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

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

– [Instructor] Hey guys. Since so many of you guys
have been requesting it, today, I will introduce
you to watercolors. We will talk about supplies you will need, different techniques 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 watercolor set 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 pans. I usually use watercolor pans because I find they’re just so easy to use and great if you’re just starting out. Pans has usually come with a palette you can use to mix colors so you don’t have to get
additional palletes either. If you need your watercolors, I would recommend getting watercolors that have student’s quality instead of cheap supermarket watercolors. If you use cheap paints, you might get disappointed and frustrated because the paint doesn’t
behave as 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
pads, 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 that it gives you different
effect with the paint. Hot press, cold press and rough paper. I would recommend getting
a few different types and try it out to see what you prefer. I personally love using watercolor blocks 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 that 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 round
brush with a pointed tip to make lines and brow strokes and also a thin small
brush with a pointed tip for detailed and thin 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 vibrant 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. Lastly, 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 on wet and wet on dry. Both can also be combined. The wet on wet technique is when you apply wet
paint onto a wet surface, allowing the colors to run together in an unpredictable
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 lead the way. Working with watercolors is not only about how to use the paint but also how to use the water. When you use the wet on wet technique, the paint will move to
the area that is wet and the more water you
use compared to the paint, the lighter the shade will be. But when watercolor dries,
it usually gets lighter so be sure to use a
generous amount of paint if you want the paint to look darker and saturated in the end. So there are different methods to use this wet on wet 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 easily 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 created the heart and then applied more
wet paint to the center. Now, it 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 gradient
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 a flat, round 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 gradient effect. But you can also use just
some crumbled up tissue paper and dab it over the paper
to remove some wet paint. Now let’s use the wet on dry technique. This time, we apply wet
paint onto a dry surface. Wet on 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 a clean wet 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 wet 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 tape 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 not to use
too many pigments at once or otherwise you can
create just a muddy color 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 straight from the pan. 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 intensify the color and make it 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 to intensify the colors. We want to achieve a dark blue
color that is lightly green. Now, let’s add another layer
of paint onto the upper corner 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 watercolor 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 it
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. While the paint is still wet, you can use other techniques
I showed you in the beginning. You can lift 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 the darker shade you can get. You can also add more
details and create a plants just by adding wavy lines. Since I wasn’t 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 this step, I use a round brush and just apply the paint similar as we did in the upper left corner. Now, let’s add some more
details 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
re-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 thin sunrays, 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 two watercolor videos linked in description box, so check them out if you’re interested to learn more techniques. And if you want to learn how
to win the watercolor palette, all you need to do is like this
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100 thoughts on “Watercolor For Beginners | Supplies & Watercolor Techniques for Beginners & Painting the Ocean”

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  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!!

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  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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