Water color landscapes in 5 easy steps

Painting a watercolor landscape is about more than copying nature. You don't just want to show a mountain; you also want to capture a mood and really express how that gorgeous scenery makes you feel.

This step-by-step tutorial will help you master the basics of watercolor landscape painting so you can focus on the personal part.

As a reference, I'll use this photograph from my garden. The mountains & the valley look very misty in this picture. I took the picture in the spring, but decided to paint an autumn scene instead.

What you need

  • A sheet of your favorite watercolor paper

  • A big flat or oval brush for large washes (I used a 1-inch wide oval brush)

  • A round brush (#12)

  • A smaller brush for detail work (#6)

Note: The size of the brushes you choose depends on your personal preferences and the size of your painting. My painting is about 9-by-13 inches.