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Watercolor Painting Lessons

A collection of tutorials on the use of watercolor paints.
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19 Lessons | 4 Hours | 18 Ebooks

WATERCOLOR PAINTING TECHNIQUES


12 Watercolor painting tips
12 of my very best tips for watercolor painting. 
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.
Watercolor painting materials and tools
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An introduction to The Watercolor Workshop video course.
Watercolor brushes and composition
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Composition of watercolor paint, common brushes and surfaces, and stretching watercolor paper.
Watercolor Application Techniques
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A look at twelve common application techniques for painting with watercolor.
Color Theory and Mixing for Watercolor
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Color theory for watercolor painting and how warm and cool primaries affect mixed colors.
The Interactive Color Wheel
Learn color theory the easy and fun way with The Interactive Color Wheel.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


Mixed media portrait lesson
Combine watercolor and pen and ink to create an expressive mixed media portrait.
How to Paint an Eye with Watercolor
A look at painting an eye with watercolor. 
Watercolor portrait lesson part 1
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Part one of a series on painting a portrait with watercolor. Transferring images and mixing skin tones is covered.
Watercolor portrait lesson part 2
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Part two of a series on painting a portrait with watercolor. Values and tones are layered to complete the face and hair in this module.
Watercolor portrait lesson part 3
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Part three of a series on painting a portrait with watercolor. The clothing and the background are completed in this module.
How to draw an eye with tempera paint and colored pencils.
Learn how to combine tempera paint and colored pencils in this demonstration that features creating an image of an eye from imagination. 

LANDSCAPE


Watercolor Landscape Lesson Series
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A four part lesson series on painting a landscape with watercolors.
Line and wash lighthouse lesson
Combine pen and ink with watercolor applications to develop a landscape that features a lighthouse. 
Painting water with gouache
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A seven part lesson series on painting water with gouache (opaque watercolor).
Line and wash live lesson series
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A four part lesson series on combining pen and ink applications with watercolor washes.
Line and wash landscape lesson
Learn how to combine pen and ink line applications with watercolor washes to create a landscape sketch. 
How to paint a landscape with gouache
How to paint a simple landscape with gouache or opaque watercolor. 
How to paint trees with watercolor
A look at painting 3 different types of trees with watercolor.   
Easy Watercolor Landscape Lesson
An easy approach to creating a watercolor landscape using only a few colors and masking fluid.
Watercolor landscape lesson series
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A six part video series on painting a landscape with layered watercolor applications.
Watercolor Woodland Landscape Part 1
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Part one of a series on painting the landscape with watercolors using warm and cool hues to produce contrast and space.
Watercolor Woodland Landscape Part 2
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Part two of a series on painting the landscape with watercolors using warm and cool hues to produce contrast and space.
Watercolor Cityscape Lesson Part 1
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Part one of a series on painting a cityscape with watercolor. Techniques for simplification are presented and implemented.
Watercolor Cityscape Lesson Part 2
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Part two of a series on painting a cityscape with watercolor. The cityscape painting is completed by developing details.
Mixing media with watercolor part 1
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Part one of a two-part series on mixing media with watercolor applications. Initial washes of color are applied.
Mixing media with watercolor part 2
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Part two of a two-part series on mixing media with watercolor applications. Pen and ink, pastel, and pastel pencil are applied over the watercolor painting.
Painting with Gouache
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Learn how to paint with gouache (opaque watercolor) in this module from "The Watercolor Workshop".
Watercolor Pencils Live Lesson
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A simple landscape is completed using Derwent watercolor pencils. Colors are layered and activated with water.
Watercolor Trees
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Use watercolor to create trees using a combination of just a few colors in this recorded Live Lesson.
How to paint waves with watercolor live lesson
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Learn how to create the illusion of waves using watercolor in this recorded Live Lesson.
How to Paint a Snow Scene with Gouache
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Learn how to use gouache and masking fluid to create a snowy scene in this two part recorded Live Lesson.
How to paint a waterfall with watercolor
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Learn how to use masking fluid to create a watercolor waterfall in this recorded Live Lesson.
How to Paint a Tree with Gouache
Gouache (Opaque Watercolor) painting demonstration of a tree.
Pen and Ink Watercolor Painting Tutorial
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Learn how to layer pen and ink over watercolor in this two part video series.

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 dog with watercolor
Learn how to paint a dog with layered watercolor washes in this lesson.
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).
How to draw a bird with watercolor pencils
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Learn how to draw and paint a colorful bird in this recorded live lesson on using watercolor pencils.

STILL LIFE


Realistic Painting Tutorial - Hamburger
Learn how to paint a realistic painting in this lesson on painting with gouache.
How to use watercolor pencils - Flower
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A five part video series on drawing/painting a rose with watercolor pencils.
Expressive Watercolor Painting
Learn how an underpainting can be used to produce expressive colors in a watercolor painting.
Gouche Painting Lesson Series
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A five part video series on painting a realistic image with gouache (opaque watercolor).
Watercolor Composition Lesson
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Compositional strategies for arranging a still life for a watercolor painting.
Watercolor Still Life Lesson
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The conclusion of the still life painting that was started in module 5.
Watercolor pencils Orchid Lesson Part 1
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Part one of a two-part series on drawing/painting with watercolor pencils. Characteristics of watercolor pencils are explored and a painting is started.
Watercolor pencils Orchid Lesson Part 2
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Part two of a two-part series on drawing/painting with watercolor pencils. A painting of an orchid is completed.
Watercolor Pencils - Course Module Part 1
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Learn how to apply and activate watercolor pencils in this first of a two-part series.
Watercolor Pencils - Course Module Part 2
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Learn how to apply and activate watercolor pencils in this second part of a two-part series.
How to combine pen and ink and watercolor - mushrooms
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A two part series on combining watercolor and pen and ink. Recorded Live Lessons.
Dual Tone Watercolor Painting Lesson
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Paint with just two colors and the values of those colors in this recorded live lesson.
Watercolor and Colored Pencils Lesson
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Learn how to combine watercolor and colored pencils in this two part recorded Live Lesson.
Painting Lesson with Gouache
Excerpts of a 1 hour Live Lesson on painting with gouache.
Painting Lesson with Gouache - Full Lesson
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Follow along as an apple is painted using the opaque watercolor medium of gouache in this full length video demonstration.
Watercolor Painting Lesson of Oranges
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Learn how to layer watercolor to create a still life painting in this recorded live lesson. 
Watercolor Pencil Techniques
Learn how to use watercolor pencils in this video tutorial.
Watercolor Pencils Lesson Excerpts
Learn how to paint an iris using watercolor pencils in this video. (Excerpts from a Live Lesson)
Watercolor Pencils - Full Lesson
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Follow along as watercolor pencils are used to create a watercolor sketch of an iris in this full length video demonstration. 
How to combine watercolor and colored pencils
Learn how to use watercolor with colored pencils in this drawing/painting lesson.
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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.