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Watercolour Portraits

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Watercolour portraits make a beautiful gift for your family and friends for any occasion all year round

It couldn’t be easier to commission your own piece of art.

Once you have decided on a size and how much of the subject/subjects you want painted it’s simple to arrange your portrait. If you are unsure of size and background colour etc I can advise you on this.

Please send a good clear photograph or photographs via email to info@emmacolbertart.com. The better the quality of photographs, the better the painting will be. For extensive tips on taking suitable photos have a look at Tips for Photographing Animals

Waiting times can vary depending on work load – an approximate completion date will be given at time of ordering. Shorter deadlines for special dates can sometimes be met but on average my waiting list is around 7 months long. Christmas orders should be booked as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Final Payment and Shipping

Choose from a variety of payment options, including Revolut and Paypal, to finalize your payment. That’s it! Your portrait will be packaged and shipped to you.

Watercolour techniques are essential when it comes to mastering the art of watercolour painting (or aquarelle). Watercolours started being developed thousands of years ago, so over time many different techniques have been practised. It’s a complex, but extremely versatile medium, once you get a hang of it. 

Watercolour paints are made up of coloured pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle. Combining the reflection of the white paper, and the translucent, delicate watercolour paints, creates an enchanting luminosity on the page. Watercolours are not easy to master, but with the right techniques and plenty of practice, they can be incredibly rewarding. When it comes to watercolour painting, you will want to have a range of brushes. The brushes you choose will depend on how large, or how small you work. If you most often work on the smaller side of things, then you will probably have to working with brushes ranging in sizes from 000 to six. It’s best to have a go with a range of different sizes at first to work out what your favourites are, and which work best for you.

Get your hands on a few brushes that are smaller than you’d normally go for too, because they might come in handy down the  line when adding details you didn’t anticipate.It’s good plan to invest in some good quality watercolours as these can really make a difference and take your work to another level. Better quality paints will also tend to last longer and not yellow or degrade as much over time. There are plenty of different high-quality water colour brands, that you can buy from a range of places, whether that be online or in-store. We can recommend Holbein and Winsor & Newton. It’s a good idea to buy a few colours from different brands when you are first starting out, just so you can understand which paints work best for you and get a better understanding of the way watercolours work. You don’t have to buy every colour of the rainbow, you can mix to create the colours you want, using even the most limited of palettes. 

There are two major factors to consider when painting with watercolours: wet and dry. As the name suggests, watercolour is a water-based medium. You can manipulate the darkness and saturation of the pigment depending on how much water you add. There are many ways to paint in watercolour and as you try them, you’ll find the ones that work best for you. Working dry to wet can help achieve more control. 

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