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What Do You Paint First in Watercolor?

Mastering the Initial Strokes in Watercolor Painting

Starting Point: Drawing the Sketch

In watercolor painting, the initial step often involves drawing a light sketch on the paper. This sketch serves as a guideline for the subsequent layers of paint. It’s crucial to keep the lines light to avoid them showing through the paint later on.

Building the Foundation: Blocking in Colors

Once the sketch is in place, the next step is to block in the basic colors of the composition. This involves applying broad washes of color to establish the overall tone and mood of the painting. It’s essential to work quickly and confidently to maintain a cohesive color scheme.

Creating Depth: Adding Details and Layers

With the foundation laid, it’s time to start adding details and layers to bring the painting to life. This involves gradually building up the colors and textures, starting from the background and working towards the foreground. Paying attention to the interplay of light and shadow adds depth and dimension to the artwork.

Refining the Work: Fine-Tuning and Adjustments

As the painting progresses, it’s important to step back and assess the overall composition regularly. This allows for fine-tuning and adjustments to be made as needed. Adding smaller details, adjusting colors, and refining edges can significantly enhance the final outcome of the painting.

Final Touches: Highlights and Finishing Details

In the final stages of the painting process, attention is given to adding highlights and finishing touches that bring the artwork to completion. This might include adding highlights to catch the light, refining edges for crispness, and making any final adjustments to ensure harmony and balance in the composition.


Mastering the art of watercolor painting involves understanding the sequence of steps and knowing what to paint first. By starting with a light sketch, blocking in colors, adding details and layers, refining the work, and adding final touches, artists can create beautiful and vibrant watercolor artworks that capture the imagination.

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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