People often struggle with creativity, but it is an important attribute to possess. You can find a lot of great watercolor painting ideas in this blog post if you are looking for easy watercolor painting ideas! We have featured more than 20 different projects that will be simple enough to tackle even by beginners. There were four categories of projects: abstracts, landscapes, and botanicals. 

PLANTATIONS

You can relax and gain satisfaction by painting a landscape in your hometown or another location around the world. With the vibrant colors and brush strokes of painting landscapes, you can express yourself creatively. 

1. SKY AT NIGHT

SKY AT NIGHT

Beginner artists are always interested in night skies because it usually involves just 3-4 colors, and details like stars are easier to add by sprinkling a little white paint over the painted area. Despite being one of the easiest watercolor paintings to create for beginners, the night sky also holds the greatest drama.

2. RIVERFACES

RIVERFACES

People who enjoy painting water landscapes like this one will enjoy painting the tranquility of a river. It’s difficult to capture the light and movement of water when painting water because of the play of light. Regardless, this particular scenery will be easier to paint once you master brush control, which you will only acquire through practice.

3. LIGHTNING

Beginners should also consider painting heavenly bodies as good subjects. One of the easiest watercolor paintings to do is a crescent moon in a starry sky. Beginners find this task challenging due to the play of light and shadow. The painting process is simpler than you think once you start.

If you want to accomplish this project, always use a wet-on-wet method. In order to improve your watercolor skills, wet on wet is a technique to master.

4. SCENERY OF THE MOUNTAINS

It’s an excellent place for beginners to learn how to paint in silhouette. The view of mountains from somewhere else can be painted against a sunset sky or mountain ridges against a sunset sky. 

Before beginning with watercolors, sketch before you start if you are unsure of your drawing skills. Start by drawing some dark contour lines on paper, and then gradually add shading and color as you work your way through the project.

5. THE BEACH

The wash technique is easy enough to master for those who are just starting out in watercolors. It is best for intermediate watercolorists. To duplicate the ocean and the sand, paint a gradient effect at the starting point. There is no emphasis on the strokes on the water in this painting since the girl is the focal point.

LIFE IS STILL ALIVE

You can practice your watercolor skills with still-lifes as well. Bright colors can be used in different styles and techniques.

1. MEANING OF MONOCHROME

The monochrome pitcher may seem like a straightforward watercolor painting idea, but painting still-lifes can be challenging. You should begin by painting on a heavy-weight watercolor paper, at least 300gsm, to prevent the paper from getting soggy.

You should wipe off excess water before you start painting to avoid adding too much water.

2. A HOUSE IS COMPOSED OF THESE THINGS

There are many things that inspire artists. Beginning writers may believe that inspiring things are only necessary when you are new. It’s a great idea for beginners to paint an onion or apple with watercolors. 

The simplicity should not be misconstrued. Capturing all the details correctly and making your audience feel the depth through their eyes is incredibly challenging. There is no way a beginner can achieve this.

3. LIVING REALISTICALLY

Painting realistic objects can improve your skills if you are confident with your techniques. The texture and details of their skin would be better captured if the camera could capture them adequately. Practicing brush control and mixing watercolors to create shades while improving technique will also improve your color harmony.

4. ART SUPPLIES STILL AVAILABLE

While you’ve worked on your paintings for a while, have you ever considered using your art supplies as a subject. You can master dimensional painting with a watercolor tube and jar of painting medium, for example.

5. LIFE AS A CUBIST

In addition to learning beginner watercolor techniques, beginners will also enjoy exploring different painting styles. Cubism, popularized by Picasso, is one such style to explore. Beginners can easily master a deconstructive and abstracted style such as this.

THE ANIMAL

Choosing anything from animals to fish to birds to insects will probably be your most challenging choice. Since they are relatively simple to paint without complex or curly shapes, they are one of the most popular paintings for beginners.

1. FISH OF THE KOI SPECIES

FISH OF THE KOI SPECIES

The perfect watercolor painting idea for beginners is to paint aquarium fish, especially koi fish. A great way to practice your watercolor skills, it looks exciting and provides a great way to practice. Use vivid watercolors for this.

2. THE BIRD

Would you like to make a watercolor project with bright colors? Maybe you should make a bird project. When you paint, you’re free to break the rules, so you can draw your drab bird in vivid colors such as green, red, or yellow. 

3. INVERTES

Watercolor painters often paint insects. You can find butterflies and moths in just about any color you desire, so they’ll be easy to paint. You can try snails, caterpillars, bees, ladybirds, etc.

4. ANIMALS

Other pets such as cats and dogs are also wonderful to paint. Keep it simple when painting pets. You can just paint the animal’s head or face, as shown in our example, especially if you’re a beginner. To emphasize the dog’s emotions, the painter used tonal values and contrast in this black and white painting of a dog’s face.

5. NATURE

You can make your animal painting even more unique by adding some extra details. Animals with a stylish twist, such as these hedgehogs, are a nice card decor for any occasion.  

BOTANICS

It does not matter what level you are at when it comes to watercolor painting, as your paintings of flowers will look great even if you are just a beginner! Paint some flowers, a tree, or even leaves if you find painting nature scenes easier than abstract art or stylized animals. 

1. LEAF STUDY

Painters tend to choose leaves for their paintings when using watercolors. Creating them in watercolors is an excellent achievement for a beginner artist, as they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. 

A variety of shades of green are used throughout this painting to depict Monstera leaves. Despite their simple appearance, these giant leaves are a fascinating study because of their different shades. Do not add additional paint layers or glaze the leaves until they are completely dry. 

2. DOODLES WITH FLOWERS

Doodles and flowers? If you want to add more colors and highlights, you can use your paint markers. Make sure you use a waterproof pen for the doodles. Before you complete the doodles, allow the painting to dry completely.

3. LOCAL LAVENDERS POT

Watercolor paintings using potted lavenders (or any potted plants) are a great idea, especially when large clumps of lavender are involved. Here, little detail has been added. In such a relaxed style, the painting is ideal for beginners. In order to simulate the lavender blooms, the artist sprinkled a few drops of watercolor from the brush to give depth and texture. 

4. PLANTS

Practicing your watercolor skills through floral paintings is an excellent way to improve them. Depending on your level of expertise, there are a variety of flower projects that are great beginner projects, including roses, sunflowers, tulips, daffodils, etc. They are all pretty simple shapes that you can handle. On the other hand, painting white flowers on white paper can be challenging due to its light background, obscuring the delicate detail of the white flower. 

5. TREASURES

TREASURES

You can also paint trees with watercolors. The leaves are bright green in the summer or orange in the autumn, creating a feeling of rich color. You can examine your color theory with these beautiful colors, although it is wise to use a palette to match your color combination. 

ABSTRACTION

Beginner watercolorists are also fond of abstracts. This is an excellent way to express yourself and be bold in your artwork. A simple abstract painting gives the viewer the freedom to interpret the image according to their own interpretation.

1. FLOWER WITH ABSTRACT

It doesn’t matter if it’s a bouquet or a single flower, flowers make great subjects for abstract watercolor paintings. Painting flowers in an abstract way allows you to play with different shades and contrast colors, which are perfect for this art form.

2. SHAPES AT RANDOM

Abstract art is a good thing because it is free. For abstract art, any clump of color will suffice, since you do not have to make discernible shapes. Many artists fill a canvas or watercolor paper with a mix of colors and random strokes.

3. PLAYING WITH ABSTRACT WATERCOLORS

You can also doodle over abstract watercolors if you can do so over other styles of watercolor. An abstract painting by this artist is emphasized with micron pens by adding lines and curves, enclosing some of the random shapes with varying thicknesses.

4. ABSTRACT OF POP

Abstract watercolor can also be done in pop art style. When you are done adding the bottom layers, add the background using the colors from a chosen palette. Design combinations like these make great greeting cards, or can be framed to decorate a desk.

5. STAMPING WITH WATERCOLOR PLUS

When you’re trying to create something unique, stamping on watercolor paintings is a great idea. If you need to add details, you can add them with acrylic stamps over the drawing or painting while it’s still wet. You can also add character to your paintings by misting them with rubbing alcohol or water.

CALLIGRAPHY IN WATERCOLOR

Text or images can be added to watercolor paintings using calligraphy in watercolor. This technique is handy, not only for blending an image or lettering into what you’ve already painted, but also for adding accents. Regular paintbrushes will work for practicing calligraphy, although fine-point brushes will work for adding fine details too.

1. CALLIGRAPHIC CIRCLE

In case you’re not confident drawing letters freehand, try tracing them first on paper and then onto watercolor paper once they are perfect. An artist in this example added the design to a circle with a fine-tip pen after starting with a circle. Her calligraphy and details were then added using various metallic colors and a fine-tipped watercolor brush.

2. CALIGRAPHY AND ABSTRACT

Incorporating calligraphy into abstract art can help you add even more detail and enhance its enjoyment. A background of watercolor splats was used as a base for calligraphy, which was then added with micron pens. The abstract art was added after the pencil outline had been completed. The calligraphy was then added after the pencil outline was dry.

Summary

I’m looking forward to starting some creative projects with you! You might consider painting if you would like to boost your creativity. Despite its daunting appearance, watercolor painting is one of the easiest and most rewarding hobbies you can do with little to no experience. You can use this blog as a starting point for creating your own watercolor paintings.

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