There are tons of watercolor painting ideas on the internet. However, not all of them are easy to recreate, especially if you are just starting out. That's why it's extremely helpful when artists create tutorials along with their work. Their process is broken down step by step, and most artists share some helpful tips along the way.
These watercolor tutorials are wide ranging and cover a variety of techniques and styles. More importantly, they have clear pictures and easy directions to follow. Best of all, these tutorials are completely free. Grab some paints, pick your favorite, and get started!
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Watercolor tends to bleed and it can be difficult to create crisp lines and shapes. There are a few techniques to block off sections of artwork to prevent this bleed from happening or to create shapes in the negative space. This tutorial from Persia Lou will show you how to use rubber cement to create an abstract floral pattern.
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If you want to learn how to master watercolors and hand lettering, check out this creative project. This watercolor tutorial from Damask Love can be used for greeting cards, wall art, or for additional practice in a bullet journal. Beginners can start with a stencil, but more advanced artists can modify this tutorial using custom lettering that they create.
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One way to prevent artist burn out is to tackle projects that are fun to create. Try not to take yourself or your work too seriously. This watercolor idea from Delineate Your Dwelling is fun for beginners and more advanced watercolor enthusiasts. Don't worry if your monkey emoji doesn't look exactly like the one on your phone.
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If you are scared to paint something for fear of it looking bad, try out this DIY project from A Beautiful Mess. It's nearly impossible to mess this one up because it doesn't require complex drawing or shading. Check out the tutorial for more details on how to create similar looking photographs.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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This project is part printable, part painting. Instead of printing off a graphic with watercolor detailing, print off a simple quote and customize the piece with artwork you make yourself. This tutorial from Cherished Bliss will show you how to recreate a similar scene.
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Painting flowers with watercolors is rewarding, but it can be tricky if you haven't mastered some basic techniques. Before you create a piece of art for your wall, practice various types of flowers in a sketch pad. This tutorial from A Piece of Rainbow will show you how to create forsythias like a pro.
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This tutorial is ideal for artists that have basic watercolor shading skills but still have a hard time drawing from a reference. Find out how Elise Engh Studios creates this professional looking watercolor portrait using some clever tricks.
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Watercolor galaxies are fun to create and very forgiving, which makes them perfect for beginner watercolor painters. You can paint a galaxy like you see here or you can use this tutorial as a starting point and customize your galaxy with different colors and shapes.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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This watercolor tutorial works well when you complete an entire series. Learn how to paint three or six different herbs and then create a gallery wall with the art. This tutorial is best for intermediate to advanced painters.
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The great thing about this watercolor tutorial is that you can create a nice looking piece of art while practicing your brushstrokes at the same time. Creating long, curved brush strokes in varying thicknesses is a great way to improve your overall dexterity. Also, since this is meant to be abstract, the end result isn't meant to look perfect.
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If you want to create a thoughtful gift for a loved one, consider customizing a calendar with artwork for every month. If that seems daunting, pick one month and start there. This tutorial from Fox + Hazel is filled with tips and tricks to get started. You could even trade out the month for your favorite word and create a piece of wall art instead.
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Dawn Nicole features various artists and tutorials on her page. This tutorial is in collaboration with Fox + Hazel and shows readers how to create this eye-catching zodiac inspired watercolor painting. Check out the link below for more details.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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This watercolor tutorial from Elish Engh Studios is easy to follow. We love that it includes up close, sharp images that highlight exactly how to shade different parts of the fruit. Beginners can easily recreate this piece in no time because you only need three paint colors.
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Loosely painted watercolor flowers are dreamy and ethereal looking. If you love this style but don't know where to start, check out Blushed Design. Her page is filled with extensive video tutorials that will take you through each flower painting from start to finish.
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Watercolor works well on watercolor paper, but don't limit yourself to only that surface. This tutorial from Lemon Thistle uses watercolor paints to customize a raw piece of wood. The end result is even more rustic and blends in well with the surrounding decor.