If you’ve always wanted to start painting with watercolors but didn’t know how to get started, I’m so glad you found me!
My name is Charisse and I’m a watercolor artist.
For years, I struggled with the “how” to start painting with watercolors. I was intimidated by the medium and confused by all the paint colors and mediums.
I wish someone had explained to me simply and clearly what I needed to do in order to get started with watercolors.
So that’s exactly what I’m going to do for you today.
This post is a complete, step-by-step guide on how to start painting with watercolors.
I’ll cover everything you need to know including:
What kind of supplies are needed? What paints should you use? How do you mix your own colors? What tools do you need? How do you use brushes? How much water should you add? What is a wet in wet paint technique? What does it mean when the paint is bone dry? Why are there two sinks in my studio? What is the best way to start painting landscapes? And more…
If after reading this post, you still have questions about how to start painting with watercol
Watercolor painting is a wonderful art form. To create a watercolor, all you need is a brush, some paint and some paper, which makes it an incredibly accessible artistic medium for beginners.
In this guide I will explain the basics of watercolor painting, and give you some tutorials on how to get started.
If you have any questions about anything just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer it!
Why should I learn watercolor painting?
Watercolors are fascinating to work with because they are transparent colours. As such, there is no limit to the number of layers that can be stacked on top of other layers. You can create some really beautiful colourful paintings with watercolors!
Learning how to paint with watercolors is also great because you don’t need any fancy materials or expensive art supplies to get started. All you need is some brushes, paints and paper – all materials that are relatively inexpensive and easy enough to come by. This makes it ideal if you’re just starting out as an artist.
Watercolors date back to the Renaissance, and although the medium has changed very little in the past 500 years, it remains one of the most popular with beginners. If you’re looking for something different than acrylics or oils, watercolors are a great option.
TIP: Watercolors are more challenging to paint with than most other mediums. That’s why they’re recommended for beginners. If you don’t want to take on such a challenge, I recommend acrylics as a good medium for beginners.
If you’re new to watercolor painting, where do you start? With so many colors and brushes available, it can be hard to know what’s important to have and what you can get by without. Here’s a simple guide that will help you understand what the essentials are when starting out with this medium.
The trouble with watercolors is that they are not easy to use. You have to know how to work them, and there is a learning curve. There are some simple things that can help you get started, though, and once you master the basics, the rest is just practice until you are able to paint like a professional artist.
*The most basic thing you will need is a good set of paints. You should never buy student grade watercolors; they will be much more difficult to work with than professional grade paints. The only exception is if you plan on painting large canvases; in that case you might want to consider getting a larger tube size.
*You will also need brushes, paper, and a palette. The best brushes are sable brushes, but those are expensive. If you are just starting out, try some synthetic brushes instead; they won’t give you as much flexibility or control, but they will still be good enough for your first few paintings.*
Watercolor painting is a very fun art form, for both new and experienced artists. But it can be challenging to start with if you’re not sure what supplies or materials are the best for the job. In this guide I will walk you through everything you need to know about watercolor painting, from setting up an area to paint in to choosing materials and supplies.
There are many different kinds of paper that are excellent for watercolors. The most common is Arches 140lb cold press. It’s one of the highest quality papers you can get for watercolors, and it’s what I use 90% of the time when I’m working. You can buy this brand of paper at any art store or online at Amazon.
If you’re just starting out and want to test out the medium, there are tons of different colors of these pre-made pads available at any art store, and they’re usually very inexpensive. They’re usually around $8-15 per pad, and they come in packs of 10 or 20. If you want to try out some colors before buying a full set, these are a great way to do it!
I prefer Canson Mi-Teintes watercolor paper because it’s slightly more absorbent than Arches paper
Most of the information is in the video, but here’s a free PDF guide to go with it: How to Paint Watercolors.
Painting with watercolors is a lot of fun, and surprisingly easy. I’ll show you how to get started.
I’ve created a full length video course that will take you step-by-step through the process of learning how to paint with watercolors. The course is completely free and shows you exactly how I make the paintings I show on this site.
You can get to the course here: How to Paint Watercolors
I am about to share with you the exact steps I took to learn watercolor painting. These are the same steps I took to learn how to paint from scratch, and I want to show you that anyone can do it.
The first step was finding a way to practice and learn. This was probably the most important step because it will allow you to actually work on your craft and not just watch how someone else does it. A good teacher is great, but if you don’t have one then find a local class or simply start painting and learn as you go.
Learn some anatomy. You need at least know the major parts of the body and how they look like in different positions – nude or clothed is fine. Choose a subject and do your research, look at photos of models where ever you can find them – there are plenty of photo shoots on internet these days so it shouldn’t be hard, look for books that feature human anatomy and pay special attention to those photos that have labels with names of parts of body (eg: foot – tarsals, metatarsals etc). Study these photos and remember what each part looks like. Next time when you see your model in live model drawing session or posing for you in front of camera, try to recognize each part