21 Watercolor Techniques Every Beginner Should Know

In the following 4-part video Lorraine Watry demonstrates 21 watercolor painting techniques that, in my opinion, every beginner should know. When starting you'll probably not be applying them all but it's good to at least be aware of them.

Part 1

Watercolor techniques covered in part 1:

  • Solid wash
  • Graded wash
  • Wet on wet
  • Drop color on wet color
  • Dry brush

Part 2

Watercolor techniques covered in part 2:

  • Scumbling
  • Pushing out pigment
  • Wipe out with brush and paper towel
  • Detail painting
  • Masking with fluid and tape
  • Hard and soft edges
  • Scratching wet/dry

Part 3

Watercolor techniques covered in part 3:

  • Magic eraser
  • Salt
  • Water splatter/blooms
  • Sand paper and watercolor pencil
  • Sponge
  • Opaque vs. transparent paints

Part 4

Watercolor techniques covered in part 4:

  • Masking with fluid and tape
  • Glazing
  • Negative painting
  • Lift or feather out