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Watercolor Techniques

36 Watercolor Techniques & Painting Tutorials for Beginners & Experts

These watercolor tutorials and video lessons will get you started and inspire you to be a better watercolor painter. Let them guide your vision, which is unique for everyone. Over time as you find your path, you’ll find your focus as a watercolor artist, which may be inspired by these lessons and painting techniques. Don’t forget to have fun!

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Use this watercolor technique to intentionally drip watercolors into a vibrant color collage.
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White fur is usually notoriously difficult to paint. Here’s a clever watercolor technique by Yong Chen using dry scratching & negative painting concepts.
4 Watercolor Resist Techniques Made Easy

It’s a nifty (and remarkably useful) watercolor technique dubbed “watercolor resist.” Here are 4 ways to pull it off.
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These watercolor techniques put the word “color” in “watercolor.” Includes an example landscape painting for you to follow along and try these techniques.
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Embellish your written words through the clever use of watercolor and calligraphy. This watercolor technique shared by Linsey Bugbee is a step-by-step crash course on watercolor calligraphy for beginners.
Creating a watercolor card using the salt technique

Learn how to add a unique effect to watercolor using a common condiment by following Jennifer McGuire in her card-making tutorial.
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This watercolor technique is for every beginner. Fix mistakes while painting by lifting wet paint using these techniques.
Wet-In-Wet Watercolor Technique

Everything you need to know about this watercolor technique for applying paint or water to wet watercolor paper.
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How to use wax crayons and wax candles as a watercolor technique to resist paint and produce special effects.
Back wash as texture

Here’s a watercolor technique for painting interesting textures by dropping clean water onto your painting as paint dries.
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Flinging paint may be the most fun watercolor technique. Here’s how to do it in a controlled (or uncontrolled) manner.
Scrafitto & Stamped Effect

How to use scratching, scraping & stamping as watercolor techniques for achieving specific looks.
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An introduction to a watercolor technique using salt to create special effects and textures in paintings.