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Step-By-Step Painting Ideas

Spark new ideas! Follow along as artists paint from start to finish.

How to paint a seascape

Learn how to paint a seascape. Navigate the entire process, starting with just a reference photo, all the way through to completion.
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Maybe our cutest painting idea yet! Follow professional painter and professional instructor, Isabella Kung, as she teaches you how to paint an adorable bunny rabbit step by step.
Step-by-step nebula & stars in a galaxy

Paint the complexity of the universe by simply using salt & watercolors, as seen in this easy tutorial given by Leonardo Pereznieto.
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Dive into fur and detail by learning how to paint an adorable fennec fox on an abstract background.
In the creation of the watercolor "Frostville Barnhouse" I used a traditional approach and basic watercolor techniques: flat wash, graded wash, glazed washes, dry brush, wet-in-wet, and some light sgrafitto. "Frostville Barnhouse"   11"x15" watercolor © 2002 Gregory Conley.

I remember spending a whole lot of my youth with my nose buried in art and watercolor painting books when I wasn’t playing in the woods. I always seemed to learn more from
Finished Watercolour - Blue Window
Arches Rough 300gsm, (22x28cm)

Allan Kirk’s impressionistic watercolour exercise shows how to capture light and present the beauty that can be found in the simplest of subjects. The composition is brought to life by the way transparent watercolour
"White Barn"   11"x14" watercolor   © 2002 Gregory Conley

Materials used Brushes 1 1/2″ (381mm) Flat Winsor & Newton Series 965 1″ Grumbacher Aquarelle Flat Red Sable #12 Winsor & Newton Series 7 Red Sable #10 Winsor & Newton Series 820 Red
Tower St. Martin, Watercolor, Allan Kirk

Allan Kirk’s impressionistic watercolour exercise shows how to capture the mood of a bright, and and sunny day in medieval Soreze in the Tarn in southern France. For Allan Kirk watercolour impressionism is
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Materials used: Brushes 1 1/2″ (381mm) Flat Winsor & Newton Series 965 1″ Grumbacher Aquarelle Flat Red Sable #12 Winsor & Newton Series 7 Red Sable #10 Winsor & Newton Series 820 Red
Apple and Kiwi Fruit Still Life, Watercolor, Isabella Kung

Follow along as Isabella Kung sketches and paints realistic fruit. We cover composition, fuzzy surfaces, shiny surfaces, masking fluid, shapes and much more in this simple—yet useful—exercise. Click here if you prefer watching a
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A weird composition, but a fun painting to build using liquid frisket technique. I used some interesting all over glazing techniques and a lot of detailed and textured brushwork. Materials used: Brushes 1
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A walk-through in the creation of a small painting of the Lorain Lighthouse on Lake Erie. Materials used: Brushes #8 Kolonok Kolinsky Red Sable #5 Kolonok Kolinsky Red Sable #0 Winsor & Newton
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After underpainting in bright basic hues, I develop a field and the tree line in high silhouette. This was a fun experiment. Materials used: Brushes 1 1/2″ (381mm) Flat Winsor & Newton Series
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Here is a close-up of a furry, tri-colored kitten painted with a Grisaille technique. Click here if you prefer watching a step-by-step video on our Watercolor University. Materials used: Brushes Langnickel Royal Knight
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An interesting foray into nighttime lighting effects using a nautical theme, the West Break Water Lighthouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Watch and see how things unfold as Greg paints his way through a dusky