at 4:01 pm

    Which of these tips did you find most useful, and do you have any of your own to share?

  • at 4:08 pm

    Thank you great info.

  • at 4:26 pm

    Hi Michele and thank you…out of the three tips the first is the most useful to me. As many beginner I bought pans and I thought some colors were very pale (e.g. prussian blue) because I used new soft brush to pick up the color..Now I'll try stiff bristles and a dropper

  • at 4:32 pm

    Yes I use a squeeze bottle for dropping droplets of water on my pans about 15-30 minutes before painting anything. I also have tube paints for larger projects. Thanks for sharing this wonderful informational video with us.

  • at 4:48 pm

    Hey Michele – Geeze – I haven't been "prewetting" my paints (squeezed from tubes and dried). Common sense told me not to use one of my good brushes to get that color going, but I didn't think about prewetting. Thank you!

  • at 5:13 pm

    Well I have the perfect dropper for adding water it is the plastic tube that comes with LFT tests. I just rinse it out and keep it as a dropper

  • at 7:10 pm

    Great tips thanks Michelle. X

  • at 9:32 pm

    Thanks greatly Michele for sharing this information as it's always enjoyable to use other people's thoughts, greatly appreciate stay safe and healthy

  • at 10:22 pm

    Hi Michelle. I keep forgetting about using an old brush for mixing up paint when I use my pan paints. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve learned so much from your videos.

  • at 10:27 pm

    Tip: take inventory of all your tubes and pans so you don’t buy duplicates. I fill a half pan with tube paint, waterproof label on 3 sides and one side has brand, stick magnet on bottom of every pan (even ones in my ready made palettes), use a 4” x 9” ceramic tray that I place in metal tray, then I can chose my pans and they stick to metal (no sliding around) and I have small ceramic bowls for large washes that can squeeze my pans into. As a newbie, I like setting up with exact colors of whomever I’m learning from. I also like to keep things clean and organized, that’s something I noticed you do too:)

  • at 11:11 pm

    I recycle and use the little fish shaped soy containers from sushi, as pipettes.

  • at 1:13 am

    Thanks for reminding me of using my pipettes! So much easier than shaking a water-loaded brush 🙂

  • at 4:36 am

    I like to shout out a hello from S. California. An artist shared how many thumbs 👍 up and comments make a difference in your utube rating!!! Love your videos! Just received a new Da Vinci watercolor "Seaglass" ..marvelous to see it from the tube & will be used for skies & oceans… simply beautiful… PB15:4, PG7… Thank you 😊 💓 for your tips… much needed by this beginner, with love from a California Gramma ❤️

  • at 6:27 am

    Very helpful tip about when tube paint is better. Thank you.

  • at 6:41 am

    Your videos are always excellent, Michelle. Thank you so much.

  • at 10:36 am

    I must stop using my brushes for mixing, just painting. thank you.

  • at 12:10 pm

    There’s something very appealing, very pleasing, about the names given to all the paint colours.

  • at 3:12 pm

    Even though I don't use pan paints, I always watch your watercolor videos and learn something! I almost always use an old brush to remove paint from the wells (I use a Possum Palette) and mix it in the mixing wells. The memory you brought back of Alwyn Crawshaw was greatly appreciated! He appeared on our Public TV stations about 25 years ago. No one else ever seems to know of him. I "blame" him for my penchant for using too much water, as he was always banging on about how beginners do not use enough water and are too timid. He used to end the episodes with, "Remember, bags of water!". It has become rather a joke in our home. I was fortunate enough to find "You Can Paint Watercolors" a a book sale for $1 USD, which is no longer available. I don't know if he is still active; your video piqued my interest. He does have a website, but the most recent article I found was 2017 when he and his wife celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2017, when he was 82.

  • at 3:20 pm

    Hello! I hope you're safe&sound. I appreciated the nr 1 tip. I'm always resisting in using another brush to get and mix paints, cause I'm always thinking about how much pigment I'm waisting, but you make a really good counter point about waisting your good brushes ☺️☺️.
    You looking very charming with your new hair cut, by the way 👏

  • at 9:36 pm

    I first bought a little Cotman palette and actually spent time mixing paint, but was still terrified of the tubes I had been accumulating. When I decided to take classes, most of us had large palettes with tube paint and I learned early on to use a spray bottle to remoisten that paint when ufirst setting things up and it was as good as fresh by then. Viridian was the only problem, but since I learned to use a honey-based paint for that, I've not had problems with rock hard viridian. I have two larger pallets and keep one for mostly staining, bright and modern paints in that with those that are more traditional and usually can lift well and granulate in the other. I love watching some pigments attack other colors!

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