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Are you looking for a fun and easy painting project? This step-by-step guide will show you how to create a beautiful landscape with watercolors. You’ll need just a few supplies, and we’ll walk you through each step of the process. So grab your paints, brushes, and paper, it’s time to paint!

In this article we will cover;

  • Materials you need
  • What techniques are used
  • Step-by-step guide
  • How to level up your next landscape
  • Conclusion

Quite a bit of info to cover, so let’s get started.

Easy watercolor landscape
– Easy watercolor landscape

How to paint an easy watercolor landscape

This is a step-by-stap that is a perfect companion to the short video. It will walk you through all the details and hopefully answer any questions you may have about the landscape tutorial.

Let’s begin with materials

You will need the following items which you can easily purchase and learn more by reading this article.

  • Watercolors: Cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, Cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow lemon, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, neutral tint
  • Brushes: Princeton neptune pointed round #12, #6, Rigger #3/4″, Silver brush black velvet jumbo (medium)
  • Paper: Fabriano artistico, bright white, 140 lb. cold press 11″ x 14″
  • Miscellaneous: 2 water reservoirs, Aqua pro palette, paper towels, Gatorfoam board, masking tape and paper towels, 2B Pencil

The watercolor techniques used

This will be a three-step process. When you break it down this way, it’s much easier to get in, and get out! The number one issue with beginners is they fuss with every single aspect of the painting. Mistakes are par for the course, allow them to happen and adjust to them later on. Here’s a great article for learning watercolor techniques.

  • Wet-in-dry wash will be used for the first layer. This is because the paper is completely dry.
  • Wet-in-dry layering is used to build up much of the painting. This is because the first layer was allowed to dry.
  • Wet-in-wet is used to add color variations to tree tops, and cast shadows.
Add contour drawing
– Add contour drawing

Step-by-step guide

Let’s begin the step-by-step landscape guide. This should help answer any questions you may have from the video.

Step #1

Add a contour drawing, but keep details to a minimum. This is a loose, impressionistic style landscape, so no need for all the extra info.

Paint variegated wash
– Paint variegated wash

Step #2

Paint a variegated wash using local colors of the sky, water and grass areas. Go a little darker in value since you’ll lose about 20-30% of the color as it dries. That’s just watercolor for you.

Paint distant mountains
– Paint distant mountains

Step #3

Use a cool gray to paint distant mountains. You should only paint this as the initial wash is completely dry. Remember, this is in the background, so don’t paint rooftops, people and cars. The point of interest is in the middle ground and foreground.

Paint wet-in-dry distant land
– Paint wet-in-dry distant land

Step #4

Allow it to dry 100% before painting. the second layer of hills in the background. Go a little darker in value then the first mountains. But, be very careful not to paint them as dark as the hues that will be used for the tree trunks.

Paint tree tops
– Paint tree tops

Step #5

Once everything is completely dry, paint the tree tops using a colorful green. The mixture should be thicker than the first layers, like milk. Use a scumbling technique. This is where you apply paint with the side of the bristles, and not the point.

Paint cast shadows
– Paint cast shadows

Step #8

Paint the cast shadows and add a few darks to the tree trunks. And that’s it!


We hope you enjoyed this article and feel inspired to try your own easy watercolor landscape. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. We love hearing from you! Happy painting!

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