32 Easy Step-by-Step Watercolor Tutorials for Beginners

If you’re new to watercolor, following these step-by-step watercolor tutorials for beginners may be helpful.

In this collection, you’ll find over 32 watercolor paintings broken down into steps. Use these paintings to create your own beautiful piece of art. A few paintings you can expect to find are butterfly tutorials, evergreen tree tutorials, fruit tutorials, and more.

Step-by-Step Watercolor Tutorials

Enjoy checking out these easy watercolor painting tutorials that you can follow and use to create your own art.

1. Purple Flower

HOW TO PAINT A PURPLE FLOWER
Credit: atelier_amateur

This beautiful purple flower would look great with your floral watercolor painting. The touch of yellow in the center of the flower really makes it stand out.

2. How to Paint a Cinnamon Roll

How to Paint a Cinnamon Roll
Credit: siscawungu

The spiral perfection of a cinnamon roll is a joy to create with watercolors. Ideal for capturing the warmth and sweetness associated with a fresh-baked pastry, embrace the layers and shades that evoke the aroma and taste of cinnamon.

3. Holly Berries

HOW TO DRAW HOLLY BERRIES
Credit: alagualola

Learn how to easily draw holly berries with this tutorial. These would be fun to draw during the winter months. You can add them to your holiday-themed art.

4. Cupcake Topping Tutorial

coffee cupcake painting
Artist Credit: vfacemeow

I love this tutorial because it breaks down the steps required to watercolor paint the yummy topping on this sweet cupcake.

5. Pink Flower

WATERCOLOR DAHLIA FLOWER
Credit: dearannart

Who doesn’t love a good flower watercolor tutorial? Learn how to layer and blend colors, create texture, and paint petals. This Dahlia flower is stunning.

6. How to Paint a Coffee Mug

How to Paint a Coffee Mug
Credit: alohawatercolors

One of the joys of painting food with watercolor is capturing warm, comforting tones. A mug of hot coffee or a latte is a perfect example. Don’t forget to top your drink with your favorite foam design.

7. Purple Butterfly

HOW TO PAINT PURPLE  BUTTERFLY
Credit: atelier_amateur

I love butterflies, so I can’t wait to try this tutorial for a purple watercolor butterfly. Experiment with the colors to suit your desires.

8. How to Draw Poppies

HOW TO DRAW POPPIES
Credit: Scarlett Aimpyh

Poppies are a popular flower. If you’ve been wondering how to draw poppies, check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to paint them.

9. How to Draw An Eggplant

HOW TO DRAW AN EGGPLANT
Credit: dearannart

Not only does this tutorial show you step-by-step how to paint an eggplant, but it also provides tips on using your watercolor paint on wet or dry.

10. Monarch Butterfly

HOW TO PAINT A MONARCH BUTTERFLY
Credit: dearannart

If you love the monarch butterfly and want to know how to paint one, you’ll find this easy-to-follow tutorial helpful.

11. Watercolor Tulips

WATERCOLOR TULIPS
Credit: weheartit

Tulips are such beautiful flowers. This tutorial shows you how to draw and paint lovely tulip flowers. After you complete this, you’ll have a beautiful work of art.

12. Christmas Tree

HOW TO DRAW CHRISTMAS TREE
Credit: alagualola

Here’s another tutorial perfect for the holiday season. This tutorial teaches you how to draw a Christmas tree. I love the addition of the ornaments in the final step.

13. How to Paint a Tree

HOW TO PAINT A TREE
For the complete tutorial, visit Magdalena Illustration.

Magdalena has some of the best step-by-step watercolor tutorials. This tutorial shows you how to paint a simple yet detailed tree.

14. How to Paint a Red Pepper

How to Paint a Red Pepper
Credit: siscawungu

The deep reds of a bell pepper would pop on any canvas. This tutorial will help you master blending wet and dry techniques to capture the pepper’s brilliant colors and signature sheen.

15. Watercolor Watermelon

WATERCOLOR WATERMELON
Credit: elartedeveronica

If you’re new to watercolor, this tutorial is a great place to start. It shows you how to paint a slice of watermelon easily. I find this to be such a helpful tutorial.

16. How to Paint a Donut

HOW TO PAINT A DONUT
Credit: elartedeveronica

I love painting yummy food items, so including this watercolor, donut tutorial is only fitting. If you follow this tutorial, use whatever color you’d like for the icing.

17. Evergreen Tree

HOW TO PAINT AN EVERGREEN TREE
Credit: favoritethings_letters

Here’s another tutorial showing you how to draw an evergreen tree. Once your tree is dry, you can add more detail.

18. How to Paint a Red Flower

HOW TO PAINT A RED FLOWER
Credit: favoritethings_letters

If you’d like to know how to draw an assortment of flowers, I’ve included a few great tutorials in this collection. This red flower tutorial is another great floral tutorial option.

19. How to Paint a Cosmos Flower

HOW TO PAINT A COSMOS FLOWER
Credit: inkstruckstudio

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to paint a cosmos flower step-by-step. For assistance with painting the petal, pay attention to the part of the tutorial that says “breakdown of a single petal.”

20. How to Paint An Owl

HOW TO PAINT AN OWL
Credit: magdalena.illustration

Owls always look amazing when you see them in paintings. This tutorial is a bit more advanced, so keep that in mind if you’re a beginner painter.

21. How to Paint a Blue Flower

HOW TO PAINT A BLUE FLOWER
Credit: magdalena.illustration

The most challenging part of this tutorial will probably be drawing the flower. After that, the rest is smooth sailing with this tutorial shows you how to paint a blue flower.

22. How to Paint a Ladybug

HOW TO PAINT A LADYBUG
Credit: pigmentolimon

Learn how to easily paint a lovely ladybug by following this step-by-step tutorial. This tutorial shows you the paint brand and color used for each part of the ladybug.

23. Watercolor Strawberry

WATERCOLOR STRAWBERRY
Credit: pigmentolimon

This tutorial shows you how to paint a halved strawberry. There’s also a reference for painting a whole strawberry if you’d like to do that.

24. How to Paint Garlic Bread

How to Paint Garlic Bread
Credit: siscawungu

Garlic bread, with its savory buttery flavor, is a joy to depict with watercolors. Achieve that golden brown crust and the crispy, aromatic garlic that seems to waft from the bread’s surface.

25. How to Paint a Sunflower

HOW TO PAINT A SUNFLOWER
Credit: priyankapaints

This tutorial makes painting a sunflower easy. I love how it includes great tips for painting your sunflower so it turns out like the photo.

26. How to Paint a Transparent Flower

pink flower watercolor tutorial
Credit: priyankapaints

Here’s another simple tutorial for painting a flower. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to paint a transparent flower.

27. Watercolor Coffee Cup

WATERCOLOR COFFEE CUP
Credit: conniegg316

This tutorial isn’t as detailed as others, so it may not be ideal for beginners. However, if you’re willing to try it, you’ll love the results you get when you paint this coffee cup for yourself.

28. Watercolor Sunflower

WATERCOLOR SUNFLOWER
Credit: nikitaceedesign

Here’s another tutorial for painting a sunflower. This tutorial includes a few more steps to guide you along the way.

29. How to Paint a Leaf

HOW TO PAINT A LEAF
Credit: inksnthings

I love this tutorial showing you how to paint a leaf. If you’d like to know how to draw leaves, this tutorial is a great place to start. This could also assist you in painting leaves on trees.

30. Hot Cocoa Watercolor

HOT COCOA WATERCOLOR
Credit: typeandjoy

I would love to paint this hot cocoa mug during the holiday season. This mug would look great on the cover of a handmade holiday card.

31. How to Paint a Palm Tree

HOW TO PAINT A PALM TREE
For the complete tutorial, visit Magdalena Illustration.

Here’s another excellent tutorial from Magdalena Illustration. This tutorial will show you how to paint a palm tree easily.

32. Cherry Cheesecake

watercolor cherry cheesecake
Credit: 9gag

By following this simple tutorial, learn how to draw a watercolor slice of cherry cheesecake. This is a simple four-step tutorial for you to follow.

I hope you found inspiration from the step-by-step watercolor tutorials in this post.

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