Information and tips by Guan Weixing
Guan Weixing shares with us information about the way he works
1. Usually I use one certain watercolor paper: Bocking Ford made in England, 300lbs,cold and rough.
Before painting, I stretch my paper. The key point is try to water the paper thoroughly, watching it for 10 to 20 minutes, and stretch it until there is no fold at all.
2. The most used watercolor palette is the Winsor & Newton made in England, and not many. In my palette there are only ten or more.
Ivory Black 331
Cadmium Red Pale Hue 103
Permanent Rose 502
Viridian Hue 696
Prussian Blue 538
Burnt Sienna 074
Yellow Ochre 744
Lemon Yellow Hue 346
And I may add some according to the subject, such as: orange, violet, Green and blue and so on.
3.The brush is mainly “HUazhiqiao”, a brand made in China. Besides, i have some broad brush and small ones to deal with the details.
Generally speaking, the British Winsor masking liquid is at hand to protect the details.
In my opinion, different people use different tools. They will works well as long as you get used to them.
4. Muddy and dead
The problem of be muddy is the shortage of water.
You may do an experiment: mix any muddy color in the palette with plenty of water, you will get very beautiful and transparent color. Therefore, try to use plenty water and try to use more transparent colors, less opaque pigments.
The problem of being dead lies in the drawing, lack of the change between the real and the false.
You can solve the problem by improving drawing.