Still Life Mandarin in Watercolour with full tutorial

Watercolour Painting Still Life - Mandarin

Watercolour Painting, Still Life  - Mandarin

Today's blog post on watercolour painting to accompany my YouTube video where I dip into a little more detail of the process.

Materials Needed

First, gather all the necessary watercolour materials for your painting session. The supplies I recommend offer value to get the best results. This includes watercolour paints, high-quality paper, brushes, water containers, and any additional tools you may need.

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Creating a conducive workspace is crucial for a productive painting session. Ensure you have ample lighting and a clean, clutter-free area to work in.

Choosing the Right Colour Palette

Selecting the right colours for your still life painting sets the tone and mood of your artwork. Consider experimenting with different colour combinations to evoke different emotions.

Applying Watercolour Techniques

In the video, I demonstrate various watercolour techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and layering. Practice these techniques to create depth and dimension in your painting.

View the Process on my YouTube Channel

Creating Texture and Depth

Texture adds visual interest to your watercolour backgrounds. Experiment with different tools and techniques to create unique textures in your painting.

Adding Details and Patterns

Incorporating details and patterns into your still life painting enhances its visual appeal. Use masking fluid and fine brushes to add intricate details to your artwork.

Balancing Composition

A well-balanced composition is key to a successful still life painting. Pay attention to the arrangement of objects and the overall balance of your composition.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Encounter a blooming or streaking issue? Don't worry; I've got you covered. Learn how to troubleshoot common watercolour problems and turn them into creative opportunities.

Practice Exercises

Practice makes perfect. I'll provide you with some simple still life setups for practice and guide you through exercises to improve your painting skills.

Seeking Inspiration

Drawing inspiration from master artists and contemporary works can fuel your creativity. I'll share some resources and tips on finding inspiration for your paintings.


In conclusion, painting a captivating still life watercolour requires patience, practice, and creativity. I hope this blog post has provided you with valuable insights and techniques to enhance your painting journey.

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