Today watercolour painting becomes a popular technique, with hundreds of workshops dedicated to it. Thought this technique is one of the oldest in the world, artworks performed with watercolours can look extremely up-to-date.
About the technique
The very beginning of watercolour technique is thought to be Stone Age cave paintings depicting hunting episodes, humans and animals. Later it was popularized in Ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, papyrus is very fragile so there are very few examples of artwork which were found in pharaohs pyramids — they survived thank to dry conditions.
Watercolours is a massive part of Chinese art where they were used as a medium of decorative art since 4 000 B. C. With time use of this medium (mostly of black colour) has grown and turned into traditional Chinese painting.
This is extremely versatile medium as watercolours can be used with canvas, paper, fabric, stone etc. Comparing to oil paintings, watercolours dry much faster so the artist can create more precise artworks. The main problem of this medium is that, left on the sun, colours start to fade. Because of this some masterpieces created in this technique (like several works of JMW Turner, one of the leading English landscape artists) were lost.
Very few watercolour artists and artworks are known as wide as representatives of other techniques. This can be explained by the brittleness of these works that doesn't allow to expose them properly. Second reason is in that up to the late 18th century this technique wasn't considered as a “serious” one — it was used mostly to create sketches.
A turning point in perception of such works was in the 18-19th century — this period is considered as a Golden Age of watercolour: artists from English landscape painting school created serious valuable works and brought this technique to the circle of “big” art. In the following centuries European and American painters created hundreds of colourful artworks using the medium.
Traditional technique (also called an English technique) doesn't involve white colour — instead of this artists leave areas uncoloured. To achieve soft colour tones and to receive a big areas of one colour (to paint sky, for example), a wet paper is often stained by various pigments.
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