How to Watercolor Paint for Beginners: Get Started With Watercolor

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If you want to learn how to watercolor paint, sit back, relax, and grab yourself a snack because I have a great resource to share with you today.

If you’re a fan of watercolor, then you’ve probably heard of the watercolor artist and illustrator Anna Koliadych, also known as DearAnnArt on Instagram.

flower watercolor painting
Credit: @dearannart

Anna creates stunning step-by-step watercolor (and gouache) tutorials. Not only is her work stunning, but she makes watercolor painting so fun and easy!

I’m a huge fan of Anna’s work, so imagine my joy when she got in touch with me asking if I would be interested in taking her watercolor course Get Started with Watercolor. To say I was excited to take this course is an understatement.

Great news! You can try the course FREE for 7 days. Sign up for Get Started with Watercolor.

I definitely consider myself a newbie when it comes to watercolor, and Anna made getting started so simple. The lessons are easy to digest, and they teach you everything you need to know to get started with watercolor painting without it feeling overwhelming.

watercolor peacock feather

The course includes fun exercises, worksheets, sketches you can trace (for those who aren’t good at drawing), and more.

Additionally, once you’re finished with the lessons, there are 10 amazing step-by-step watercolor video tutorials for you to follow. These tutorials will have you creating frame-worthy watercolor paintings.

I decided to follow the Chocolate Cake tutorial after completing the lessons. Here’s a picture of my finished painting. It’s not perfect, but I really love it. With practice, I know I’ll get better and better!

watercolor chocolate cake

If this course sounds like something you might be interested in, keep reading. Anna was kind enough to participate in an interview about the course. Here is our interview below.

Interview with Anna Koliadych

1. Hello Anna. I’m so happy to have you here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into watercolor painting?

Oh, I am so happy too 🙂 Thanks so much for this opportunity. Well, I’m a happy mom, wife, artist, author, and founder of Dearannart brand. If you want to know about me in a few words, I always wanted to be an artist since I was a young girl. In my childhood, I had spent all my free time painting with gouache and watercolor.

Painting was always my passion but when it came time for me to choose between becoming an engineer or an artist as a profession, my parents had different ideas for me as they believed being an artist wasn’t a proper choice for me as it’s not a “real” profession. So I ended up getting a Master’s degree in Automation and Engineering.

I have never stopped dreaming about painting and art and one day I’ve got my first professional watercolor set and from there all started.

watercolor owl painting

2. What was your motivation behind starting your course, Get Started with Watercolor?

I think that first of all it is a desire to share my knowledge and experience in watercolor painting. I’m sharing my experience and skills through Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube all the time and used to do watercolor workshops until pandemic.

It’s such a pleasure and joy for me to be helpful, inspire thousands of people around the World. But the course Get Started with Watercolor is an absolutely different approach.

This course’s kind of quintessence of everything I know in watercolor painting. All my love for this wonderful medium concentrated in Get Started with Watercolor. It’s a short way effectively to learn modern watercolor painting.

Secondly, I wanted to create an online course I wish I found when I was a beginner in this medium. As you know, everything is born from pain.

My pain when I just started paint was that I couldn’t find any course with straight-to-the-point information. I mean that nowadays there are a lot of courses in this field, especially on well-known platforms.

Unfortunately, the quality of these courses leave something to be desired. No one promises that you will start painting as a pro or will learn this medium in a short time.

This is not just from the top of my head, I have heard this from many of my students. My course is a great start to explore this medium, like a door to the watercolor painting.

Great news! You can try the course FREE for 7 days. Sign up for Get Started with Watercolor.

watercolor lemon painting

3. Should a person have some experience with watercolor before taking the course?

Nope, that is unnecessary. The course is developed for absolute beginners and consists of a theory block and a practicing module. Also, I included a lot of exercises and worksheets. Everything is made for practicing and enjoying watercolor.

The student has the opportunity to learn all the techniques and basics things in watercolor painting like color mixing, brush strokes, etc… within the basic module. Also, I have a very deep section dedicated to supplies.

So my student definitely knows what they need to purchase and also what they can buy later. And, of course, all new knowledge has to be consolidated in practice. And for this, I have created 10 amazing practicing projects.

These projects are all different and specifically designed to show the possibilities of watercolor from different angles. The themes of these projects also are different: flower painting, landscapes, the galaxy scenery, animals… As you can see in the course there is a lot of information.

All you need to get started with watercolor with no experience at all. At the same time, in the course, you will find only important and structured information, no fluff at all.

pink flower watercolor painting

4. Do you have to be good at drawing in order to watercolor?

Well basically, yes 🙂 at least a little bit. But for my students, that is not necessary. I provide a sketch (outline) for each practicing project. That means that the student can just print and trace it on watercolor paper. It’s a great way to focus on watercolor painting and feel yourself an artist.

hedgehog watercolor painting

5. Do you need expensive watercolor supplies to get started with the course?

To be honest yes. Some supplies should be professional which means expensive. But the question here is which material has to be professional and on which ones we can save the money. And the answers to it are coming from experience.

In my course, I covered these points in detail. If in a few words, don’t buy cheap watercolor paper or office paper. Especially if you’re a newbie in watercolor.

If you don’t have any supplies for painting with watercolor I suggest investing around $40 in total in watercolor paints, paper, and brushes. The supply list is provided along with the course.

cactus watercolor painting

6. Your Instagram account is filled with beautiful watercolor paintings! Will the course include tutorials on how to create the type of paintings we see on your Instagram account?

Some – yes. But I tried not to share on Instagram the course content and keep exclusivity to the course. But I can assure you that my course definitely represents the personal style of painting I share through Instagram.

fox watercolor painting

7. Some people feel that they have to be “creative people” in order to watercolor. What are your thoughts on this?

In fact, it is not necessary. All you need is love to watercolor or have a precise wish to get started. And of course, practice makes everything possible.

Also, a good teacher helps and guides. To be creative or talented is something that is good :). But in reality, it works not like this and to be passionate about something is much more important.

strawberry watercolor painting

8. Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

I want to wish everyone patience, who is just starting with watercolor painting or any other medium. Believe in yourself.

Whatever path you choose to learn watercolor enjoy the painting process and practice as often as you can. If you wish to join my online course, so see you there 🙂 It will be fun and I promise you will start painting with watercolor in a short time.
– Anna

Thank you so much for taking the time to participate in this interview, Anna! If you want to learn how to create beautiful watercolor paintings, make sure you enroll in the Get Started with Watercolor course.