Watercolor Basics Series

watercolor lessons, watercolor classes, watercolor instruction, watercolor art

Love watercolor?  Always wanted to learn, or maybe you want to hone your skills?  Then you're in the right place!

My Watercolor Basics series is designed to get you painting!  From papers to the finished product, I'll take you through every step of the watercolor process, help you select the materials that are right for your art, and show you my best tips and tricks.  A combination of blog posts and videos should accommodate most learning styles, but if there's something that would help you learn better, feel free to write in using the contact form in the sidebar!

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Blog Posts:

Introduction
Why Watercolor
Watercolor Terms You Should Know
The Difference Between Watercolor for Illustration, Watercolor for Fine Art
The Great Brush Off
Materials You'll Need to Get Started
All About That Paper
Pick a Palette- Selecting Paints for your Needs
Assembling (Or Cleaning) Your Pan Palette
Selecting a Paper for Your Comics
It's Important to Stretch (Your Watercolor Paper)
Practicing from Studies: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/03/practicing-from-studies-watercolor.html
Loose Watercolor Studies: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/03/loose-watercolor-studies-watercolor.html
Tips for Watercolor Comics: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/10/tips-for-watercolor-comics-watercolor.html
An Introduction to Working in Batch: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/09/an-introduction-to-working-in-batch.html
Working In Batch: Securing Your Paper: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/02/watercolor-basics-working-in-batch_12.html
Glazing Techniques: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/01/watercolor-basics-step-by-step-glazing.html

Comic Specific:
Printing Your Bluelines: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2018/01/printing-your-bluelines-watercolor.html
Penciling Your Pages: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/08/penciling-your-pages-watercolor-basics.html


Techniques
Top Techniques for Watercolor
My Favorite Watercolor Techniques: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xREp2gm2lAg&index=26&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Watercolor Basics: Step by Step: Glazes
Easy Blends and Fades
Watercolor Swatching Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8L0GqEEi0g&t=25s
Mapping Your New Palette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPYiOIBU6ws&t=1s
How I Select Paints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn8DdMXl1fw
Basic Flat Wash Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP-SsVRrUOo&t=9s
Graduated Wash (Two Ways) Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygJr41s5FkY&t=2s
Multi Color Graduated Wash Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R-_dF1HiUw&t=29s
Toning Panels Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYGO0bhO46I&t=25s
Watercolor Sky Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f36lSOmt_oc&t=1s
Painting a Sunset- Watercolor Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKmYKUux1eA&t=28s
Winsor and Newton Masking Fluid+ Qor Watercolor Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NyyqkXNtYw&index=61&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Wax Resist Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hinbb2hYPTo&index=64&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR


Watercolors in Practice:

Practicing from Studies
Loose Watercolor Studies
One Layer Watercolor
Alternate Sketching Techniques
Painting Brilliant Foliage
Pushing Through the Ugly

Process:
Ink Drop Cafe Promotional Watercolor

Step by Step Tutorials

Planning Your Watercolor Illustration
Penciling
Stretching Tutorial
Washes
Blocking In
Rendering
Adding Shadows
Adding Details

Working in Batch:
How to Tear Large Sheets
Securing Your Paper

Watercolor Comics
Turning Your Sketches and Lineart into Printable Bluelines: Watercolor Basics
Printing Your Bluelines: Watercolor Basics
Penciling Your Pages: Watercolor Basics

Reviews:
Strathmore Visual Journal (Watercolor Paper)\
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper Review:  Bee Paper Watercolor Art Journal: Watercolor Basics
Guest Post:  Heidi Black: Watercolor Paper Overview
Paper Review: Canson Montval Artboard: Watercolor Basics
Paper Review:  Cottonwood Arts Laminated Coldpress Sheets: Watercolor Basics
Paper Review: Winsor and Newton Watercolor Paper Review: Watercolor Basics
Paper Review: Bockingford Watercolor Paper: Watercolor Basics
Ecoline Markers and Liquid Watercolors- Review and Tutorial
Union Square Cold Press Watercolor Paper

Material Guides:
Watercolor Gift Guide for Young Artists Ages 9-13: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/11/watercolor-gift-guide-for-young-artists.html
Watercolor Artist Gift Guide: Beginner: https://nattosoup.blogspot.com/2017/12/watercolor-artist-gift-guide-beginner.html



YouTube Videos:

Comics:
Watercolor Comic Painting: 7" Kara Chapter 6
Watercolor Painting on the Floor
Painting Pages- Working on A Double Page Comic Spread:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVPiiP_wcDM&index=9&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Watercolor Painting on the Floor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtQwoPRsRYI&index=57&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR

Panels: 
Introduction to Watercolor- 2014 Mechacon Panel
MTAC 2015 Intro to Watercolor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BmPbK2MSa4&index=53&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR

Tips, Tricks, Techniques: 
Selecting Brushes for Watercoloring Comics
Prepping New Watercolor Brushes for First Use
Cutting Gator Board for Painting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKigxYBYPlk&index=59&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Winsor and Newton Masking Fluid+ Qor Watercolor Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NyyqkXNtYw&index=61&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Wax Resist Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hinbb2hYPTo&index=64&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
My Travel Watercolor Kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXXK3jhQcN8&index=69&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Removing Watercolor from a Block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INZn8l-MEzI&index=85&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Making A Dot Sheet with Radiant Watercolors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtc-EPQZUII&index=109&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Watercolor Palette Hack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rvsM_KQ7dE&index=113&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR


Opaque Watercolor Demo Livestream
Watercolor Marker Workshop
My Travel Watercolor Kit
Winsor and Newton Masking Fluid+ Qor Watercolor Demonstration
Wax Resist Tutorial
Brusho Background Mini Tutorial
Crayola Resist Hack
My Favorite Watercolor Techniques
Perfecting a Travel Watercolor Palette

Challenges:
Can You Paint with Fountain Pen Ink?!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yZ4Sk3L06o&index=16&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Six Color Challenge- Daniel Smith Essential 6 Mixing Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-gxLUExnCY&index=114&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Cotman Field Plus Travel Watercolor Palette Field Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWsdI--4S7g&index=112&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Blast From The Past: Art Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgELN-6w-kA&index=118&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR


Tutorials: 
Detailed Chibi Kara Tutorial
A Valentine to YouTube
SketchBox July 2016 Challenge
ArtSnacks July 2016 Challenge
Delightful Cosplay Couple Commission Start to Finish
Over the Garden Wall Watercolor Tutorial
Yuri On Ice Watercolor Demonstration Victor and Yuri
Alternative Sketching Methods Watercolor Basics 
Watercolor Commission for Kabocha
Elf Girl Watercolor Tutorial
Axolotl Illustration Tutorial with Zig Clean Color Real Brush

Overviews:
Watercolor Marker Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jFH6C2wOfE&index=111&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR


Reviews with Field Tests:
Reviews: Strathmore Artist Cards Review
Ecoline Watercolor Markers and Liquid Watercolor Review
Succulents Step by Step with Ecoline
Spectrum Aqua Review
Prima Marketing-Watercolor Confections: The Classics Unbox and Swatch
Prima Watercolor Confections: The Classics Field Test
Prima Marketing Tropicals Field Test
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections-Tropicals Swatch and Review
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections Tropicals Unbox and Swatch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZbklGXs9as&index=45&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Prima Marketing Tropicals Field Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwDuhgc8QzY&index=43&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Mermaid Markers Unbox and Swatch
Mermaid Markers Field Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBL4I1cQddE&index=19&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hABy2Bx7Q1M&index=89&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Cotman Field Plus Travel Watercolor Palette Field Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWsdI--4S7g&index=112&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Six Color Challenge- Daniel Smith Essential 6 Mixing Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-gxLUExnCY&index=114&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR

Reviews and Swatching: 
Artist Loft Watercolor Set Field Test
Hydrus Watercolors Overview and Swatching
Daler Rowney Simply Watercolors Unbox and Swatch
Lyra Aquacolor Watercolor Crayons Unbox and Swatch
PH Martin's Concentrated Radiant Watercolor
Jerry Q Watercolor Set Unbox and Swatch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqRn_P39h6U&index=7&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Artist Loft Pearlescent Watercolors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxYpYpLY_FQ&index=14&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Tiger Watercolor Set Swatch Test
Fluid Hot Press Watercolor Paper Demonstration
Jerry Q Watercolor Set Swatch Test
Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Set Mini Review
Swatching Grumbacher Opaque Watercolors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qSSLG5x4Pw&index=91&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Jane Davenport Set Brights Palette Unbox and Swatch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAYM8foYM6c&index=115&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR



Step by Step Video Tutorials:

Watercolor Playlist
Watercolor Resources Playlist (outside content)
Succulents Step by Step By Ecoline
Awfully Faun'd of You
P1
P2
Elf Girl Watercolor Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnkxEVcKHXU&index=46&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR

Start to Finish:
Tutorials:
Swinging From the Branches: Inking My 2017 Christmas Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DEYXt7AgQo&index=13&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Swinging from the Branches: Painting my 2017 Christmas Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DEYXt7AgQo&index=13&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Commission for Kabocha: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb04vHFqKyc&index=41&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Over the Garden Wall Watercolor Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2rieHeNODA&index=62&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Draw with Me- Winter Satsumas in Zig Clean Color Real Brush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILBJIgd0oD8&index=88&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR

Watercolor Timelapse Videos:

Holiday Greenery Watercolor Timelapse
Watercolor Blue Flower Timelapse
Microfashion Watercolor Timelapse
Adorable Dog Watercolor Commission
Watercolor with Sailor Storia Magic
Rose Red Pigments of My Imagination
Purple Flowers Watercolor Timelapse
Etegami Watercolor Painting Timelapse
Orange Watercolor Flower Timelapse
7 Inch Kara Webcomic Announcement Timelapse
Lime Brusho
Mixed Berry Timelapse
Lush Succulent Watercolor Painting Timelapse
Watercoloring Wild Hydrangea Timelapse
Sweet Gumball Timelapse
Tali Watercolor Timelapse
In the Tall Grass Timelapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuIzhyyrNhg&t=2s
Plein Air Painting Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-tVbgckGWY
Kara Colorburst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuB9xvC-YR4&index=8&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Meet the Artist Timelapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=EYhqBqf9tCw&index=17&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Artist Loft Watercolor Mushrooms Timelapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io55JhDd9Uk&index=18&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Yuri on Ice Watercolor Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAZQIZtLYT8&index=63&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Tali Watercolor Timelapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7b5G5hGw4k&index=68&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Delightful Cosplay Couple Chibi Commission Start to Finish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7SgUMRG_7c&index=98&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR
Adorable Dog Watercolor Commission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYDh4uUX_7A&index=100&list=PL_pXBtCqjKy_9E3RDzFgM2aotlNyUN8iR


Additional Content:

Gizmo Grandma Completed Illustrations
Watercolor Resource Link List
Alcohol-based, Waterbased, Watercolor- A Quick Overview
Simple v Original Watercolor Commissions
January 2016 Watercolor Studies
Nov-January Misc Color Illustrations