Watercolor painting is great medium for all skill levels.
Step 1: Pick out paints Pick out non-staining watercolor paints, which do not fade in short durations. Check the "Lightfast" indicator on the tube.
Step 2: Soak and dry paper Soak a rough 140-pound or thicker stock paper with "tooth" – dips and grooves – which will be less likely to wrinkle when wet. Dry it and tape it to a board inclined about 15 degrees, and smooth it out.
Step 3: Sketch an image Sketch a simple box image on the paper in pencil, rinse a number 10 or 12 brush in the water cup and blot it dry. Load it with color from the palette and touch it to the paper.
TIP: Use less water to keep the colors bright, and don't go back over an area repeatedly, or you may inadvertently leave dark lines.
Step 4: Paint first line Paint a uniform line and lift your brush. If a narrow bead didn't form, you pressed too hard, so try again, releasing the bead as you lift.
Step 5: Continue filling Continue filling the area, tilting the brush handle up to maintain a light touch, and letting the watercolor bead paint the wash for you.
TIP: Use a hair dryer to work faster, but be careful: you can accidentally make colors bleed or run.
Step 6: Absorb excess paint Absorb excess paint with a tissue to blot the brush, instead of rinsing. Touch the dried brush into the paint to draw the excess off the painting's surface.
Step 7: Continue experimenting Continue experimenting with color and textures on different paper surfaces, using an array of brushes and color mixes. Read and study to develop your technique over time.
FACT: The textures and patterns of watercolor can be computer-generated.