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Barbara Simmons: Watercolor Tips - an archive of watercolor tips and instruction on artistic principles, covering such topics as color dominance, composition editing, composition with a model, focal area, gradation, guidelines for creating a successful painting, making darks in watercolor, mixing color, negative space, positive shapes, principles & elements of design, semi-neutral or neutral colors, the design principle dominance, the light source, the tetrad, the third tetrad, warm/cool relationships, working with a large pallette selection, working with photo references and more   (Rating: 6.52 Votes: 3549)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (37)

FARP: Watercolor Technique - a brief illustrated, instructional overview of the techniques of watercolour painting, covering the supplies needed, the the wash, opaque, erasing and tinting techniques, miscellaneous hints and more   (Rating: 6.85 Votes: 2753)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (12)

handprint : watercolors - illustrated guides to a range of topics on watercolor painting, covering watercolor papers, how to test watercolor papers, how papers are made, preparing papers for painting, stretching papers, storing, mounting & framing, watercolor brushes, brush types & construction, selecting brushes, brush care & storage, other application tools, how watercolor paints are made, how to test watercolor paints, color psychology, color mixing theories, color wheels, mixing with a color wheel, tonal value, exploring a paint wheel, watercolor palette types, laying a wash, painting outdoors and more   (Rating: 6.81 Votes: 2613)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (24)

John Lovett: Painting Lessons - a collection of painting instructions, watercolour lessons, notes on design and colour and other information on techniques and materials, with specific instructions for painting hats, using compound colours,getting started with watercolours, industrial stuff, painting shadows, design elements and principles, colour theory, landscape, repetition, planning washes, painting skies, tonal contrast, painting trees, what to include, direction, texture, photography and more   (Rating: 7.03 Votes: 2608)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (15)

Peter Saw: Watercolour Tips - a collection of illustrated instructional tips and resources for watercolour painters, including a general introduction to watercolour for beginners, watercolour terminology, step by step demonstrations of a simple landscape and other nature scenes, tutorials on composition, colour & the colour wheel, colours in watercolour & colour mixing and more   (Rating: 6.90 Votes: 2741)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (40)

Rod's Watercolour Painting Demos - step-by-step illustrated lessons on specific watercolor painting subjects, including instruction on how to paint magnolias, roses, a bowl of fruit, a garden fairy and more   (Rating: 6.80 Votes: 2684)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (24)

Susie's Watercolor Tips - step-by-step photo-enhanced guides to various watercolor painting techniques, covering how to paint dew or water drops in watercolor, footprints in the sand, deciduous trees using a paper towel, sand and beach grasses, heavy snow on evergreens, white trees in the snow, how to paint texture on tree trunks with a credit card, how to test watercolor paints for transparency and staining properties, how to use watermarks to create blooms and more   (Rating: 6.77 Votes: 2523)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (30)

Watercolor & Watermedia Tips & Demos - a collection of tips and tricks for watercolour techniques, including such topics as "Creating Depth with Value Changes", "Creating White Areas", "Using Value Contrasts Effectively", "Abstracting from Nature", "Textural Effects for Watercolor", "Glazing with Watercolor", "Exploring Sedimentary Pigments", "Choosing A Palette of Colors", "Hard, Soft and Lost Edges in Watercolor", "Practicing Your Brushwork", "Making and Using Stamps" and more   (Rating: 7.43 Votes: 2572)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (5)

Watercolor and More: How Did You Paint That? - brief, illustrated instructional overviews on how specific watercolor paintings and watercolor effects were created, with instruction on how to paint a watercolor leaf, watercolor snow and more   (Rating: 6.74 Votes: 2287)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Watercolor Painting Tutorials - illustrated online watercolor painting tutorials, cover such topics as how to create interesting effects with water drops, table salt, tissue paper, plastic wrap, how to dry your watercolor paintings with blow dryer, how to use wax-based media for watercolor resist technique, how to create alcohol watercolor textures, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to paint a purple iris, white barn, tree, line of pines and more   (Rating: 6.63 Votes: 2316)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (5)

Watercolor Sketch: Art Instruction - illustrated guidesheets on watercolor painting and visual art concepts, covering such topics as colors values, how to make interesting shapes, how to use a value range, positive and negative shapes, seeing shapes rather than things, the color wheel, using clear values and shapes and more   (Rating: 6.77 Votes: 2140)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (3)

Watercolor-Online Articles and Tutorials - a collection of instructional material from a variety of authors, including "Make your Watercolors Look Professional", "The difference between "Mixing" and "Visual" complements", "How to paint Backward", "Facts about Watercolor Palettes", "Design Awareness" and more   (Rating: 7.12 Votes: 2859)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (4)




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Basic Watercolor Answer Book - A finely detailed, artistically presented, perspicuously organized and well-loved book on the basics of watercolor painting technique.

Easy Solutions : Color Mixing : How to Mix the Right Colors for the Subject Every Time : Watercolor - An instructional book devoted primarily to teaching you teach you how to mix watercolors effectively and in a whole new way, drawing on the advice of a dozen top watercolor artists.cover
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Other Useful Instructional Books, by category

Beginner's Guides
Basic Watercolor Answer Book
One-Hour Watercolorist, The
Painting Watercolors (First Steps Series)
Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Watercolors
Step-By-Step Water Color Painting: A Complete Guide to Mastering Techniques With the Alexander Brothers
Tao of Watercolor: A Revolutionary Approach to the Practice of Painting
Watercolor: A New Beginning: A Holistic Approach to Painting
Watercolor Basics: Let's Get Started (Watercolor Basics)
Watercolor Class: an Innovative Course in Transparent Watercolor
Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered: Book and Paint Set
Watercolor for the Serious Beginner
Watercolor Fun and Free
Watercolor: Pour It On!
Watercolor Right from the Start: Progressive Lessons in Seeing and Painting
Watercolor School (Reader's Digest Learn-As-You-Go Guides)
Watercolor Workbook
Watercolors in a Weekend: Pick Up a Brush and Paint Your First Picture This Weekend
You Can Paint Watercolors


General Instructional Guides
Creating Textures in Pen & Ink With Watercolor
Creative Discoveries in Watermedia
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Watercolor
How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself: Experimental Techniques for Achieving Realistic Effects
Painting Beautiful Watercolors from Photographs
Passion for Watercolor: Painting the Inner Experience
Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Realistic Watercolors
Tom Lynch's Watercolor Secrets : A Master Painter Reveals His Strategies for Success
Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused: Essential Concepts for Mastering the Medium
Watercolor Basics: Perspective Secrets (Watercolor Basics)


Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor
Developing Style in Watercolor
Master Class in Watermedia: Techniques in Traditional and Experimental Painting
No More Wishy-Washy Watercolor
Watercolor Class: an Innovative Course in Transparent Watercolor


Watercolor Technique & Textures
All About Techniques in Watercolor
Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolors
Creating Textures in Watercolor: A Guide to Painting 83 Textures from Grass to Glass to Tree Bark to Fur
Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques, The (Encyclopedia of Art Techniques)
Texture and Detail in Watercolour
Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors
Watercolor Book: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artists
Watercolor from the Heart: Techniques for Painting the Essence of Nature
Watercolor Made Easy: Techniques for Simplifying the Painting Process
Watercolorists Essential Notebook, The
Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques


Light & Light Effects
Big Brush Watercolour (David & Charles Techniques in Watercolour)
Capturing Light in Watercolor
Color and Light for the Watercolor Painter: How to Get the Effects You Want Every Time
Fill Your Watercolors With Light and Color
Light in Watercolor
Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor
Painting Spectacular Light Effects in Watercolor
Trevor Chamberlain: Light and Atmosphere in Watercolour: A Personal View
Watercolor Basics: Light


Color Mixing & Color Theory
Easy Solutions: Color Mixing: How to Mix the Right Colors for the Subject Every Time: Watercolor
Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints
Learning to Paint: Mixing Watercolors (Barron's Art Guides)
Transparent Watercolor Wheel
Watercolor Painter's Pocket Palette
Watercolorist's Complete Guide to Color
Watercolorist's Guide to Mixing Colors: How to Get the Most from Your Palette
Wilcox Guide To The Best Watercolor Paints, The


Watercolor Flowers
Basic Flower Painting Techniques in Watercolor (Basic Techniques Series)
Botanical Illustration in Watercolor
Flowers in Watercolor (How to Draw and Paint Series)
Glorious Garden Flowers in Watercolor
Painting Close-Focus Flowers in Watercolor
Painting Crystal and Flowers in Watercolor
Painting Flowers in Watercolor With Charles Reid
Painting Watercolor Florals That Glow
Watercolor Flower Painter's A to Z: An Illustrated Directory of Techniques for Painting 50 Popular Flowers


Watercolor Landscapes & Nature
Big Book of Painting Nature in Watercolor, The
Creating Watercolor Landscapes: Using Photographs
Fill Your Watercolors With Nature's Light
Natural Watercolors: Painting from Nature Made Easy
Painting Nature in Pen & Ink With Watercolor
Painting the Allure of Nature
Paint the Sea and Shoreline in Watercolors Using Special Effects
Painting the Secret World of Nature
Watercolor Basics: Painting Snow and Water (Watercolor Basics)
Watercolor Basics: Trees, Mountains and Rocks (Watercolor Basics)
Watercolor from the Heart: Techniques for Painting the Essence of Nature
Watercolor Work-Out: 50 Landscape Projects from Choosing a Scene to Painting the Picture


Watercolor Portraits & People
Basic People Painting: Techniques in Watercolor
Painting Beautiful Skin Tones With Color & Light in Oil, Pastel and Watercolor Painting People in Watercolor: A Design Approach
Painting Watercolor Portraits That Glow


Watercolor Figures
Natural Way to Paint: Rendering the Figure in Watercolor Simply and Beautifully
Painting the Unposed Figure in Watercolor
Painting the Unposed Figure in Watercolor


Miscellaneous Things in Watercolor
Painting Greeting Cards in Watercolor
Painting Houses, Cottages and Towns on Rocks
Painting Sunlit Still Lifes in Watercolor
Painting Weathered Buildings in Pen, Ink & Watercolor
Watercolor Basics Drawing and Painting Birds (Watercolor Basics)
Watercolorist's Guide to Painting Buildings


Watercolour Art Books (for inspiration!)
Awash in Color: American Watercolors in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Edward Hopper: The Watercolors
Gerhard Richter: Watercolors: 1964-1997
J.M.W. Turner, 'That Greatest of Landscape Painters: Watercolors from London Museums
Masters of Color and Light : Homer, Sargent, and the American Watercolor Movement
Paul Signac: A Collection of Watercolors and Drawings
Ross Bleckner: Watercolor
Turner: The Great Watercolours
Watercolors of John Singer Sargent>
Winslow Homer Watercolors
Watercolors of John Singer Sargent, The


The Business of Painting
How to Survive and Prosper As an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul
Art and Reality: The Standard Reference Guide and Business Plan for Actively Devloping Your Career As an Artist
Career Opportunities in Art (Career Opportunities in Art, 3rd Ed)
Careers in Art and Graphic Design




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Painting Streams, Rocks, and Trees in Watercolor - An instructional video on painting such difficult things as a fast moving mountain stream, rocks up close and in water, a mass of foliage, and logs and more in watercolors.

Painting Barns in Watercolor - An instructional video by watercolor artist Tony Couch on painting barn scenes, with simple ways to paint a foreground, the sky, the background, mountains, a stone wall, tall grass and more.cover
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Other Useful Instructional Videos:

Video Series for Beginning Watercolor Painters Complete Set Volumes 1 through 5
Easy Watercolor Techniques
Exploring Watercolor From Location to Studio
Imaging in Watercolor
Learning to Paint with Carolyn Berry: Watercolor Techniques VHS
Susan Scheewe - Watercolor Tecniquees for Everyone (1999)
Watercolor and Collage
Watercolor in Action - Responding to Nature
Watercolor- Calligraphic Technique
Watercolor- masking technique
Watercolor- painting the landscape
Watercolor- Wet in wet over entire surface
Watercolor- Wet in wet within defined areas
Watercolor Painting (1995)




Other Useful Instructional Videos from Dick Blick Art Materials :

  • Paint on China Video
  • Professional Painted Finishes Video Series
  • Art is Video Series: Watercolor Methods
  • James Kirk's Portraits in Watercolor Video Series
  • Terry Madden Videos
  • Tom Lynch Fun with Watercolor III Videos
  • Unleashing Dynamic Colors
  • Watercolor Painting with Judy Howard

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Watercolors"


  • Bob Ross Flower Painting Workshop Videos
  • Bob Ross 3-hour Workshop Video
  • Getting Started with Bob Ross Video
  • The Joy Of Painting Flowers
  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits in Oil From Photographs
  • Quinten Gregory's Professional Realism Video Series

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Oil Painting"


  • James Kirk's Portraits in Watercolor Video Series
  • Portrait of a Young Girl, Jenny
  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits in Oil From Photographs
  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits in Pastel
  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits: The Secret of Likeness
  • Quentin Gregory's Professional Realism Video Series
  • Quinten Gregory's 3-Tape Portrait Set
  • Signilar Art Professionally-Taped Painting Demonstrations

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Portraiture and People"


  • Quinten Gregory's Portraits in Pastel

** You can find the above instructional video in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Pastels"


  • Quinten Gregory's Shadows, the Secret of Light
  • Signilar Art Video ‹ Plein Air Painting with Ian Roberts
** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Light and Shadow"


  • Paint on China Video
  • Professional Painted Finishes Video Series

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Decorative and Tole Painting"


  • Quentin Gregory's Professional Realism Video Series

** You can find the above instructional video in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Painting"


  • Art is Video Series: Creating Abstract Art
  • The Art Teacher Series Videos
  • Career Day Video Series
  • Crystal Art Smart Videos
  • Crystal Video: Discovering Drawing
  • Video Art Lessons for Children with Donna Hugh

** You can find the above instructional videos in Dick Blick's "Books/Media" department under "Art Education and Instruction"



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