Watercolor Painting Ideas for Beginners | Wet in Wet Technique | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 39

Watercolor Painting Ideas for Beginners | Wet in Wet Technique | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 39

(lively music) – [Mako] Hey guys. In today’s video, I’m going to share with you
three easy watercolor painting ideas that you can use to practice some of the basic watercolor painting
techniques for beginners. And this time, we are going to practice the wet on wet technique. By the way, make sure to click on the bell and to comment below #makoficationsquad in the first 24 hours for
a chance to get a shout out and to win arts and crafts supplies in my ongoing giveaway. Now, let’s jump into the tutorial. The first thing you want to
do is dividing your paper into three sections using
either artist or Washi tape. This not only allows you to
try out different paintings while creating a beautiful
wide frame around it, but it can also help
you to overcome the fear of a blank piece of
paper by creating smaller and less overwhelming sections. For the wet on wet technique,
we need to evenly apply a thin coat of water all over the paper. Make sure you don’t add too
much water and not too little. If you see rather a dome of water, then it’s already too much,
but if you see a glossy, shiny coat, it’s the perfect amount. And now we can start. The first idea is to paint a sunset sky with a simple power line below. Load up your wet brush
with a bright yellow color and then start applying
the paint to the lower part of the paper, slightly
diagonally by changing up the thickness of
the lines while leaving out some wide areas in between. Paint them real loosely
and don’t think too much. Next, mix a purple shade. Here, I mixed a little bit
of blue and red together until I was happy with the shade. Then, repeat the steps. Apply the paint the same way as you did with the yellow color but this time, fill in the wide gaps
with the purple color. With this wet on wet
technique, you want to be quick because we don’t want to give the paper nor the paint time to dry. What happens is that the new
wet paint will automatically run into the dry area,
creating a cauliflower effect with dark edges that destroys
the evenly blended colors. Once you created the general layout, you can darken some areas
to create more depth. Mix a darker shade of purple and apply to the upper area of the painting. From here, you can go
ahead and play around with the yellow and purple colored paint. Add a little bit more of
the yellow and purple color paint to intensify the
colors but don’t overdo it. Make sure you keep a lot of
space for the yellow areas and keep them nice and
bright, or otherwise, everything will just turn
brown and we destroyed this dreamy and warm sunset effect. While the first painting is drying, we can move on to the second painting. With the wet on wet technique, you can also create
beautiful nebular paintings. Here again, you want to apply a thin coat of water onto the paper. Next, load up your wet
brush with a bright color. Here, I’m using this lime
green color and then dip it onto the paper where you want to have the brightest area in the nebular. It’s always better to
start with a lighter shade and then darken the areas as you go. This way, you have more
control over your painting. From here, we can add
more and more paint around those bright areas and let the
paint melt into each other. Don’t think too much. Just focus on the bright and dark areas and let the paint do its magic. For this painting, I used all sorts of green and blue shades, but you can use any color
combination you like. With the wet on wet technique,
it’s important to not only have the right amount
of water on the paper, but also on your brush. If you load up your
brush with too much water and it is already kind of
dripping, the water will run to the areas that are already
started to slowly dry, while creating a cauliflower
shade that I mentioned in the beginning. If you notice that the paint
started to dry already, don’t add wet paint on top. Let it completely dry instead and then go over the areas again. This way you avoid these
pesky cauliflower patterns. So it’s better to test out
how much water you need for your type watercolors
and then use this amount whenever you paint something. Intensify the colors until you are happy and then let everything completely dry. The third idea is to
paint an ocean sunset. The first step is the same. You want to apply a thin
layer of water onto the paper. Next, load up your wet brush
with the bright yellow color and start distributing it,
starting at the center. Then, blend it out towards the top area. From here, add a darker
shade of yellow or orange and blend it in as you move upwards. But since we are painting a sunset, you can also use the same
color to create a few clouds on top of the yellow colored
paint by loosely painting a few lines and let them slightly melt into the color next to it. Next, you want to load up your wet brush with blue colored paint and
then distribute it the same way, but this time starting from
the top while moving downward. From here, you can focus on
creating a few more clouds using darker shades of
blue, orange and purple the same was as in the beginning. But make sure you don’t
use too much water. If you see that the paint
starts running again, use a damp brush to
slightly soak up some paint and to blend out the rest more evenly. I also use a tissue paper and
soaked up some of the paint around the sun area right above the water. Now it’s time to add the
water to the lower part of the painting and to
intensify the sky a bit more. Here you want to use
a darker shade of blue and apply it in a streaky motion again, while leaving out some white areas. Here you can add a few
different shades of colors from the sky to make it look like the sky is reflecting in the water. Make sure you don’t
accidentally paint into the sky when you paint the water though. Rather, keep a thin line
in between so you can add the proper horizon later. The reason why I chose these
three paintings is because they are great exercises
to practice how much paint and how much water you
need when it comes to using the wet on wet technique. It’s important to experiment
and see what works best for your type of paper and paint. Add more and more clouds
and reflections to the water until you’re happy and then
let everything completely dry. When everything is completely dry, we can go back and add all
the details that will make the paintings really come together. For the first painting, you
can now use a darker shade of color and loosely paint the silhouette of trees and hills. By the way, I actually never
use black colored paint. If I want to use a really dark color, I simply mix all sorts
of dark colors together. Let the paint dry and
then you could go ahead and draw the power line
using a thin fine liner. To create the power line,
draw a thick line vertically and then a small horizontal line to make it look like a cross. From here, add four small
squares along the horizontal line and a few wires connected
to them below it. Now you can use these
squares as a guideline to add the rest of the wires. Let’s start at one side,
connect to the power line and then disappear to the
right side of the painting. There are different ways
to draw those power lines so we can of course use
some reference pictures on the internet to find
something you prefer. And this is how it looks now. Let’s move on to the nebular painting. Since I didn’t have my
acrylic paint with me, I used my beloved white ink
pen to create small white stars all over the painting. I change up the size of the
dots and also added some shapes that look more like stars. But if you have acrylic paint, simply mix it with a little bit of water. Load up your brush with
the paint and then sprinkle it over the painting. Just make sure you cover
the rest of the paintings if you paint all three
at the same time as well. One simple hack you can use
when you add the details with the white ink pen, you can actually use a brush and blend out the ink a little bit. This way you can not only
add crisp, white details, but also create soft and faded effects. Lastly, let’s add some more
details to the third painting. Here you can add the silhouettes of hills along the horizon using
a darker shade of color the same way as we did
in the first painting. Since the paint is now completely dry, you can also use the same
color to add more shadows on top of the water to create more depth. If you want, you can also add a small boat to the painting to make it
look more interesting and calm. To add even more details, you can also use either
white acrylic paint or a white ink pen to add
a few water reflections and small white clouds
below the darker areas to make everything look
more three dimensional. With everything dry, remove
the tape and you’re done. A huge shout out to Zareen. Thank you so much for watching my videos and for all your support. If you enjoy this video
or find it helpful, make sure to give this
video a thumbs up to support this channel and for ore painting ideas, check out the videos right here. Thank you so much for watching guys. Have a wonderful day
and we’ll see you soon. Bye!

100 thoughts on “Watercolor Painting Ideas for Beginners | Wet in Wet Technique | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 39

  1. Hey guys! I just realized I linked the wrong paint in my description box! If you are wondering what paint I have used in this video, it's the Cotman set by Winsor & Newton and the watercolor set by Schmincke!

  2. U gave me a lot of advice the so much my mother just got me water color paper so I had to watch ur videos so I can learn how to use watercolor u are so amazing and Tysm!!!!

  3. I really enjoy your tutorials. I have never painted before, so I am doing my research. I will attempt painting tomorrow. Bought some cheap paint to begin with. Wish me luck.

  4. Honestly, I tried so hard yet I'm so disappointed. But, I am going to recreate this EVERY DAY until I'm happy with it…it's going to be a long way to go. But, If this is good for "beginners" then I seriously need to improve my work. I have so much of the unsettling "cauliflower." It's frustrating, but I got this!

  5. Thank you so much for this tutorial, I'm absolutely in love with the results 🥺
    The hardest is really to control the amount of water you're using, but practicing with these pictures helps 💕
    A quick question though… Does the quality of the paper determine how fast the water is sucked up? Because I feel mine does it faster than yours…

  6. Just looked at these water colours 89.99 for a 46 half pan and I got them on offer for 35.99 + postage which is like a pound 😵 feeling like a lucky girl!

  7. Thank u some much for such a beautiful painting n practice I follow most of Ur paintings n try them..I wish to show them to u..

  8. In some of your videos you use water first and then paint but others you directly use paint . Do you have to use water first or directly use paint

  9. why were you talking so fast like you had something else to do and you were trying to get through in a hurry? You went so fast that at the end you did not even let us barely see how the paintings looked once you took the tape off. I just felt like you were talking 90 miles per hour, trying to get finished and get it over with, it made it not very enjoyable. I have always enjoyed your videos, so this was just disappointing.

  10. I tried the third technique for my performance in Arts, and I have the 2nd highest grade! Thank you for the tutorial! 💕

    I'm from Philippines by the way

  11. I love ur videos sooooo much.They are so much easy. Everyone nowadays calls me an artist and the credit goes to u..

  12. This is❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    I saved this so when i m in a mood to paint something in future i try this for sure…😀

  13. ok, HOWWWWW are you able to paint before the paper dries?????? i soak the hell out of my paper and it's bone dry within 30-40 seconds…. it's Spectrum Noir Premium Watercolor Pad… please help me lol

  14. I like the video for someone slightly beyond beginner. I kind of needed to focus on one painting at a time as the speed at which you go makes it hard to focus on the general details. The skills in this are great to learn and the idea is great but not beginner enough for learning through imitation. At least for me.

  15. I'm not that good in coloring (crayons, color pencils, and oil pastels). Like, I really suck at it and makes my work uglier; but, I am a bit good in sketching. I wonder if this channel is the best for me to improve my coloring skills (btw, I'm learning how to use watercolour). Should I subscribe?

  16. just bought some watercolor paints because recently i’ve been wanting to paint looks like a lot of fun. thanks for this video

  17. I am so happy to learn wet on wet can be done with watercolors. I haven't painted in how long? It shows too. Thanks !

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