3 Easy Techniques to Try for Watercolour Beginners
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3 Easy Techniques to Try for Watercolour Beginners


Have you ever wanted to try watercolour but did not know where to start? Check out these 3 easy techniques for watercolours beginners. These techniques are a great introduction to the most used basic watercolour applications.


Take a watercolour paper and use a brush to wet it with water. Wet your watercolour paint and add wet paint to the wet paper surface.

According to artist and blogger Ana Victoria Calderón this technique is perfect for painting landscapes because of its flowy look (Calderón, 2018).


Take a sheet of dry paper. Wet the brush with plain water, moister the paint and begin to paint. For experimenting with paint texture and technique, you could start with painting a simple rectangle or circle.

This technique helps to produce small details, but also provides a picture with a deeper pigment (Metheney, 2019).

3.From translucent to opaque

This exercise is just about learning to build a colour from plain water to fully opaque. While using watercolour paint is very important to keep in mind that you always have to build the colour from light to dark (Metheney, 2019). This means if something has to be white or very light in the image you are making, then it needs to stay white or very light through the whole process (Metheney, 2019). Most of the times, it is impossible to reverse the colour from dark to very light without damaging the paper and the work itself (Metheney, 2019).

  • Prepare a clean and dry paper sheet. Take some water and make a small puddle on the pallet. Grab a brush and add some concentrated watercolour paint to the puddle.
  • Pick a clean brush and dip it into clean water and then start painting a line on the dry paper. Do not add paint yet, starting just with a clear water line will provide that transparent look on the image (Calderón, 2018).
  • Take a brush and add a little bit of concentrated watercolour paint to the puddle. Do not add too much colour if you wish to see a significant difference (Calderón, 2018). Continue painting the line with some pigment.
  • Carry on painting along the line and adding some water and more pigment. Do not forget to rinse your brush every time you are adding some more pigment. At the end of the line, the paint should be concentrated and opaque.

This exercise could also be used to create Ombre effect paintings by adding more different colours and blending them (Calderón, 2018).

translucent to opaque


Calderón, A. V. (2018) 5 Simple Watercolor Techniques for Beginners. [online] Artsy. Available from: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-5-simple-watercolor-techniques-beginners [Accessed 23rd March, 2020].

Marder, L. (2019) Types of Watercolor Paint and How It’s Made. [online] Live about. Available from: https://www.liveabout.com/types-of-watercolor-paint-4686969 [Accessed 23rd March, 2020].

Metheney, B. (2019) 18 watercolour techniques every artist should know. [online] Creative Bloq. Available from: https://www.creativebloq.com/illustration/20-watercolor-techniques-every-artist-should-know-31619705 [Accessed 23rd March, 2020].

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