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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!


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.

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.

How to compose & paint an abstract painting from everyday objects. Includes abstract painting techniques, abstract painting ideas, and abstract painting tips.

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.

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.

Still-life paintings don’t have to be boring. Here’s how an award-winning painter completes one using everyday objects, step by step.

Paint wispy cirrus clouds & snowy mountains in this virtual watercolor class. These step-by-step instructions will help you improve your watercolor technique.

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.

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.

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 …