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50 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

An introduction to a watercolor technique using salt to create special effects and textures in paintings.
Finished painting using masking fluid or liquid frisket

Some call it masking fluid. Some call it liquid frisket. Here are the techniques for applying it to your next painting.
Before introducing the changes

Want to test an idea on a painting without painting anything? Try this watercolor technique for sketching ideas on tracing paper atop a painting before committing.
A graded watercolor wash

Every watercolor painter must learn this watercolor technique to paint gradients and fades.
Glazed Wash Technique Demonstration

Techniques for layering different colors without ruining your painting.
Finished flat wash

A watercolor technique every painter needs to know. It’s a basic building block.