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

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...

How To Minimize The Cost of Your Watercolor Supplies and Materials

How To Minimize The Cost of Your Watercolor Supplies and Materials Let's face it - art supplies of all kinds are expensive. Watercolor painting supplies are no exception. There are a few ways to minimize your costs. We'll look at those in this quick video.

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...

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....

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...

The Four Techniques You Need To Know

Watercolor Painting Wet-In-Wet Technique

Watercolor Painting - The Wet Into Wet Technique The wet-in-wet technique is so fundamental to painting in watercolor that it is a requirement for anyone who wants to get the best from the watercolor medium. Learning the wet-in-wet technique will: Help you gain...

Watercolor Painting Dry In Wet Technique

The Important Dry-In-Wet Watercolor Painting Technique Often Overlooked By Vitally Important Technique The Dry-In-Wet technique is not taught that much. But, it is an essential technique for getting the most out of watercolor painting. It is the easiest, most...

Watercolor Painting Basic Techniques – Drybrush Method and Lifting

Watercolor Painting - Drybrush and Lift Technique These two techniques are used less than Wet-In-Wet and the Dry-In-Wet techniques. But they are important and useful techniques. These, together with wet-in-wet and dry-in-wet will really allow you to get everything you...

Watercolor Painting – Blooms, Streaks, Mud

What Can Go Wrong In Watercolor Painting - Blooms, Streaks, and Mud There are several very common flaws that appear in our paintings way too often. They are; blooms, streaks and mud. All three are caused by losing track of some important fundamentals. This video shows...

Easy Painting Projects

Easy Beginner Watercolor Painting Lesson

"Primary Poultry"An Easy Watercolor Painting Lesson With A Thanksgiving Theme This is an easy one! We'll work with just four colors, some easy mixtures and the easiest of watercolor techniques to create a Happy Thanksgiving turkey. Happy Thanksgiving! What you'll...

Easy To Paint Pine Trees In Watercolor

How To Paint These Easy Pine Trees In Watercolor We've all seen those tall, skinny pine trees that dot the landscape. They are easy to paint in watercolor with just a couple simple techniques and a few colors.  Let's take a look. What you'll need: Medium round brush...

The Easy Way To Paint Fir Trees In Watercolor

How to Paint Fir Trees In Watercolor These fir trees are really easy to paint in watercolor. The work well in landscape scenes from all seasons. See how to paint them in this quick and easy video! What you'll need: Medium round brush 1" flat brush Cobalt Blue,...

Painting A Winter Bare Tree In Watercolor

Paint an Easy Bare Tree In Watercolor Leafless Trees Are Easier To Paint Than You Think It can be difficult to paint bare trees. The structure is usually complicated and it's easy to get caught up in the detail. This video takes you step by step through the process...

Paint A Summer Sky and Landscape in Watercolor – Easy Painting Lesson

Paint A Watercolor Summer Sky And Landscape This is an easy lesson for anyone - even beginners This is an easy paint project using basic techniques and just a few colors. What you'll need: Watercolor paper - approx. 7" x 11" or thereabouts Colors: Cobalt Blue,...

Paint An Evening Sky in Watercolor – Easy Painting Project

Easy Evening Sky and Landscape Scene in Watercolor   This video lesson will show you how to create a glowing evening - or morning sky - in watercolor. We'll use all of our basic watercolor techniques in this quick and easy lesson. What you'll need: Cobalt Blue...

Quick And Easy Way to Create Clouds In A Watercolor Sky

A Quick and Easy Way To Create Clouds A Familiar Technique With A Special Addition This is a quick and easy way to put clouds in your sky.  The video shows the combination of two techniques. One is a commonly taught technique that uses tissues to lift color out of a...

Two Quick Easy Ways To Paint Realistic Looking Water In Watercolor

Water That Looks Right In Your Watercolor Landscape Paintings Painting Realistic Looking Water Is Easy Water seems like a difficult subject to paint but, with a couple easy techniques, it is really easy to make water look real in your paintings. This video shows you...

Connecting and Setting Shapes In Your Watercolor Painting – Watercolor Tutorial

Setting and Connecting Shapes An Easy Method Of Creating An Integrated Picture Plane It's important to set your objects and shapes into their environment - grass, field, water, even pavement - in your watercolor painting. The easiest way to do this is by using soft,...

Fast And Loose Sunset Landscape Painting In Watercolor

A Fast And Loose Landscape An Evening Scene With Two Watercolor Painting Techniques A combination of Wet Into Wet and Dry Into Wet techniques make this an fun, easy and imaginitive scene. Working fast and loose can be a challenge when you are not used to it, but speed...

Paint A Watercolor Landscape With Aerial Perspective

Paint A Watercolor Landscape With Aerial Perspective Creating The Appearance of Distance in Your Landscapes Aerial Perspective is the visual phenomenon that makes objects in the distance look lighter and bluer than things near by. This video includes a painting...