Beginning with painting a rectangle in a pale color, then painting your name (with a flat brush) in a complimentary color. Use a block type style and print your name. You may also draw a rectangle around it (touching the tops and bottoms of the letters). Examine then, the shapes around the letters.
Next try painting those shapes instead of the letters. Not so easy! (ALSO, try other complimentary colors.
If you think this is hard, try writing your name in longhand and then painting the negative shapes!
But you should get the idea. It takes practice, just like learning to print your name all over again! Watercolorists are the only artists that need to train themselves to see these shapes. That is probably what makes watercolor a bit more difficult than other mediums.
When you think you have mastered this you may continue with some easier shapes!
Start with simple shapes (overlapping)
Two or three rectangles or squares
Two or three round shapes (apples, oranges, lemons or a variety of round objects).
Draw a window (first using a pencil).
Paint a window using a flat brush (preferably 1/4 to 1/2 inches wide.
Speed it up using just a brush
Painting a tree
With a flat brush, paint the foliage of a tree (any shape that you desire). Pine trees come to a point at the top, and deciduous trees are more broad spread. When the paint is dry, put a few smaller shapes within the larger shape for depth.
Now paint the trunk and branches. The smaller branches may be in front of the foliage or sticking out through some of the holes in the foliage.
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