Basic Watercolor Techniques

I want to share a few basic watercolor techniques that I love to teach in my workshops. Even though we won’t necessarily be using all of them to create our delicious paintings, I want to give you a brief introduction and have you experiment and play with these techniques and explore the wonderful world of watercolors.


The wet-on-wet technique is one of the main and most common watercolor techniques. It means that we take a brush loaded with clear water and apply it to an area of the paper. Then, while that area is still wet, we drop in colors. This technique creates what you would refer to as a quintessential watercolor look. The water on the paper allows the colors to flow, mix, and spread within the wet ...

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