Beginner Watercolor Painting

Harness the exciting and ever-changing medium of watercolor. Learn how to watercolor paint with these eResources on beginning watercolor techniques, with instruction from top instructors, step-by-step guides, and more.

Beginner Watercolor Art: All About the Paints

Your Successful Painting Starts Here Selecting a palette of colors often means limiting the choices, making studies, and experimenting along the way. One of the keys to successful beginner watercolor art is to choose a workable set of colors. Delve into what your palette can be and then start experimenting. Success is a guarantee–because your…

Beginners: Back to Watercolor Basics

Connecticut artist John Falato primarily paints in oil, but he also enjoys introducing students to the nuts and bolts of watercolor in his exciting, fast-paced beginner classes. August Road1983, watercolor, 21 1⁄8 x 16. All artwork this article private collection unless otherwise indicated. by John A. Parks John Falato is a painter of breathtaking range…

Beginners: Watercolor Pigments

With the wide range of watercolors available, it is important to know the different formulations to create a palette that best suits your needs. Each side of the table above lists 4 common transparent and opaque pigments. by Naomi Ekperigin Watercolor paints are those that use water-soluble, complex carbohydrates as a binder. Made of organic…

Beginners: Watercolor Masters

As one studies a new medium, it can be useful to learn about the process of masters that came before in order to gain inspiration and insight into tackling various techniques. Here we focus on the great watercolorists of the past. Mink Pondby Winslow Homer, 1891, watercolor over graphite on heavy white wove paper, 13?…

Beginners: An Introduction to Color Theory

In the early 20th century, Johannes Itten’s theories on color changed the way artists and scientists viewed the spectrum of colors in the world around them. Here, we outline some of Itten’s basic tenets—many of which are still employed by artists today. by Naomi Ekperigin Itten's original color wheel. Swiss painter and teacher Johannes Itten…

Beginners: The Basics of Watercolor Paints Part I

Knowing how watercolor paints are classified, and how the colors appear on paper and differ among manufacturers, is the critical first step for any watercolor artist. Here’s what you need to know. by Christopher Willard When it comes to watercolor paints and her students, New Jersey-based artist and teacher Peggy Dressel has seen it all.…

Beginners: Watercolor Materials, the Basics

Watercolor Watercolor pigment is sold in cakes, tubes, and pencils. The binding agent for the pigment is usually gum arabic. Many artists prefer watercolor colors in tubes because they allow more-fluid application and increased control over color intensity, but pans create less mess and boast superior portability. Watercolor pencils permit an artist to draw one…