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13 Easy Watercolor Techniques, Tips, & Tricks

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Get a jumpstart on 13 easy watercolor techniques with Isabella Kung as she demonstrates a few tricks of the trade. This tutorial is perfect for practicing beginners and for introducing texturizing tools like salt and alcohol. Interested in more? Watercolor courses like this are available to members of Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Easy Watercolor Class:

  • A block of Arches cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 16″ x 12″)
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • 2 containers of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • A tabletop easel or a box to prop your painting on
  • Grumbacher’s Miskit Liquid Frisket (i.e. masking fluid)
  • Liquid soap
  • Rubber cement pick-up (2″ x 2″) or a normal eraser
  • Spray bottle with clean water
  • Alcohol (90%+ isopropyl alcohol)
  • Glass pipette
  • Salt
  • Chopstick (optional)

Paints (Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors)

  • Cadmium Red
  • Winsor Red
  • Winsor Red Deep
  • Indian Red
  • Oxide of Chromium
  • Viridian
  • Perylene Green

Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Watercolors

  • Intense Blue (a.k.a. Phthalo Blue)
  • Winsor Violet (a.k.a. Dioxazine Purple)


  • Utrecht: Synthetic round brush (size 2)
  • Escoda Primera Series: Synthetic round brush (size 6)
  • Escoda Perla Series: Angular brush (size 10)
  • Rosemary and Co.: Pure squirrel hair mop brush (½” cat’s tongue/oval wash)
  • Raphaël Kaerëll Series: Synthetic pointed round brush (size 12)
  • Raphaël Oleo Mixed Media Series: Flat brush (114“, size 30)