Improve Your Watercolor Knowledge, Skills and Confidence

Today I’m happy to present with you some watercolor painting advice from Artist Daily editor Courtney Jordan. Here, she shares 10 techniques for beginners. Enjoy!

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“I’ve never been a real big fan of warming up,” says Courtney. “Not when I’m exercising or (trying to) sing or write calligraphy or anything else I’ve dabbled in. No, I’m more of a “let’s jump in and do this” kind of person. And that has proven to be totally okay in certain circumstances…but definitely not when I began exploring watercolor painting. Warming up to my watercolor lessons was essential because I needed to get familiar with the fluidity of the medium while trying to figure out how to paint watercolor works with some kind of control, so that the pigments didn’t just slip and slide all over the place.

“That resulted in my decision to observe as many watercolor workshops as I could, participating in watercolor painting lessons given by instructors when I was able and, most of all, warming up my watercolor painting skills on my own by practicing a few essential techniques.”

Words of Advice: Watercolor Painting for Beginners

1. Learn basic watercolor techniques

2. Start with your very own watercolor palette

3. Improve your brushstrokes through watercolor drawing

4. Master working with wet paint

5. Lift your watercolors

6. Create blooms and backruns

7. Practice makes perfect

8. Use scratch paper as you learn

9. Know that watercolor is about the journey, not the destination

10. Leave preconceptions about watercolor techniques at the door

~Courtney Jordan, Online Editor,

Read more about each of these watercolor painting tips in this article from North Light Shop, where you’ll also find the best resources for learning to paint with watercolor.

Until next time,

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