When I say “dummies”, I include myself in that category. I have always loved the appearance of watercolor paintings but never quite figured out how to use the medium very successfully. When I was younger, I would get unbelievably frustrated because I could never paint a perfectly even blue for the sky. Clearly, I did not understand that watercolors aren’t meant to be perfect, and that is the first step to creating a watercolor masterpiece. Once I realized this, I figured it was time to give watercolor another chance.
To start, I decided to find a tutorial, but as I looked up watercolor tutorials, I realized there were so many that I wanted to try! I picked three that looked especially promising and started painting. Now that I’ve finished, I’ve given each tutorial a brief evaluation to help you decide which paintings you might like to create. I’ve also shared the link below for each tutorial. 🙂
- Watercolor paints: Any type of watercolors will work. For this demonstration, I used Prang Professional Semi-Moist Watercolors.
- Watercolor paper: If you don’t have watercolor paper, other thick paper will work. However, it will not absorb the water as well and might wrinkle when it dries.
- A fine-tipped paintbrush
- Something to mix paints in: I used a plastic palette, but a lid or small container would work just as well.
- Easy Autumn Tree Watercolor Painting (click here)This was a great tutorial for a beginner watercolor artist like myself! The steps explain exactly how to mix each color, a skill that will be extremely important in all future paintings. Also, this tutorial helped in the mastering of color combination. While the paint is still wet, you learn the best way to blend various shades of yellow, orange, and brown. Finally, mistakes only add character to your tree so it’s nearly impossible to mess up! Here’s how mine turned out.
- How to Paint a Pear (click here)
The simplicity of this design appealed to me, and the process to create it turned out to be fairly simple as well. This tutorial has easy-to-follow, specific steps that show how to use various tints of the same color to create a three-dimensional appearance. Unlike the tree, the pear uses the technique of painting a layer then waiting for it to dry before applying another layer. This painting turned out to be my favorite!
- How to Paint a Loose, Expressive Lily in Watercolor (click here)I loved the look of this watercolor lily, but I wasn’t sure if it would be too difficult. Although the design was definitely more challenging and the instructions were less detailed, it gave me a better idea of what creating my very own watercolor might be like. This tutorial might be better once you’re more comfortable with the skills involved in the first two paintings. Still, the challenge can definitely be fun!
If you want to start painting with watercolors, I would strongly encourage you to try out one of these tutorials! Just remember, a watercolor painting doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.