I have just started a watercolour painting using the same theme as my recent oil paintings. I thought you might like to see how I go about it.
Transferring the image onto the paper
Figure 2 When I have traced as much as I can see, I turn the tracing paper over and colour over the lines with pencil. The tracing is done in pen, so it remains visible under the pencil. I have used a 2B pencil to colour with.
Figure 3 When I have covered all of the pen lines (on the back) with pencil, I turn the tracing paper back to the right side, position it on the watercolor paper and tape it down so that it does not move.
To be continued...
Top Tips for Tracing:
- Use a pen to trace your picture, and trace carefully. There is no point in tracing, if you are not going to be accurate.
- It is a good idea to write "right side" on the tracing paper. I have transferred the wrong side of an image more than once.
- Only colour over the lines, as too much pencil on the back of the tracing paper will smear on your watercolor paper.
- Tape you tracing paper down onto your watercolour paper so that it does not move.
- Use a different colour pen from the first one to transfer the image, but DON"T press too hard, you do not want to engrave the image into your paper!
- Correct and refine after tracing so that you image is not thick and clumsy.
- Remove as much of the pencil with a putty rubber as possible before you start painting. (Prestik or Blue tac will also do the job.)