Easy Watercolor Paintings for Beginners

​Practice makes perfect… Right ? I find that it’s just as true with watercolor painting as it is with anything else. I get a lot of pleasure painting even simple patterns with watercolors. Each time I pick up a brush and start painting I feel like I’m getting to know my paints a little bit better. Getting started […]

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10 Essential watercolor techniques for beginners

The unique fluid and transparent qualities of watercolors are what lend incredible beauty to this art medium. Having said that, these same characteristics are what beginners find unforgiving. For this reason watercolor painting has the reputation of being difficult to learn. I remember when I started painting with watercolors it was a struggle to get the […]

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How to paint a watercolor glazing chart

​You’ve heard about glazing… Right ? Glazing or layering colors is a fundamental technique in watercolor painting. When you paint, the transparent layers of pigment build up, one on top of the other. This layering of paint modifies the values and the color appearance of the final painting. Yellow glazed with blue will create a green color. […]

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20 Ways to fix watercolor mistakes

Watercolor painting looks so simple. A well executed watercolor can be painted with a few quick brush strokes. Good artists make it look so easy, but as a beginner I remember running into a lot of stumbling blocks and ending up wondering what I’d done wrong ! Of course, with practice you develop better technique. But […]

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How to make watercolor pans

At some stage in your pursuit of watercolor art you will want to make your own watercolor pans.  Watercolors in pan format are an excellent option with a heap of benefits. They’re convenient, easy to use, portable. And in my opinion if you make your own pans they are more economical than the ready-made alternative ! So […]

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4 ways to stretch watercolor paper

​You’ve seen it happen… Right ?  You lay down a nice watery wash of paint, you settle down to enjoy your painting, and then… It all goes lopsided !  When watercolor paper absorbs liquid, it buckles and deforms, leaving ridges and depressions which make paint flow difficult to control. It’s a nuisance which all watercolor artists have […]

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Simple abstract watercolor painting for beginners

​Fancy trying some abstract watercolor painting ? Good for you. So, let’s talk about ethereality and impermanence… Nope ! Only kidding… Abstract watercolors are a whole lot of fun. And you don’t need to ponder over complicated art concepts to enjoy them. But at the same time, there’s no reason you can’t learn some interesting techniques along the way […]

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