Welcome to Inside Watercolor Painting

Have you ever wanted to try watercolor painting but didn't know where to start?  You might have tried watercolor already with mixed results, or maybe you just want to learn more and increase your skill level.

Carolina Wrens in watercolor paint and pencil

If so, this website is for you! This is place to learn the specific skills for painting with watercolor, why watercolor paint and paper perform in certain ways, why color mixing has a chemical element, how to use various products and tools and more. I'll also share my art, and provide ideas for your own watercolor projects and painting ideas.

The painting of these birds came from a picture I took in my backyard.  I transferred a drawing of the photograph to watercolor paper and used a combination of watercolor paint and watercolor pencils to create the painting.

Why Watercolor Painting?

You might be wondering why you should learn how to paint with watercolor. 

First, it's relaxing.  I find that painting allows me to access my "creative zone".  That state of mind is very soothing to me because while my mind and hands are focused, worries just fade away.

Second, practice makes perfect!  You've got to paint often to get better.  If you are just learning, try not to stress and worry about your results. Just enjoy what you create at that moment and keep going.  The more pictures you paint, the better you will get.

My first attempt at watercolor...

On this site, I share some of my own struggles and tips on how to get better at watercolor painting. The picture of the butterfly was one of my first attempts several years ago.  More cartoon than painting, but that's okay. I'm still learning, and when I compare it to the wrens above, I can see that I've gotten much better and have much more control over what I produce.

You too can learn how to watercolor, I promise!  If you can follow and practice the tips and techniques you'll learn from this site, I know that you'll get better and enjoy the watercolor art that you create.

Let's Get Started!

Here's a list of some of the topics that will be covered on this site. 

Ready to learn watercolor painting?  Choose a topic and let's get started!  And check back often, as I'll be adding new content frequently.

And, here are two of my recent paintings to give you an idea of my current skill level.  Not at the top, but not at the bottom either. : )

Coyote in watercolor pencil
Beagle in watercolor ~ Ellen Davis

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