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The Most Basic Watercolor Technique

A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Painting

Watercolor painting, known for its fluidity and transparency, is a versatile medium that offers a wide range of techniques for artists to explore. Among the myriad of techniques, one stands out as the most fundamental: the wet-on-wet technique.

Understanding Wet-on-Wet

The wet-on-wet technique involves applying wet paint onto a wet surface, allowing colors to blend and flow seamlessly. This method is ideal for creating soft transitions and vibrant washes, making it perfect for beginners to experiment with.

Materials Needed

To try the wet-on-wet technique, you’ll need basic watercolor supplies: watercolor paper, watercolor paints, brushes, and water. Opt for quality materials to ensure better results, but don’t fret if you’re just starting out—beginner-grade supplies work well too.

Step-by-Step Process

Start by wetting your watercolor paper evenly with clean water using a large brush. Then, load your brush with watercolor paint and apply it onto the wet paper. Watch as the colors blend and spread organically across the surface, creating beautiful gradients and soft edges.

Experimentation and Practice

The key to mastering the wet-on-wet technique lies in experimentation and practice. Try varying the wetness of your paper, the consistency of your paint, and the pressure of your brush to achieve different effects. Embrace the unpredictability of watercolor and let your creativity flow.


The wet-on-wet technique serves as the cornerstone of watercolor painting, offering beginners an accessible yet rewarding way to explore the medium’s expressive potential. With practice and experimentation, artists can harness the fluidity of watercolor to create stunning works of art.

Painting Classes in West Vancouver

If you are looking for in-person painting classes in Vancouver, West Vancouver, or North Vancouver, try our painting lessons at Cool Art Studio. We are a painting studio in West Vancouver that has been offering in-person art classes for many years. Our experienced instructor provides tailored guidance to meet individual needs. Our art classes cater to all levels and ages, including beginners, adults, and kids.

We teach acrylic painting, watercolor painting, oil painting, sketching, drawing, and traditional Chinese painting. Additionally, we have art therapy for individuals seeking therapeutic expression.

We offer group lessons for those who prefer a collaborative learning environment. Additionally, we provide one-on-one private lessons for those seeking a more personalized experience. If you’d like to try out a lesson, consider joining us for a single drop-in session. Feel free to get in touch with us via the form here to explore and express your creativity.

Interested in Music Lessons?

If you’re interested in music lessons, consider trying a drop-in session at Music Academy. Located in West Vancouver, Music Academy offers lessons for a variety of instruments, including piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, alto/tenor saxophone, and music theory.

Painting Classes in West Vancouver

Cool Art Studio offers in-person painting classes suitable for all ages and skill levels, from beginners to advanced, catering to both adults and children. If you're searching for art classes in Vancouver, West Vancouver, or North Vancouver, try our painting lessons. Private classes and group sessions are available. Our team of skilled and experienced painting teachers is here to guide you through the creative process.

Music Gallery & Academy / Cool Art Studio: 1468 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1B7


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