Have you got a sketch?

Now that you’ve got some paper basics down, what are you going to put on it?
You need some kind of sketch that you have done ahead of time to be able to transfer to the watercolor paper. I usually do my sketches on a light velum paper, working and working till I get what I want, then transfer the sketch to the paper using graphite paper. For you novices, first place the watercolor paper on your table, floor, trunk lid of you car…….ok, maybe not. Then place your sketch over the watercolor paper to position. I then will take a couple pieces of tape and place on one side to secure the papers together so they won’t slip. Got your graphite paper? Slide it in between and you’re ready to go. Retrace over your sketch and it will transfer the fabulous artwork to your watercolor paper. One little tip- if there are a lot of lines to transfer, use a red pencil. You will see better where you have been.

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