Watercolor For Beginners | Supplies & Watercolor Techniques for Beginners & Painting the Ocean

Watercolor For Beginners | Supplies & Watercolor Techniques for Beginners & Painting the Ocean

hey guys since so many of you guys have been requesting it today I will introduce you to water colors you will talk about supplies you will need different technique and we are also going to paint a whole painting putting the knowledge into practice there are tons of different methods and techniques but today we just focus on some of the basics because today is all about exploring experimenting and just having fun creating art I will also give away a whole watercolour spread to one lucky winner so be sure to watch the whole video to find out how to enter one of the first things you will need is of course watercolor paint watercolor usually comes in tubes or pens I usually use watercolor pens because I find they’re just so easy to use and great if you’re just starting out Pence’s usually come with a palette you can use to mix colors so you don’t have to get additional colors either if you need to watercolors I would recommend getting watercolors that have student quality instead of cheap supermarket watercolors if you use T paints you might get disappointed and frustrated because the paint doesn’t behave if you want and then you just get discouraged to keep painting another thing you will need is paper when you work with watercolors it’s important to use the right paper to achieve the most beautiful result you can use any watercolor pad block or loose paper with a weight greater than this number or even higher the heavier the paper the sticker the paper is the less likely the paper will curl while painting there are so different textures of paper it gives you different effect with the paint hot press cold pressed and rough paper I was recommend getting a few different types and try it out to see what you prefer I breastfeed love using watercolor blogs that have a semi rough surface then next thing you will need are brushes there are tons of different brushes that have different effects when you use them but to start off with watercolors you actually just need a few I would recommend getting a flat brush it has a straight edge this brush is great for applying water to the paper laying down large areas of even color and defining precise edges you’ll also need a run brush with a pointed tip to make lines and blow strokes and also a spin small brush with a pointed tip for details and some lines but the most important thing is to get good quality brushes that are made for watercolors and that they don’t shed into your work I personally like using synthetic brushes because they don’t lose their hair like some other brushes and it will last you for ages and you will also need two jars of water one jar is to clean your dirty brushes and the other jar for clean water for painting if you use dirty water to paint with you’ll get there you’re looking paintings so having two jars helps you keeping your colors clean bright and white burned instead of painting with muddy colors because you’re using dirty water all the time especially when you use yellow color you want your brush and your water to be clean last thing you will need tissue paper using tissue paper or paper towel is a great way to wipe off excess paint and water now let’s talk about the basic techniques you need to know there are two basic techniques wet and wet and what I’m dry bowls can also be combined the water wet technique is when you apply wet paint onto a wet surface a lot of the colors to run together in a predictable manner creating soft edges and diffusing the color so for the first technique apply a generous amount of water onto the paper and then load up your wet brush with some paint since watercolor is a water-based medium you need water to activate the paint in order to paint with them now when you apply the paint onto the wet paper the paint starts moving and floating around until it dries while the paint is still wet you can actually keep working on it and move it around using your brush to work the paint into the paper and to achieve the desired effect so although watercolors have a mind on their own you can actually read the ways working with watercolors is not only about how to use the paint but also how to use the water when you use the white on what the community paint will move to the area that is wet and the more water you use compared to the paint the light of the shade will be but when watercolor dries it usually gets lighter so be sure to use a generous amount of pins if you want the paint to look darker and saturated in the end so there are different methods to use this white and white technique you can use this method to create different effects for example you can apply some water in the shape of a heart or a circle and apply wet paint starting from the edges now you can move the paint around to create a three-dimensional effect by keeping some areas lighter to intensify the colors you can go over with more paint and distribute it the same way the wet on wet technique is also great for blending colors because as I mentioned earlier while the paint is still wet you can usually move it around and blend different colors into each other but be sure to not use too much water or the paint might run into areas you don’t want the colors to be I love the fact that with this wet on wet technique you kind of have to let go of being super precise and just let the water and the paint do its magic here I painted some flower petals the same way as I creates the heart and then applied more white paint to the center now you can just move and blend into the other color creating a nice glowy effect but you can also use this technique to create backgrounds apply some water onto the surface using a flat brush and then distribute the wet paint on top move the paint from one side to the other to create a flat wash of color to create the green effect rinse off your brush and then using a clean brush distribute the lower area that is covered with paint the same way just moving downwards now while the paint is still wet wrap some tissue paper around the flat run surface for example a pan or a coin place it onto the paper and remove it this way you lift the pins and remove it from the surface and now if you want you can add more wet paint around this pattern and let the paint run into each other to create a nice greeting effect but you can also use just some crumbled up tissue paper and dab it over the paper to remove some white paint now let’s use the wet and dry technique this time we apply wet paint onto a dry surface what a dry offers more control because the colors don’t run together the advantages here are that you can use both colors and be very precise it’s great if you want to create sharp details outlining something and just for coloring specific areas but you can also just use a wet brush on a dry surface so for this technique use acrylic brush and gently brush over the dry paint this way you activate the paint again that you can now remove by using a clean dry brush or tissue paper this lifting technique is great for subtle effects that I will show you later in more detail but also for just removing mistakes even if the paint has dried since watercolor is a rather translucent medium it’s all about layering paint this way you not only intensify colors make the painting more three-dimensional but you can also create different effects if you go back to the example I showed you for the background you can create more circles by loading up your brush with with paint now both colors will overlap and create this fun pattern revealing a new color okay these were just a few tips and tricks I wanted to share with you for now now let’s actually paint something using these techniques if you use single sheets for painting you can tape down the paper to your table using artists tape or washi tape as an alternative this way you prevent the paper from curling and buckling but since I’m using a watercolor block I just use the tips to create a frame around the painting so we don’t paint all the way to the edges usually when you paint with watercolors the rule is to paint from light to dark this way you can change in layers and create more dimension and this is what we are going to do now let’s start by applying a generous amount of water to the people using a flat brush another rule is going to use too many pigments at once or otherwise you can create just a muddy color if you don’t want so using two or three different colors will be enough in this case I’m going to make some blue and green paint together and apply them around the edges using the wet-on-wet technique you can either mix the pigments on a separate mixing palette or on the palette your water color comes with or you can mix the paint directly on the paper and use the paint free from the pen as you can see I used way too much water here that’s why I want to remove some of the water by using tissue paper now while the paper is still wet we can go over with another layer of paint but now using much less water to identify the color and make a darker this time we are going to focus on the upper left and bottom right corner on the right I’m just stabbing on the wet paint and make it run into the layer below but for the left corner I apply the paint by creating lines like that so there’s a small gap in between the lines and this is going to create the reflection in the water be sure to not use too much water or everything will just run into each other way too much I love watercolor because you cannot completely control it you just have to let go sometimes and hope for the best now let’s add another color on top starting at one corner here I’m using the green pigment straight from the pan that I loaded up on my wet brush and then I added a dark blue color right on top channel supply the colors you want to achieve a dark blue color just like the Queen now let’s add another layer of paint onto the upper corner of the same way as we did in the beginning load up your brush with some blue paint and then create lines then rinse up the brush a little bit and go over the wet areas again to create brighter lines if the area’s get too dark or you use too much water you can always use a tissue paper and remove some of the white paint and now we can go back and repeat the step using blue colored paint again but with less water as I always say creating art should be fun we are getting too caught up with making everything perfect that we just get frustrated in the end and what a colour is just a great way to let go of everything watercolor is super forgiving and even if you think you messed something up you can always go over areas again remove something add something on top or just leave it how it is and be surprised that is actually looks great as well even though you wanted to make it differently after creating another layer of dark paint on top I went over the wet brush using just a tiny amount of pigments to add another light layer in the middle of both corners well the paint is still wet you can use other I showed you in the beginning you can let some of the colors or using a tissue that is wrapped around the end of a brush or a pen and just create dots or lines or if the paint is already dry you can reactivate it with a wet clean brush and remove it with a tissue or a dry brush I chose to paint the ocean because you can really just experiment and have fun with it without using five million different colors and without creating super small details now as soon as the surface has dried completely we can use the wet on dry technique here you want to use a thin brush and pigments straight from the pan using little water to get darker shade you can get you can also add more details and create plans just by adding wavy lines since the boss is really happy with the layout of the painting I decided to darken some of the areas with a bit of blue and green color paint creating an oval shape for the step use a round brush and just apply the paint similar as we did in the upper left corner now let’s add some more detail to our painting with the lifting technique I showed you in the beginning you can now create sunrays that shine through the water on the right side for this step I’m using a tissue paper and just carefully remove the wet paint by wiping it off downwards if the paint has already dried you can reactivate it with a clean wet brush do this until the paint got brighter and then we can we add some of the water by creating thin lines on top using a light blue color this way it looks a lot more natural now to create then sunrise you can just flip your flat brush and use only the thin edge add more details if you want and let the painting dry and now we can remove the tape to reveal the complete painting if you want to learn more about watercolor techniques I have another to watercolor videos linked in description box so check them out if you’re interested to learn more technique and if you want to learn how to win the watercolor palette all you need to 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100 thoughts on “Watercolor For Beginners | Supplies & Watercolor Techniques for Beginners & Painting the Ocean

  1. I just randomly picked the winner of this giveaway! And the winner is: Professional Pug! Congratulations!! Don't worry if you haven't won! There will be more giveaways in the future! <3

  2. I love to paint potraits filled with mythological creatures, flowers, animals and etcetera. I really loved ur techniqes , they were very helpful
    Mainly for the backgrounds

  3. I love it!! Thank you sooooo much!! I was garbage at watercolors, then I watched your video and I did something!! Thank you!!

  4. I really loved the sea one I tried for the first time and it just like your I happy with my skills thanks 😇😀😀❤💛

  5. I really loved the sea one,I tried for the first time and it is just like your and I am happy with my skills and experience,my parents loved it so much

  6. I have the Winser and Newton pallet, but I don’t have any brushes other than the one that comes with the set. I found that I have to totally soak my paint pallet to get any amount of pigment. If I don’t, the paint stays too thick to paint nicely. I’m not if the problem is the paper, my technique, or the brush.

  7. I just randomly came across with your channel and totally love it!! I was looking for a hobby and this never cross my mind, but now because of your videos i will totally try it!!


  8. Thank you! You are such an inspiration! Painting has always been a good stress relief and you make it so much fun 😀 Thanks a bunch!

  9. Omg I'm trying to paint a galaxy eith really cheap paint because I dotn want to waste my expensive stuff on it (since I'm a noob and I'm still experimenting)

    I just doesnt work!! I suppose i should finalky stop being afraid to use the real thing

  10. Loved all your watercolor techniques 😊😊, I'm just a beginner, painted 2 paintings using your techniques and it's satisfying…
    Keep inspiring us 😊

  11. I for some reason cant get the came effect as you do. My paper doesnt stay wet enough no matter how much water. And plus my paper looks like it is shredding ( lack of better words). What am i doing wrong?

  12. What I like about painting the most is that you can use you imagination to create feelings and emotions or express your love for creativity.

  13. I’ve always been terrified to try watercolour painting but after watching some of your tutorials i’m converted. You are so easy to listen to and and explain all the details so well. I can’t wait to get started. Thank you.

  14. I absolutely love this!! Looked this topic up for my daughter's 4H presentation and this is very informative and easy enough for a 10 yr old to understand and grasp!! You did a fantastic job!! Thank you!

  15. I’ m very happy to know you and your channel… in this way I learn a lot of things about water colour. Thank you and I will hope that you continue…

  16. THANK U OMG my painting finally is lookinh better i keep messinh up my drawing with water color and i was trying to do a underwater watercolor and it looks good!!

  17. Your link for “SCHMINCKE Watercolors” just takes me to amazons homepage. If you’re an influencer or anything I’d love to give you credit by buying through your link if that’s a what it’s supposed to be

  18. Thanks for the video makoccino !! One point had had never thought of was the difference between Hot and Cold pressed paper. I have always worked with Yupo paper, but I will have a look at hot pressed now. I like a smooth finish on my paper so I can draw fine lines and edges better. Thanks again!

  19. Your watercolor tutorials are as brilliant as bob ross' oil paintings! i have always wanted to do something like this but feel like i am just too much of a Klutz! you have broken this down beautifully so that even someone like me feels like there is hope that i too can make somethng beautiful! i just ordered the watercolors. can't wait to begin! Thank you for sharing your gift! sincerely, raggedy fran

  20. I am just getting started with watercolor painting. This video was very helpful. Thanks! I think painting plants will be my favorite thing. I’ve been taking photos of plants/leaves/flowers to help.

  21. Thank you for the wonderful instructions. I want to start painting flowers in my garden, and this is a great help starting my new hobby.

  22. The artist is so thorough and talented!!! I learned very much as I watched this video/tutorial!!! Can’t wait to go to my drawing board! 🎨❣️

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