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Old 05-02-2012, 10:51 PM
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New to watercolors - need help

Just starting out in a new medium - watercolor! I was doing the usual due diligence and found this forum. Looks like a great bunch of folks and I look forward to reading/evaluating all sorts of good stuff on here.

I currently do woodturning to appease the creative demons. Lately, I've spent several months at home while my wife recovered from knee surgery and wound up watching lots of PBS. Between the cooking and painting shows, I got the "bug" ( yeah, I do the cooking now ).

I'm about to buy my first set of brushes, colors, paper, etc., etc. The plan is to go with Winsor Artist grade colors, Strathmore 300 paper (I can get it VERY cheap here at a local cheapie store ), a palette I found at HL, and brushes. I'm still trying to figure out which brushes to go with. Any suggestions? I plan on doing mostly landscape, nudes and an occasional modern geometric shape .... Right now I'm leaning toward synthetics or sable/synthetic blend. Anyone want to give me the benefit of their opinion?

Looking forward to being a contributing member of this community....
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:17 AM
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Re: New to watercolors - need help

Hi and welcome to wetcanvas.

This is a terrific community and a wonderful resource, there are forums for just about every art and craft medium here, here's a full list of the forums.

As you are interested in watercolors I suggest you check out the Watercolor Forum

Check out the Top 20 FAQ and Watercolor Handbook links in my signature for help starting watercolours.

The links in my signature will also help with the forum and give links to lots of demos, articles, videos and free on-line tutorials. If you have a particular site problem, click on my name and send me a private message (pm).

There are many talented and generous artists in the forum who will love to share your art.

Introduce yourself in the "Daily Wash" in the Palette Talk forum - they are a great bunch of folks.

I look forward to seeing some of your work in the Watercolor Gallery, or in the Watercolor Studio if you need advice. Technical questions are asked in the Learning Zone.

There is a thread at the top of the watercolor Gallery showing how to resize and post your pictures.

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:44 AM
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Re: New to watercolors - need help

Welcome to the Wet Canvas community, it is nice to meet you!
WC holds something for any artist no matter the area of interest, choice of media or level of skill.
If you click on any of the words or phrases in my Signature line below you will find numerous helpful hints to assist you with some of the basics of the site, but if after reviewing them you need help, I encourage you to return here at any time, it's why we are here.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:08 PM
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Re: New to watercolors - need help

Hi, it's nice to meet you. The Watercolor people will be able to help you out with that for sure. I hope your wife's knee is okay.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:12 AM
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Welcome. Enjoy.

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Old 05-04-2012, 02:13 PM
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Re: New to watercolors - need help

I strongly recommend Arches watercolor paper in Blocks. This way you don't need to worry about paper wrinkling because the sheets are bound in blocks of 20. Been using it for many years.
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