Thursday, March 2, 2017

24 Must-Try Watercolor Techniques

 24 Must-Try Watercolor TechniquesTechniques and Tips for Watercolors

When it comes to watercolor painting, these are the tricks that draw the ooh's and aah's every time.  Watercolor as a medium seems like such a challenge because it seems unpredictable at first glance.  It's so important to learn what to expect from the pigment when it meets water.

When learning watercolor basics, these will help form a better foundation in painting with more enjoyment.  The frustration is lessened because you have a better idea of how the pigment is going to respond to what you do.

There are many helpful videos on YouTube that are great resources shared by other artists.  Do a quick search on YouTube and you'll have a great time watching artists demonstrate these techniques.

When teaching these techniques in a workshop, I bring out these posters and copies of the instructions as handouts for students.  I'm sharing those handouts with all of you, here and now!  This post has been a long time in the planning stages and I'm so thrilled to have it finally ready to share with other watercolor enthusiasts.

So, I have a bit of confessing to do first.  Have you seen my pins on Pinterest for these techniques?  Years ago, when I was new to Pinterest, I created pins for the images of these posters.  At the time, I didn't realize how popular these posters would become with time.  Now, these pins are my most commonly saved pins!  Unfortunately, they lack any explanation.  The pins lead nowhere but to the images.  Lesson learned, believe me!  I can't tell you how much I regret that mistake!  It's taken me a while but now I'm glad to share the posters and the tips that help explain each one. 

If there's a technique you'd like me to elaborate on more, please let me know in the comments.  I'd be more than happy to help you with that!

When it comes to watercolor painting, these are the tricks that draw the ooh's and aah's every time.

Watercolor Techniques Pages 1 and 2

Created by Christy Sheeler.  For personal use only.  Request permission to reproduce.

Created by Christy Sheeler.  For personal use only.  Request permission to reproduce.

Tips & Explanations for Watercolor Techniques

I know the text on the tips sheets may be hard to read so here's a link to a PDF file:

I hope you are able to try these techniques on your own!  These make up a watercolor artist's tool box for creating unusual effects.  There are several I use often.  There are 4 or 5 I rarely use but at times, these techniques are useful.  It all depends on the style and subject matter.  It's a good idea to become familiar with them, try them out with a bit of practice before applying them to an artwork you are working on.

Leave me a note in the comments!  Let me know if you've got questions and I'd be very happy to explain any of these further.  Thank you for stopping by and sharing a few minutes here today!

-She must make art.


  1. Thanks, Christy! Great information for a newbie like me. OrangeGAL

    1. OrangeGAL, you are very welcome! I have had so much enjoyment in sharing these ideas with other watercolorists. It's a real treat to connect in this way. Thanks for hanging out here and stop back soon! I'll be back on regularly by fall 2017!

  2. Thank you so much! I love watercolor but have not been able to experiment with it much...too busy with kids and life! I am an empty nester now and plan to start watercoloring as much as possible! Your tips and examples, I'm sure, will save me from much frustration!!! Thank you for taking the time to share with us!

    1. Shelly, I can really relate with how kids and life can make it a challenge to pull out the art supplies! I've been away for many months now but really miss my watercolors. I know this is just a season and I'll be back as life allows. It's encouraging to hear others like yourself are making the move to creative time now. These have been a big hit in watercolor workshops; I think it's a grown up's way of playing again. You're so welcome! Enjoy the time spent with those watercolors!