So you're comfy with the watercolor basics, and now you're looking around for something to paint. We've gotchu. These fave projects range from sweetly simple to ahhh-mazing, and we love every single one. Time to wet your brushes!
1. Go With Gouache
Gouache is a water-soluble paint that can add a whole new dimension to your watercolor painting. Depending on how much water you use, gouache can have a matte-like acrylic effect or look like a more opaque version of watercolor, so it's perf for refining detail and adding contrast (like in these blooms!).
2. Precision Is Key
These clean lines are made with rulers, compasses and simple math. Then, when you add vibrant colors and layers of washes, you get a painting that's totally eye-catching.
3. Nature's Baubles
Okay, maybe you don't spend much time thinking about acorns and mushrooms... but they make the BEST little watercolor projects. This is a great starter project for learning how to build washes for a realistic effect.
4. A Bluebird Beauty
Once you master botany, move on to birds! This cutie is a bit more difficult than acorns and mushrooms, but you don't have to fret about drawing the perfect bird — we've got a template for you to trace.
5. Our Mouths Are Watering...
No, that’s not a photograph of a giant strawberry — can you believe it?? Learn how to master tone and create a beautiful 3D piece of fruit that jumps off the page. Start with the palest of pale highlights and slowly work your way into richer reds. You've got this.
6. Brush Up a Slice of Summer
A great project for watercolor newbies. This piece might be more 2D than the strawberry project above, but look how cute it is!!!
7. For The Experimental Type
This project has no rules — just create a splash of vibrant color, add some salt and find an image from the chaos to bring forward with ink. It’s crazy fun, and you can’t go wrong! What do you see??
8. A Big, Blooming Flower
This bloom is larger-than-life, but the details are oh-so-intricate. Grab your smallest brushes and fall in love!
9. Baby, It's Cold Outside!
All you need is three washes and two colors for a simple and speedy evergreen scene. Don't you feel cozy just looking at it?