Monday, January 14, 2013

Watercolor Resource Link List

Watercolor Resources

We're pretty fortunate to live during a time when a basic art education can be attained free of cost, if you just know where to look.  Even if you aren't familiar with basic art resource sites and forums, a basic Google search can yield fantastic results.  For some, a blog full of text and photos may not be enough to really get a handle on new, unfamiliar techniques.  Fortunately, sites like Youtube and Vimeo can fill that gap, providing hours of video art education free of cost.  An art education need not remain an unattainable goal.

I've spent quite a few hours on Youtube watching videos about watercoloring, from supplies to techniques.  I thought I'd share those links here, hopefully you may find them as useful as I did.  If you have any useful watercolor links to share, please leave me a comment.

Watercolor Basics:

Watercolor Brushes and Paints

How to Select Watercolor Brushes

Watercolor Supplies: Paper and Brushes

Watercolor Supplies: Pigments

Watercolor Supplies: Misc

Which Brush to Choose: Natural or Synthetic?


More on Waterbrushes

Use of Color in Watercolor Painting

Color Mixing Tips and Techniques 

Stretching Watercolor Paper (without tape)

Cutting Your Watercolor Paper

Excellent advice on getting set up

Another excellent video about getting started with watercolors

Selecting an 8 color palette

Artist vs. Student Quality Paints (Mostly about acrylics, but much of this is also true for watercolors):

Palette and brush care


Watercolor techniques for beginners part 1

Watercolor Techniques for Beginners Part 2

Watercolor Techniques For Beginners Part 3

Watercolor Techniques for Beginners Part 4

Painting a watercolor Sky

Watercolor for Beginners

Big Brush watercolor: Ron Ranson

Watercolor Palettes and Tips

Making your own travel palette

Altoids Paint Set

Watercolor Demo- "Poppies"

Annemarie Bourke, Watercolor Painting Part 1

Annemarie Bourke, Watercolor Painting, Part 2
I love how she handles the tree in the background

An introduction to a pouring watercolor technique

Another application of the poured watercolor technique

Watercolor in Motion

Watercolors with Tom Jones (a web series)

Videos Demonstrating Materials:


Arches watercolor paper

Blick Studio Watercolor Pads

Langton Prestige Watercolor Paper

Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper

Western Brushes Versus Eastern Brushes

Blick Studio Multimedia Paper

Strathmore Pads: Good, Better, Best

Watercolor Paints:

Sennelier Extra-Fine Watercolors

Winsor Newton Watercolors
Talks about tube vs. pan

Daler Rowney Artist's Watercolors

Van Gogh Watercolors

Winsor & Newton Watercolor Box Set

SoHo Urban Artist Watercolors

Blick Brand Paints

Daler Rowney Designer's Gouache


Blick brand brushes

Rhapsody Kolinsky Watercolor Brushes

Arches Kolinsky Sable Watercolor Brushes, Daniel Smith Watercolors

Cheap Joe's Golden Fleece Brushes

Da Vinci Brushes

Escoda Artists' Brushes

Robert Simmons Brushes


Da Vinci Brush Factory Tour

Some inspiration for you: