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Watercolor Techniques

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!

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.

Most mistakes come from putting paint in the wrong place. Here are the different watercolor techniques for fixing that problem.
Dry brush techiques

Techniques for painting with a dry brush to produce specific textures.

Techniques for using your blow dryer to dry your painting faster without messing everything up.