How to Watercolor Paint: 2 Simple Lessons to Help Unleash Your Inner Artist

When was the last time you did a watercolor painting? For many of us, it's probably been decades since we picked up the paint palette and brush. The idea of learning (or, as the case may be, relearning) how to watercolor paint may sound intimidating, especially for those of us who aren't so artistically inclined, but the classic artform is surprisingly simple to learn.

Watercolor painting also has a low barrier to entry. You don't need a fancy easel or expensive paints. Rather, you can get started with a watercolor set, brushes, paper, a pencil and a water cup. To learn more about essential watercolor tools, click through to watch a short guide to Building Your Watercolor Toolkit.

Not only is learning how to watercolor easy and fun, it also offers mental health benefits. The act of watercolor painting can be quite meditative and relaxing, especially after you've spent the whole day staring into a phone or computer screen, and studies have shown that crafting may also ease feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. Crafting may even help keep our brains healthy as we age, since it's an intellectually stimulating activity.

Ready to get out the paints and channel your artistic side? Read on for two great watercolor lessons to get you started from the comfort of your own home.

1. Watercolor Studio: Basics 101

Watercolor paints

No watercolor experience? No worries! If you've always admired watercolor artworks and are eager to explore this medium from scratch, this class is the perfect starting point for you.

In this beginner class, you'll learn the basics, and start with small painting projects that are taught at an easy-to-follow pace.

Click through to take the Watercolor Studio: Basics 101 class.

2. Paint a Simple Watercolor Fruit for Beginners

Watercolor painting of cherries

Ever admired a gorgeous watercolor still life? Now you can learn how to make one yourself.

In this class, you'll learn how to paint simple fruits using essential techniques and skills to get you started on your watercolor journey.

Whether you're a complete beginner or have some experience, this class is designed to help you improve your skills and confidence in a supportive and encouraging environment — and you'll come away from it with a lovely fruit painting that took less than an hour to make!

Click through to take the Paint a Simple Watercolor Fruit for Beginners class.

Once you’ve tried these watercolor lessons, you might just find that painting becomes your go-to relaxation activity.

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