Confused about How Much Water To Use when Painting? I’ll show you!

Hi friends! I have had a few questions from readers lately wondering about how much water I am using. Specifically when I rinse my brush; do I blot it, tap of the excess or what and how much water am I mixing in my paint and adding to the paper.  Because my usually water bucket is large and unsightly I keep it off camera. I want to show the painting and palette as large as possible so you can see it better and I fear the camera might focus on the ridge of the bucket rather than on the artwork. But today, I found some smaller jars to put my water in so I can show you how much water I am working with. I hope you find it helpful as we paint this sweet scene together.


Gather your supplies and join me for a paint-along as you learn about water control!

Supplies (Affiliate links used)

  • Windsor & Newton Watercolors (24 half pan in professional series) Colors used: Burnt sienna, Prussian blue, Ultramarine, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green
    On Amazon USA or way cheaper at Jackson’s Art (Worldwide shipping/low prices) On sale for $63
  • Watercolor brushes: #12 round, 3/4″ flat (you can use 1/2″-1″ flat), #2 round or liner
  • Paper: I used 8″x8″ Fluid Cold Press (I used Cellulose in this demo but I prefer cotton) Jacksons carries the 8″x8″ in both materials. Cellulose and CottonAmazon has the 8″x8″ cold pressed in cotton only.
  • Other: 2 water buckets, a rag, paper towel and a cut up credit card

If you are new to watercolor and would like more training on the medium you might enjoy my online class Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting. Use the coupon code TRYME for 20% off, learn more here.

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4 thoughts on “Confused about How Much Water To Use when Painting? I’ll show you!

  1. Thank you! great tips on what kind of brushes to use and how they work differently with water.


  2. I love your painting. You did a great job. I love to paint and I am a beginner. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. It helped me learn a little more about the water usage and I made a new painting I like.

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  3. Thank you so much for showing the water, It is so important and I struggle with it. Hope you will do some more like this, It was very helpful
    Also the brushes really are very different and now I will take that into consideration as well

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  4. I ordered the paints through your affiliate link at Jackson’s. They are on sale right now for $60.98, free shipping to USA, and 10% off through your affiliate link. Worth waiting 2 weeks to get these! They are a thank you from my brother and sister-in-law for babysitting a bunch for them so they could bowl in a league. I even added a few half pans to replace black and white and a tube of Schmincke watercolor to try out. Please note: you will lose the 10% discount if you add any of their sample pack products to your order.


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