Watercolor Basics Playlist Guide

I’m often asked by beginners if I have any order or steps to viewing my videos. Well, not really. I started my channel as a way to post random tips and techniques and its a scatter shot approach. But now, almost 2 years later, I have enough videos that I can kind of direct you to the basics, at least in a more useful way. YouTube Playlists make this easier. So i’ve gone back and rearranged one of my first ever playlists in an order that might be helpful for first time watercolorists. Its not comprehensive mind you, so may not teach you everything you need to learn from start to finish, but it definitely has plenty to get you moving and I hope you beginners (or anyone wishing to review) find it helpful.

Here is a synopsis of the episodes, numbered as they appear in the playlist.


1-5: These 4 videos deal with picking your basic supplies. What you need to know, useful tips and even my own personal favorites as you gear up to paint.


6-10: I call these the “control” videos because they teach you basic control of the medium, how to spread, apply and blend watercolor paint. The techniques in these 5 videos will make up the mainstay of what you need to know and practice to paint with confidence.

Misc. Techniques

11-15: 4 videos on other miscellaneous but important techniques to learn in your painting development. Here the videos get a little more random and far from being all inclusive. This section will hopefully expand as time goes on.


16-19: These 4 videos demonstrate features of specific brushes that might be helpful in deciding what brushes to buy and use.


20-23: 4 videos dealing with colors and color mixing. I’m just getting started on this section of videos, so look to see this part of the list expand in the future.

Inspiration and Motivation

24-26: 3 pep-talk videos to inspire, motivate and get your artistic enthusiasm moving forward. These were produced very randomly, so more may surface in the future as I think of them.

If you think of other videos on topics you would like to see covered that might fit well in this beginner’s playlist, I’m open to suggestions. I will open the comment section in this post below so feel free to leave suggestions.

26 Video “Basics” Playlist

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10 thoughts on “Watercolor Basics Playlist Guide

  1. These are great teaching tools. All the information is positive and straight forward plus easy to understand. If I have a negative comment it would only be that if one wishes to follow one after the other with times that might be necessary to stop and begin again at a latter time it’s not easy to ‘enter’ where one stops.
    However, having said that it’s worth the effort. BTW this may well have to do more with my computer skills than program so forgive me if this is the case.
    I guess I would say if possible to number the messages so it can be followed. But the idea is great. I have started the process of watching each as a class style.
    Thanks and keep up the efforts of watercolor and the messages.


  2. Thanks for the input Pat. If you are referring to starting with a particular video, then you can go directly to any video in the list. You don’t have to start over. Note the little list icon in the upper left of the video. Just click that and a list of videos appears. If you wish to pick up within a video at a particular time point just grab the red play head button and move it forward. You should see scrolling thumbnails that help you approximate where you left off. You can also make note of the time code in the video where you left off and scrub the play head button forward to that point. Hope that helps.


  3. GREAT! This explains it! I’m computer stupid…(which spreads to many other areas. Imagine a icon I like. Thanks for the info.


  4. You can lift a straight edge off the paper by taping a few coins like nickels underneath. Or even something thicker than coins and then proceed to pull a line with a brush loaded with watercolor paint. Vary the line with the size of the brush.


  5. Steve, I work on computer systems and am preparing to retire in 726 days. I’m a very analytical person and have looked at starting a painting in the same light. What I’d like to see are some suggestions on how to approach starting a painting and in what order should I tend to follow when laying down my paints? I know everyone is different but surely, or in my case hopefully there arethings to think about when planning your appproach when beginning a painting. Your thoughts?


    • It really depends on what you paint. In general you work from large shapes to smaller shapes and from light to dark, taking care to preserve highlights as you go. Then adding darks and shadow accents later in the process. Small details are usually last. Very general I know but thats the gist of the process.


      • Thank you Steve. Every little piece of information I can gather helps in developing my foundations in my painting techniques. Again thanks for your input. It is greatly appreciated. Ans as always, I’ll continue to watch your videos. Have a great day!!!


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