Lorraine Watry is a successful watercolor artist based in Colorado, USA, where she paints with a vibrant, colorful style. She has also put together four informative Youtube videos which summarize the main watercolor techniques. In the videos Lorraine talks through, and demonstrates each technique, giving beginners, and established artists, a very useful roundup of ways to use watercolor.

This is a quick way to get an overview of the possibilities of watercolor. It will then be down to you to put them into practice! (At the end of this post there is a handy list of the techniques Lorraine demonstrates, with associated video number. This will help you paint along with Lorraine, or review a particular technique).

Video 1: Part 1 of 4 of Lorraine Watry’s watercolor techniques for beginners

Video 2: Part 2 of 4

Video 3: Part 3 of 4

Vidoe 4: Part 4 of 4

For further information about Lorraine and her work, visit her blog or visit her web site, where she has further advice, opportunities to attend courses, and some of her artwork for sale.

Here is a list of the techniques Lorraine demonstrates, and in which videos (1)

  • Solid wash  (1)
  • Graded wash  (1)
  • Glazing  (1)(4)
  • Wet on wet  (1)
  • Drop color on wet color (1) (2)
  • Dry brush  (1)
  • Scrumbling  (2)
  • Negative painting  (1)(4)
  • Lift or feather out  (1)(4)
  • Pushing out pigment  (2)
  • Wipe out brush/Kleenex  (2)
  • Detail painting  (2)
  • Masking fluid/tape  (2)(4)
  • Hard and soft edges  (2)
  • Scratching wet and dry  (2)(3)
  • Magic eraser  (3)
  • Salt  (3)
  • Water splatter / blooms  (3)
  • Sand Paper / Watercolor pencil  (3)
  • Sponge  (3)
  • Opaque versus Transparent  (3)

So, give these techniques a go. When you master them you will have many of the skills to paint great watercolor paintings yourself. And along the way enjoy making mistakes – because that is the fastest way to learn!