If you're looking for watercolor animal painting ideas and inspiration, I've got you covered. You'll love these gorgeous watercolor animals.
Below, you'll find an inspiring variety of animal watercolor paintings. From beginner-friendly to advanced, you're sure to find a painting for your skill level.
I'm sharing rabbit references, chicken painting references, bird paintings, and more.
If you're looking for even more inspiration, consider painting the animals you see around you. You can paint your family pet, the birds outside, and so much more.
Let's Gather Our Supplies
- Watercolor Project Book: This project book contains 50 watercolor projects with a forest theme.
- Watercolor Paint: These premium quality watercolor palettes will help you create beautiful watercolor projects.
- Watercolor Paper: This dual-sided paper is thick, durable, and acid-free, meaning your colors won't fade.
Use Watercolor Paper
Whenever you watercolor, it's important to use watercolor paper. Watercolor paper is heavier and is good at properly absorbing moisture. It will not tear or pill.
Purchase Quality Tools
As a watercolor artist, having the right tools can make a big difference in your work.
Using quality tools and materials is a great way to ensure that your finished work has the best possible results.
You don't have to spend a ton of money either. You can purchase quality paper, brushes, and paints at a reasonable price.
Pay Attention to Your Brushes
When you start with watercolor, you may feel that you need a large assortment of brushes. This isn't true.
Certain types of brushes will give you different results. To start, you'll want to have the following brushes: a spotter brush, round brush, flat brush, mop brush, liner brush, and a fan brush.
If you own these seven types of brushes, you'll be off to a good start.
Start Light Then Go Dark
When you watercolor, you'll want to start with light colors and work your way towards the darker shades.
It would be best if you did this because once you apply the dark colors, it's more difficult to undo any errors.
Mixing Your Paint
When mixing paint, it's good to mix more paint than you think you'll need. That's because if you run out of the color, it won't be easy to get the exact shade that you were using previously.
Make Sure You Have Paper Towels
As you are working on your paintings, you'll find that it's beneficial to have paper towels on hand.
You can use them to clean and dab your brush. You can also use paper towels to dab your paper while you work.
Use Masking Tape
If you want clean edges on your project, use masking tape to frame your painting.
It's essential to make sure you have a tight seal on the tape so that paint doesn't get through and ruin your clean edge.