Hi! Thank you so much for the (Wincy-Cj) rave. (I wish they keep on coming. Nakakakilig eh!) Thanks again. :)
For the watercolor question: Most artists I know say that they have difficulty handling watercolor because it’s a no-more-turning-back kind of medium. If you made a mistake, it’s rare that you can cover it up. You’d usually have to start over again. :(
But my personal experience with watercolor - it is so fun to use! I never took formal painting classes so all I can tell you are purely based on experience, with some of my dad’s training too. :) There are two kinds of watercolor technique: wet on wet and wet on dry.
Wet to wet means that you put color on wet paper, or maybe you apply one color and you immediately apply another over it, which achieves the bleeding effect.
Wet on wet technique is as my dad says, “chambahan”. I usually do technique when I under-paint skies, water, or backgrounds. But when I do details, I do layering, which I think is the second technique I know.
You’re right, there is process in layering or glazing. What I got used to is that I first paint the mid tones, leave the highlights. And when its dry, I paint the shadows. When i feel like the black watercolor gives a dull black, I’d put shading using ballpoint pens. If you notice the WIP’s I upload, I layer a lot. I prefer glazing over wet on wet because it gives me more control with the shapes, lines and details. I love working on details. :)
You can learn art through reading books and watching YouTube demos. I learned painting through my dad and through all the art books he would buy for me. And also, a lot of mistakes and practice. :)
There are also affordable materials! If you have time, pass by M. Enriquez in Recto, everything is cheaper. But don’t scrimp on watercolor paper. You should have quality watercolor paper. Prang is a good watercolor brand, the 16 colors is around P300. For brushes, choose the white nylon sable brushes, nylon brush give better control coz they’re less soft. But they easily lose form (that’s why they’re cheaper). But I prefer nylon brushes. :)
Hope I helped!
I think Valerie Chua has really affordable watercolor lessons: http://blog.quietgirl.net/2012/03/my-watercolor-workshop-april-batches.html
These sites look great (don’t mind the web design!):
Hope this helps! :)