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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!


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.

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.