Just Starting Out?

Great! Watercolor is a beautiful and unique medium. Using it well takes some time, but getting a handle on the basics is easy. This learning track starts you out with info about materials and some tips that will help you get off to a good start.

If you are really just starting out, the first section will go over the basic materials, how to minimize their cost, getting set up to paint, stretching paper, and cleaning brushes.

Then watch the videos on the four basic techniques  – Wet-Into-Wet, Dry-Into-Wet, Drybrush, and Lift. It seems to good to be true, but these techniques are the only ones you need to know. They’ll get you started and take you as far as you want to go. Get a handle on these four first! It will boost your ability right away. And will make it easier to make progress. 

Also, watch the video on what can go wrong – blooms, streaks and mud.  You’ll want to avoid these and this video will show you how they happen and how to avoid them.

After that, follow along on the easy watercolor painting projects that will show you how to create a painting step-by-step, using some combination of the four basic techniques.

Supplies, Materials, Setting Up, Getting Started Painting

Setting Up And Working With A Limited Primary Color Palette

Limited Twelve Primary Color Palette Using A Limited Palette Actually Strengthens Your Paintings Working With A Limited Palette Gain Important Advantages For Your Watercolor Paintings Working with a limited set of colors in a painting has a number of advantages....

Three Ways To Stretch Watercolor Paper

Three Easy Ways To Stretch Watercolor Paper Two Quick and Easy, One More Effective Here are three ways to stretch watercolor paper.  It is recommended for 140lb and lighter watercolor paper. One method, which actually uses staples to hold the edges of the paper to the...

How To Minimize The Cost of Your Watercolor Supplies and Materials

How To Minimize The Cost of Your Watercolor Supplies and Materials Let's...

Getting Set Up To Paint In Watercolor

Setting Up Your Paint, Brushes and Supplies For Your Watercolor Painting Session Whenever you are ready to begin a new watercolor painting, it is best to be a little organized. That way, everything you need will be set up and ready to go - and you won't have to...

How To Clean Watercolor Brushes

How to Clean Watercolor Brushes After Painting Cleaning your brushes after painting is easy! Rinse them well in clean water Blot them out with a clean rag while reforming the points of rounds or the edge of flats Stand them bristle side up in a container to dry Linked...

Watercolor Painting Supplies and Materials

BASIC MATERIALS FOR WATERCOLOR PAINTING A Simple Set Of Materials To Get You Started And Keep You Going The really good news is that it doesn’t take a lot in the way of supplies and materials to be able to paint successfully in watercolor. USE PROFESSIONAL MATERIALS...

The Four Techniques You Need To Know

Watercolor Painting – Blooms, Streaks, Mud

What Can Go Wrong In Watercolor Painting - Blooms, Streaks, and Mud ...

Watercolor Painting Dry In Wet Technique

The Dry-In-Wet Watercolor Painting Technique Often Overlooked But Extremely Useful [mepr-hide...

Watercolor Painting Basic Techniques – Drybrush Method and Lifting

Watercolor Painting - Drybrush and Lift Technique BASIC MEMBERSHIP...

Watercolor Painting Wet-In-Wet Technique

Wet Into Wet Watercolor Painting Lesson BASIC MEMBERSHIP IS FREE!...

Learn About Color

Create Focal Points and Direct The Eye With Color In Watercolor

Color Basics - Using Color To Create Focal Points And Direct The Viewers Eye The Four Characteristics of Color can be used individually to create areas of contrast to catch the eye, either to hold it at a focal point or help it move through the painting. This lesson...

Using Color To Show Light and Form In Watercolor

Color Basics - Using Color For Realistic Effects Show Light and Form, Space and Distance This lesson can be watched with at least a PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP. Already  a Basic Member?  Upgrade to PREMIUM from your Account Page. Already a Premium...

Color Basics – Temperature

Color Basics - Understanding Temperature Establish Mood and Subtle Spacial Relationships With Color Temperature This lesson can be watched with at least a PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP. Already  a Basic Member?  Upgrade to PREMIUM from your Account...

Color Basics – Value

Color Basics - Understanding Value Simple To Understand - Critical To Your Painting This lesson can be watched with at least a PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP. Already  a Basic Member?  Upgrade to PREMIUM from your Account Page Already a Premium...

Color Basics – Chroma

Color Basics - Understanding Chroma Simplify This Complex Characteristic Of Color Chroma is the most difficult of Color Characteristics to understand. It’s an unusual word, so we’re not exactly how to interpret its meaning.  This lesson makes it simple to understand...

Darkening Light Colors – Watercolor Painting Lesson

Darkening Light Colors Four Methods - Four Effects It can be a challenge to darken any light color while still retaining its character.  Think of the paintings which have a subject with a light “local” color, yet also has areas of shade and shadow.  There are several...

Color Basics – Hue

Color Basics - Hue The Easiest Characteristic To UnderstandOf the four characteristics of color, hue is the most easily understood. A colors hue is simply the name we give it – red, yellow, blue, etc. Usually, the hue is a fairly general name that really describes a...

Color Basics – The Characteristics of Color

Color Basics The Characteristics of Color In Basic Terms This lesson can be watched with at least a PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP. Already a Basic Member? Upgrade to PREMIUM from your Account Page. Already a Premium Member? Click here to login Not a...

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Paint A Fog and a Seascape - Watercolor Painting Lesson

Paint A Fog and a Seascape – Watercolor Painting Lesson

Paint a Seacape In Fog In This Watercolor Lesson Lots of wet-into-wet and drybrush technique along with neutral grays gives ...
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Mixing Grays and Neutrals In Watercolor

Mixing Grays and Neutrals In Watercolor

Learn Mix Grays and Neutral Colors In Watercolor  Learn how to mix beautiful, transparent grays and neutral colors in this ...
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Warm Summer Evening Landscape - Watercolor Painting Lesson

Warm Summer Evening Landscape – Watercolor Painting Lesson

Learn to Paint A Warm Summer Evening Landscape In Watercolor In this lesson you'll learn how to infuse a watercolor painting ...
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