Free Watercolor Painting Course For Beginners

Fourteen Free Watercolor Painting Lessons That Will Get You Started. Learn And Practice Basic Techniques

Supplies and Materials

Our Basic Supplies and Materials Page has a series of short, free video tutorials on basic watercolor painting supplies and materials.  They’ll get you on the right track , helping you choose those important materials where you shouldn’t skimp! There’s also a downloadable supplies and materials info sheet with purchasing checklist.

Learn It!  Wet-In-Wet and Dry-In-Wet Techniques

Wet-Into-Wet Watercolor Technique

Wet-In-Wet Watercolor Technique

THE most fundamental watercolor painting technique. Transparency is the single most unique characteristic of watercolor paint.

The Wet-In-Wet Technique is the best way to retain and maintain transparency and gives you the loose, flowing character that we all love!  It is also the gateway to many other interesting techniques and effects. Click To Start This Lesson.

watercolor graded wash - a basic watercolor painting technique

The Graded Wash

The Graded Wash is should be an essential part of your watercolor painting repetroie.  Pratice until it becomes second-nature!

Graded washes are all based on the Wet-In-Wet watercolor painting technique.  In this case the color, or colors, are worked into the wet wash to create graded – or gradual – changes from one thing to something else.

These washes create beautiful and expressive passages in your painting. Even better, they are without peer when it comes to representing the subtle effects of shifting light that occur all around us in the natural world.

Wet-Into-Wet Watercolor Technique

Dry-In-Wet Watercolor Technique

The Dry-In-Wet technique is a CRUCIAL watercolor painting skill. It is important and useful in several ways, especially for subtle, soft-edged effects.

It’s important for transparency but is also the gateway to many other interesting techniques and effects.  Be sure to get a good handle on this one!

Practice It!  These Lessons Use Both Techniques

Paint An Evening Sky In Watercolor Turorial Lesson

A Very Simple Holiday Turkey

The Easiest Fun Project

Paint An Evening Sky In Watercolor Turorial Lesson

Summer Sky and Landscape

An Easy Lesson To Get You Started

Paint An Evening Sky In Watercolor Turorial Lesson

Evening Sky And Landscape

Another Easy One For More Practice

watercolor landscape painting of a rural scene using graded washes

Graded Washes For Effect

Practice Using Graded Washes For Light Effects and Compostion

Learn It!  Two More Important Techniques and How To Avoid Problems

Drybrush and Lift Featured Image

Dry Brush and Lift Techniques

Two more must-know techniques.  These are specialty techniques mostly used to create texture and detail. These along with wet-in-wet and dry-in-wet will do everything you need in watercolor painting.

Fast and loose street scene watercolor painting

What Can Go Wrong With Watercolor!

Blooms, Streaks, Mud – these are the three watercolor technique gremlins that annoy us all!  Understanding what causes them will help you avoid them. This lesson shows you all you need to know!

Three Basic Textures For Watercolor Painting

Three Basic Textures For Watercolor

Texture brings a visual richness to your watercolor paintings , helps the viewer understand the objects that are being represented, and supports the unity of the composition.

Ther are only three textures you can create with paint and a brush, but they are more than adequate for representational painting. They are also subsets of the Basic Techniques presented in the first three lessons. Learn how to create them with this tutorial.

Easy Technique With A Little More Challenge

And A Couple Helpful Hints

Two Easy Ways To Paint Water

Two Ways To Water

More Basic Practice and Easy Water Effects

Sunset Watercolor Painting Wet N Wet

Evening Sky Fast and Loose

A Bit Of A Challenge.

Sunset Watercolor Painting Wet N Wet

How To Fix A Bloom

This is a pesky problem can be fixed

Fresh Color For Your Watercolor Paintings

Get Fresh Color In Your Paintings

Water Is The Key!

Self Assessment – Basic Watercolor Painting

This series should have gotten you off on the right track. Having a good foundation in the basic techniques will make everything else much easier.

Make sure you have a good handle on Wet-In-Wet technique.  You’ll know you do if you can lay in a wash over a large area of the paper quickly and with color variation (gradation).  When it dries, the area should be VERY transparent.   If you still get streaks and blooms, you are probably not using quite enough water in the wash.

Are the dry washes transparent and also have good color strength. Most likely, you are using plenty of water but not enough color.  Watercolor paint dries lighter than it is when you put it on. This is particularly a problem with colors that are light to begin with – yellows, oranges, and even some reds.   Always make sure you have plenty of  color in those wet washes. It’s probably enough if it looks like a little too much!

The Dry-In Wet technique is also essential to know and use well for those soft-edged shapes you’ll need in most paintings. It’s not a familiar technique nor one that is taught very much. But it will do wonders for your painting!  Make sure you can use this technique easily and with at least a little control.

Don’t be afraid to repeat lessons!  You’ll want these techniques to become second-nature, so that you’ll be able to concentrate on other, more complicated parts of the process.

Happy Painting!

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