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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!

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.

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 …

Allan Kirk’s impressionistic watercolor 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 watercolor …

Materials Used: Brushes 1 1/2″ (381mm) Flat Winsor & Newton Series 965 1″ Grumbacher Aquarelle Flat Red Sable #12 Winsor & Newton Series 7 Red Sable #10 Winsor & Newton Series 820 Red …
Tower St. Martin, Watercolor, Allan Kirk

  Allan Kirk’s impressionistic watercolor exercise shows how to capture the mood of a bright, and and sunny day in medieval Soreze in the Tarn in southern France. For Allan Kirk, watercolor impressionism …

Materials Used: Brushes 1 1/2″ (381mm) Flat Winsor & Newton Series 965 1″ Grumbacher Aquarelle Flat Red Sable #12 Winsor & Newton Series 7 Red Sable #10 Winsor & Newton Series 820 Red …
Apple and Kiwi Fruit Still Life, Watercolor, Isabella Kung

Follow along as Isabella Kung sketches and paints realistic fruit. We cover composition, different surfaces, masking fluid, shapes, and much more in this simple yet useful exercise. Click here if you prefer watching a step-by-step …

A weird composition, but a fun painting to build using liquid frisket technique. I used some interesting all over glazing techniques and a lot of detailed and textured brushwork. Materials used: Brushes 1 …

A walk-through in the creation of a small painting of the Lorain Lighthouse on Lake Erie. Materials used: Brushes #8 Kolonok Kolinsky Red Sable #5 Kolonok Kolinsky Red Sable #0 Winsor & Newton …

After underpainting in bright basic hues, I develop a field and the tree line in high silhouette. This was a fun experiment. Materials used: Brushes 1 1/2″ (381mm) Flat Winsor & Newton Series …

Here is a close-up of a furry, tri-colored kitten painted with a Grisaille technique. Click here if you prefer watching a step-by-step video on our Watercolor University. Materials used: Brushes Langnickel Royal Knight …

An interesting foray into nighttime lighting effects using a nautical theme, the West Break Water Lighthouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Watch and see how things unfold as Greg paints his way through a dusky …

Here’s a close-up of pink lily flowers painted with wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and splattering techniques. Video coming soon. Materials used: Brushes Size 16, Princeton round synethic hair brush Size 7, Recap kolinsky hair brush …