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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!


Raise some colorful flags in this watercolor building tutorial of the Fairmont Hotel! Artist William “Bill” Dunn shows how to use color to direct a person’s focus, and how to simplify a building in a way that still makes it look complex.

In this tutorial, you’ll be studying Wayne Thiebaud’s mouth-watering “Meringues” oil painting in watercolor. William “Bill” Dunn shows how to layer colors and create good value contrasts for these colorful pies.

Learn how to paint a bald eagle portrait in this feathery watercolor tutorial! Award-winning watercolorist William “Bill” Dunn shows a quick and easy way to paint this majestic bird (and any bird-like portraits).

Paint the Mission San Juan Capistrano 2 different ways in this historical watercolor painting session! Get an in-depth look into composition and value – aspects that make an interesting painting.

Get a quick crash course on the basics of still-life design and composition, taught by award-winning artist Steve Curl.

Capture Tokyo’s vibrant night-time cityscape in this watercolor scene, and learn how to utilize watercolor’s unique transparency to make your painting glow through the darkness.

This second painting study is of Winslow Homer’s The Sponge Diver. Award-winning artist William “Bill” Dunn traces the steps of this master watercolorist to better understand human anatomy and watercolor layering.

Capture the likeness of the human face in this beginner’s guide to a watercolor portrait! William “Bill” Dunn breaks this popular topic down to the basics through painting a picture of his son.

Paint some colorful beets in this watercolor still-life tutorial with William “Bill” Dunn! Follow this lesson step-by-step, and learn how to layer some unconventional colors to create a much more vibrant painting.

Learn from the great Impressionist master, Claude Monet, in this course that shows you how to practice watercolor painting by copying the famous painting that sparked the Impressionist movement.

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.

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!

Learn how to paint in perspective and get a cool “tunneling effect” in this watercolor course featuring a lively cityscape of Chinatown, San Francisco.

Follow along as award-winning painter William “Bill” Dunn shows how to paint this charming watercolor landscape of the vineyards of Napa Valley.

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.