Watercolour for beginners

Watercolour advice and guides for beginners

If you’re new to watercolour painting, this part of the website is for you! I’ve broken this advice down into key sections to cover all the basics you need to know to get started with watercolour painting.

Watercolour supplies

Get the best start with watercolour painting by finding the right supplies! Choosing the best watercolour paint, paper and brushes can make a big difference to your work and get you off to the best start.

Yet choosing supplies is often paralysing for beginners. The sheer range of options available is overwhelming, and you feel like you have so much to learn. How can you choose?

These guides will cover all the basics you need to know to find the right watercolour supplies. And to make it easier, I’ve recommended my favourite supplies for beginners if you want to find budget-friendly starter sets.

Watercolour basics

Learn the basics of watercolour and how to get started with these guides. Get past any overwhelm and focus on just getting to know your supplies and having fun. You don’t need to be creating masterpieces at this time, just playing around and learning how watercolour all works!

Watercolour techniques

Once you’ve got your supplies, it’s time to practice watercolour techniques! Watercolour is such a unique medium and many of the effects are magical but they can seem confusing for beginners. The trick is to understand that the water is key – how much water you use and whether your previous layers are wet or dry makes a huge difference. Read more advice and tips on the most common effects and try out projects to test your skills.

Watercolour painting ideas

Got all your gear but still not sure what to paint? Try these easy, exciting watercolour ideas and fill your sketchbook with doodles, illustrations, observations and beautiful works of art!

Building a creative practice

Ready to start creating more consistently, or turn your art hobby into a business? These guides will help you find clear inspiration and understand your style to grow a creative practice.

Download my free watercolour supply guide

Feeling overwhelmed and confused by watercolour paints, papers and brushes? Download my free guide filled with insider info, including a list of good supplies for every budget, and my complete supply list!