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Watercolor Painting

Watercolor can be a tricky medium to master. Here are helpful tips, essential techniques, and step-by-step demonstrations on using watercolors (and watercolor pencils).
  1. Watercolor Tips
  2. Watercolor Painting Videos
  3. How to Use Watercolor Pencils (4)
  4. Watercolor FAQs (15)

Art Supplies Shopping List for Watercolor Painting
When you first decide to pick up a brush to start watercolor painting, the choice of art supplies available can be overwhelming and confusing. So here's an art supplies list of what you need for watercolor painting.

Selecting Watercolors: My Personal Choice
Here are the 12 colors I have in my personal watercolor set, chosen to be vibrant and mix well.

What You Need to Know About Watercolor Paper
Don't underestimate the impact the paper you choose to use for a watercolor painting has on the final result. Learn more about the different types of watercolor paper and the color of watercolor paper (it's not simply "white"!).

Best Brands of Watercolor Paint
With watercolor paints, there's not only a choice of brands, but also whether you buy it in tube or pan form. This is a list of my personal favorites when it comes to watercolor paints.

10 Watercolor Painting Tips for Beginners
These 10 watercolor painting tips will help you avoid basic mistakes and get better results right from the start.

Watercolor Painting Techniques: Wet-on-Dry and Wet-on-Wet
Learn what is involved in the wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet watercolor painting techniques.

Watercolour Techniques: Laying a Wash
Learn this essential watercolor painting technique, how to lay paint across the paper in an even wash or a graded wash.

How to Mop Up With a Watercolor Brush
Deal with an unwanted puddle of watercolor by using a brush to mop it up quickly.

Watercolor Dries Lighter
Learn how to quickly decide if a color will be too light when dry in a watercolor painting.

How To Remove Errors From a Watercolor Painting
If you make a mistake in a watercolor painting, it's not a total disaster. You can fix it.

How To Stretch Watercolor Paper
It's generally recommended that watercolor paper less than 356 gsm (260 lb) is stretched before use, otherwise it'll warp. Read this to find out just how simple a process it is to do.

Step-by-Step Demo: Painting Glazes with Watercolor
A step-by-step painting demonstration of leaves created by glazing using watercolor.

How to Paint Reflections in Water
A watercolor painting tutorial that teaches you three different way to paint reflections in water.

How To Choose a Watercolor Paper
Watercolor papers come in different surfaces and weights. Do you know which is best suited to which painting techniques?

What is the Most Difficult Thing to Learn in Watercolor?
Find out what other painters think is the most difficult thing to learn with watercolor painting (and add your own thoughts too).

How to Use a Waterbrush
An illustrated, step-by-step tutorial explaining how to use a waterbrush with watercolor paints and pencils.

Why is Honey Used in Watercolor Paint?
Find out why honey can be used to make watercolor paint and whether you need to treat it any differently to normal watercolor paint.

How to Use Watercolor Canvas
If you want to try using watercolor canvas but wondered how it differs from painting on paper, here are the answers.

How To Use Salt to Create Snowflakes in Watercolor
Learn how to use salt in a watercolor painting to create an effect that looks like snowflakes. It works for other textured subjects too.

How To Choose Between Pan and Tube Watercolors
What's the difference between watercolor paints that come in pans and those in tubes? How do you decide which is best for you?

Watercolor Pencil Painting Demo: Color of Winter
Follow the creation of a watercolor pencil painting of a snowy landscape step by step.

Tips on Buying Watercolor Painting Supplies
To start painting with watercolors, you'll need to get some basic materials. Here I explain what you need to consider before you buy.

Wax Resist Painting Technique
How to utilize the fact that oil and water don't mix when painting for great results.

Mixed Media: Wax Resist
Making the most of the fact that oil/wax and water don't mix when painting with watercolors or acrylics.

Online Watercolor Mixing Palette
This online color mixing tool lets you experiment with mixing primary colors and secondary colors without worrying that you're wasting paint.

Watercolor Tips from John Lovett
A collection of helpful tips from Australian watercolourist John Lovett to help you create successful watercolours, beginning with the need to decide where the areas of white will be in your painting.

Masking for Watercolor
Artist Sue Dickinson explains how she used masking fluid in a watercolor painting of a lion cub.

Painting from Dark to Light
Ken Hosmer explains the unusual but effective technique he uses to get intense colours: painting "backwards", from dark to light.

Big Brush Tree In Watercolor
A 17-step demonstration by Canadian artist Peter Humeniuk showing how to paint a birch tree using a big watercolor brush.

Watercolor Sky "Doodles"
Four different skies done in watercolor with a detailed explanation from the artist of how he painted each so you can copy them.

Step by Step Irises in Watercolor
A nine-step demonstration and explanation of a watercolor painting of a bed of irises.

Using a Hairdryer on Watercolor
A hairdryer is a useful tool when painting with watercolors if you use it correctly. For a start, don't turn it on high!

Watercolor Demo: Old Truck
Follow the creation of a watercolor painting featuring a rusty old truck, from start to finish, as explained by artist Maury Kettell.

Review: Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Try It Card
My thoughts on the Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Try-It Cards which give you small samples of actual paint to try for yourself.

How to Get Good Contrast in a Watercolor Painting
The key to painting a watercolor with strong, successful contrast between light and done is simple. I could explain it in three words.

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