How to Watercolor Series: Introduction

How to Watercolor

Welcome to my How to Watercolor Series!  

I've had a few requests to write some posts and tutorials on how to watercolor and I'm excited to share more about my passion with you!

I've been painting with watercolors for about four years now and I love it more all the time..... and I still have lots to learn.  Watercolors are versatile as well as unpredictable, but that's what makes them fun.  You don't always have full control over what's going to happen when you put that paint on paper, but you with some practice and some knowledge about different techniques you can gain more control..... and create some pretty cool art!

So, in this series you'll  learn about:

 the materials and supplies you need to start painting with watercolor,
Watercolor Materials and Supplies

different techniques for creating washes and textures as well as mixing colors,
watercolor textures washes and color mixing

And finally, how to actually paint a still life!
watercolor still life pear

I hope you are excited!  This series has been months in the making and I can't wait to get it out to you!


  1. Oh fun! I hope to follow along with my 14 year old daughter.

  2. thank you for creating/hosting a fun series. what a great way to start 2014! i can't wait to follow.

  3. Can't wait, your watercolors are lovely

  4. how fabulous! I was just saying that I'd like to know how to use watercolours properly!

    Count me in...

    Happy New Year Elise!

  5. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Thanks for sharing your talents. I am a regular admirer of your watercolor art AND your photography. Any plans of starting a photography tutorial as well?

  7. This is amazing...thanks for sharing and I can't wait to read your posts ! :)

  8. I'm very excited for your series! Do you ever use a Silhoutte Portrait/Cameo to do your drawing? I'm not an artist, so I'm hoping to use mine to "cheat" and would love some tips. Also, I've been using Kid Made Modern watercolor paper from Target (my kids'!) and I find it great for practicing...

  9. Visiting from Craft Gossip and your pattern for the scarf.
    This water-colouring series is just what I have been looking for. Some of the tuts are so 'artist' speak it puts me off. You are clear and basic which is what I need, thank you so much.
    Looking forward to following through

  10. Elsie
    I just want to let you know what a beautiful and informative blog you have. I know it is not an easy task. I love stopping by to see what is next! Thank you for all your work.


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