Watercolor Techniques

33 Watercolor Techniques & Painting Tutorials for Beginners & Experts

These watercolor tutorials and video lessons will get you started and inspire you to be a better watercolor painter. Let them guide your vision, which is unique for everyone. Over time as you find your path, you’ll find your focus as a watercolor artist, which may be inspired by these lessons and painting techniques. Don’t forget to have fun!

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Everything you need to know to paint a successful color portrait from a black-and-white photo.
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Go back to basics and strengthen your core skills. Practice these watercolor techniques so it becomes effortless.
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Learn ways to control your splatter-painting technique to paint beautiful cherry blossom sakura trees.
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How to use a knife as a watercolor technique for scratching woodgrain textures onto wet paint for realistic trees.
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Your fan brush is more versatile than you’d think! Here are 4 clever watercolor techniques using your regular ol’ fan brush.
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Did you know monoprinting can be a watercolor technique? Here’s how to use it to produce one-of-a-kind watercolor prints.
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Using everyday plastic saran wrap can be a nifty watercolor technique for producing unique textures and backgrounds.
Using Alcohol To Create Interesting Textures In Watercolor Paintings

Use alcohol as a watercolor technique for painting interesting textures.
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Use this watercolor technique to intentionally drip watercolors into a vibrant color collage.
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White fur is usually notoriously difficult to paint. Here’s a clever watercolor technique by Yong Chen using dry scratching & negative painting concepts.
4 Watercolor Resist Techniques Made Easy

It’s a nifty (and remarkably useful) watercolor technique dubbed “watercolor resist.” Here are 4 ways to pull it off.
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These watercolor techniques put the word “color” in “watercolor.” Includes an example landscape painting for you to follow along and try these techniques.