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25 Step-By-Step Watercolor Painting Ideas You Must See

Painting ideas surround us. Look closely and you can find watercolor ideas wherever there’s beauty. But sometimes we all can use some inspiration, so this section is filled with all sorts of watercolor painting ideas. You’ll find easy watercolor painting ideas for beginners and harder ideas for experts. Try applying the watercolor techniques you’ve learned and don’t forget to have fun!

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Learn how to paint your way through a colorful theme park, adding rides, booths, and everything that captures that exciting buzz. Our award-winning instructor and artist, William “Bill” Dunn, gives several tips to help you along the way.
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Race alongside artist William “Bill” Dunn in this easy watercolor tutorial featuring the famous racehorse, Secretariat. Alternatively: Learn how to paint a horse in motion like a pro!
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Learn how to paint in perspective and get a cool “tunneling effect” in this watercolor course featuring a lively cityscape of Chinatown, San Francisco.
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Follow along as award-winning painter William “Bill” Dunn shows how to paint this charming watercolor landscape of the vineyards of Napa Valley.
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Learn the basics of how to paint a classic figure painting using common watercolor techniques, and get more confident in measuring proportions and using light and shadow to give an accurate impression of the human body.
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Even getting the basics right can lead to an amazing painting! In this watercolor course, learn how to master the wet-in-wet watercolor technique while painting a pair of exotic fish at the same time.
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Get inspired to paint like an award-winner with new painting ideas! In this course, you can learn how to recreate the busy atmosphere of the city landscape of Chinatown.
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How to compose & paint an abstract painting from everyday objects. Includes abstract painting techniques, abstract painting ideas, and abstract painting tips.
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Learn how to paint a realistic lake scene like an award-winning painter. Watercolor techniques taught include: how to paint water, how to paint reflections, how to paint a simple boat and how to paint trees with fall colors.
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Painting real-looking water is hard. Here are watercolor painting techniques for seas, oceans, seascapes & waves from an online watercolor class in our Watercolor University.
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Still-life paintings don’t have to be boring. Here’s how an award-winning painter completes one using everyday objects, step by step.
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Paint wispy cirrus clouds & snowy mountains in this virtual watercolor class. These step-by-step instructions will help you improve your watercolor technique.
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Here’s a taste of what it’s like to paint part of a realistic human portrait, starting with the lips.
How To Paint Sunset Skies & Silhouettes

How to watercolor paint a colorful sunset sky from memory without breaking a leg.
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.