Simple Watercolor Painting: Cattails!

Good morning friends! Today I want to share an easy watercolor painting with you. You will need watercolor paper, a pencil, a 1″ wash brush and a round brush (between a #5-#8) and watercolor paints in the colors Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ocher and Sap Green. Watch the video and follow along!

Easy huh?  Now you know about sedimentary colors and why they have a matte appearance on the paper as well as what they are made of. A little artsy science for you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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  1. You help me to be more fearless and really enjoy the experience when creating. Thanks Lindsay! You are the perfect example of going with the flow and incorporating a “mistake” or two which is hard for my internal critic to do.

    I didn’t catch the brand of affordable artist grade paint you mentioned in the video. What is the brand you used and where can I buy it? Is it available in a set?

    I’m having trouble finding an affordable palette with a cover. I’m unsure if I should get plastic, porcelain or metal. I’d like a palette that will grow with me. I’m a newbie late bloomer wanna be painter – HELP LOL!

    Take Care,
    Tina K


    • the Cotman line from Windsor and Newton, it is half the price of less than the artist version but still quality. You can get it in sets of tubes or pans or individually. I have a basic list of colors and supplies I recommend here:
      Hope it helps!

      For a palette I recommend a large plastic palette with a cover like the one in today’s video, my favorite is the Pike palette because it is made from very sturdy plastic, I got one 2nd hand and it is probably 40 years old and has not cracked and has been lugged around with me for ages! The one in the video is a Jones palette and is thin plastic and that is fine because I keep it in my studio but it might eventually crack. Even the thin ones will last 20 years if you care for them. I would not bother with ceramic or metal.

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    • I had to add that I think I mentioned 2 brands: The student paint brand I mentioned is Cotman by Windsor and Newton or M Graham & co for the artist paint I use that is about 40% cheaper then W&N artist paint but equal in quality.

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  2. Love watching you paint. Wish I could get my son to paint when he was in high school they had a show and he got best of show with his water color painting. One of these days I am going to get my paints out and see what I can do. You make me wish I could stay at home and play with all my crafts.


  3. That looks like something I might be able to do. You continue to inspire me but I keep holding myself back!!! I bought some Royal and Langnickle watercolour paints, obviously not artist quality, because I squeezed some of each out into a plastic palette and when done, I put the cover down and put them away. About a week later I pulled it out and they were dried up and broken into small bits. Very annoying. I don’t suppose there is anyway to prevent that so I will use them up but obviously I have to squeeze just a bit out each time I use them. I too missed the name of the affordable artist grade paints you mentioned. Could you please repeat it. Thanks.


    • You can keep the paint moist by adding a couple drops of glycerin or honey to the paint, it works I swear! spray the paint with clear water and add a couple drops, you can add a bit more watercolor paint too if you want, it will keep the paint at a semi moist state. When you are ready to paint just spray with water and paint. The paint in your palette is still good, it just did not have the moisturizing filler in it:)

      The paint brand I mentioned is Cotman by Windsor and Newton for a good student brand or M Graham & co for the artist paint I use that is about 40% cheaper then W&N artist paint but equal in quality.


  4. You really do make it look easy Lindsay….your instructions are great – TFS!
    Paper Hugs,


  5. Lindsay you make it look so easy. great job. enjoy your blog and your videos.


  6. I just have to thank you for your repeated encouragement. Each time I watch your videos I think “She makes that look so easy” but I only worked up the courage to try it out tonight. My cattails started out looking like corn dogs coated in mustard cooked by a 4 year old and dropped in the grass, but I kept working at it and I have to say I’m pretty happy with the end result. Certainly not going to place in an art show, but I wasn’t too embarrassed to do a blog post about it either. Thanks Lindsay for sharing your knowledge and being our crafting cheerleader!


  7. Thank you for these wonderful tutorials, you make working with various mediums looks so easy and make us want to try new things. Love your enthusiasm.


  8. Just tried this tutorial tonight, it was my first ‘deliberate’ watercolor, where I was trying to make something look like Something, rather than just a random wash of swirly colors as the background for a card. Came out reasonably well, and I’m betting that after I walk away and wait a few days before looking at it again, I’ll like it a lot better… seems like if I put something down and stop looking at it intently from a few inches away, my eyes can see the whole picture rather than nitpicking on each little brushstroke. I love how you seem to go in spurts… a handful of cards, then a handful of kids crafts, then a handful of painted things… you and I craft a lot alike! Can’t wait to see which direction you go in next.


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