Watercolor Painting Lessons

A collection of tutorials on the use of watercolor paints.
Translucent. Unpredictable. Luminous. Watercolors are capable of producing beautiful paintings that speak with spontaneity. They require the artist to work with confidence. Each painting is a journey and the process of creating with watercolors is not just about the finished painting - but also the creative collaboration of the artist, the pigment, and the water.

Watercolor Course
The Watercolor Workshop

A complete course on watercolors - designed for beginners.

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WATERCOLOR PAINTING TECHNIQUES


How to choose the right paint brush
Everything you need to know about paint brushes. Brush hair types, shapes, marks, and parts are all covered in this video, comprehensive guide, and infographic.
How to choose the right paint brush
Everything you need to know about paint brushes. Brush hair types, shapes, marks, and parts are all covered in this video, comprehensive guide, and infographic.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


Mixed media portrait lesson
Combine watercolor and pen and ink to create an expressive mixed media portrait.

LANDSCAPE


ANIMALS


Line and Wash Combine Pen and Ink and Watercolor
Learn how to combine pen and ink applications with watercolor washes to create a line and wash drawing of an octopus.
How to paint a bird with watercolor
A quick watercolor sketch of a bird is developed by layering progressively darker values and slightly more intense applications of color.
How to Paint Birds
Video tutorial on how to paint birds in the medium of gouache (Opaque Watercolor).

STILL LIFE


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More On Watercolors...

Watercolors have been a choice of medium for many artists and illustrators over the years.  They are relatively inexpensive and easy to use "on site". 

Watercolors are noted by their translucency.  Although white is sometimes available as a color, most watercolor purists accept that the "whites" should be produced by the whiteness of the surface.  By varying the amount of water used to thin the paints, a range of value can be produced. 

Watercolors are mostly used on papers.  Watercolor papers are available in a variety of thicknesses and "tooth".  Thicker papers are able to accept more water without wrinkling and are generally more expensive. 

Watercolor paints are produced as dry cakes that activate when water is added to them.  They also come in tubes like traditional paints.