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New week, new hobby! Learn to Paint with Watercolours in 4 easy steps 🎨

March 30, 2015


I read online how painting can reduce stress and that you don’t necessarily have to be born with the ability or talent to be able to do it.

The article explained how most people believe that you are either born with talent, or not, and there’s nothing you can do about it. It continues to explain that this isn’t quite true, as the desire to create, along with proper instruction, can take a person of modest talent a long way towards creating art.

I totally agree. Although there may be an element of talent involved with painting, I think you can’t truly know about this talent unless you try to find it.

I am lucky enough to be related to a very good artist. My sister-in-law has been painting for many years now and has created some beautiful pieces which she successfully sells on Etsy. Have a look at her beautiful artwork-

Looking at her artwork your first reaction may be, “Wow, I couldn’t do that! I can’t draw!” But what she has put together here is a step by step, easy to follow Watercolour Masterclass which any beginner can easily use.

Firstly, here is a list of what you will need to paint – (These were purchased from

– A pad of Watercolour painting paper – (Fabriano Rough Watercolour Paper)


– A selection of real Horse hair brushes ( has a good selection) 

– Watercolour Paints – (Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours sold in a huge range of colours)


– Plastic palette – to mix your paints together. 


– A sharp pencil

– Glass of water

Here is the step by step guide to creating your own masterpiece. The technique used here by the artist is called ‘wet on dry.’

1. Firstly draw an outline of the image you plan to paint with a sharp pencil on a piece of the special Watercolour paper. Here the artist has drawn a leaf. If you don’t trust your freehand drawing skills why not get a clean leaf from your garden or park and carefully draw around it. Would be great fun for the kids too!


2. By blending the colours you wish to use, you first paint the base colour of the leaf. By using water on the wet paint you can push the colours over the image with your brush to create the veins of the leaf. This method allows us to paint the base colour and make the veins of the leaf appear lifelike. A leaf is textured with veins and ridges, by using the loosen technique, spreading the paint with water, you can achieve this.


3. After the whole leaf image has been painted, allow it to dry completely.


4. Now with darker shades of the colour we have chosen to paint the leaf, we can create a shadow effect from the outer lines of the leaf. Then work on the inner veins. This technique will give your painting a 3-dimensional effect.



Top tips from our artist-

– Start simple! Choose basic images to draw. Then move into more complex images and shapes as you develop.

– Mix paints to create a whole range of colours.

–  With watercolour paint, a colour will always look more intense (stronger and darker) when it is wet. A colour will always be lighter and paler when dry.

– It’s something you get a feel for through practice and experience. If your paintings look watery make the colours more intense by using more paint and less water, or painting another layer of a colour over the first.

– If you feel something is not right with your painting don’t overwork it, or scrub it, this will damage the paper. Its best to leave it to dry and then try to add to it later on.

You will never know if you can or you can’t until you try!

Enjoy! xxx

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