The use of watercolor isn’t new – in fact, it’s been here for centuries.
It’s been courting plenty of attention lately thanks to social media. Despite being known as a tricky medium, watercolors are still good for beginners. There’s no shortage of stuff to try, too – from super hero characters, space themes, to flora, landscapes, and cityscapes.
Different watercolor techniques to try
Dreamy, light, and airy, watercolors instantly capture the imagination thanks to its charms. Don’t be afraid to play around and experiment with it. Just make sure to have plenty of paper towels handy.
- Drip effect – create lovely gradients by doing a wet-on-wet method. Spread a bit of water on your page, then apply paints, letting them naturally drip downward. Mix hues for an exquisite look.
- Stencils – if you’ve never liked stencils with watercolors because the paints bleed out, then maybe it’s time to change your perspective. These ‘flaws’ actually make your work ‘imperfectly unique’!
- Stamping – use stamps that you have laying around to make cute, magical, or interesting artworks. No stamp? No problem. You can cut out shapes from sponges.
And the most important thing is to have fun!
What to do with your watercolor artworks
Watercolors are a wonderful medium to use in your art journal. As they come in various brands and packaging, you can pick what suits you best and carry it around with you. When inspiration strikes, take them out and start painting!
Do you already have a few pieces of watercolor art? Why not turn them into bookmarks, greeting cards, postcards, or coasters? Use proper sealant and your works can last a long time. Gift them to friends and loved ones. You can also sell them during art fairs or local markets.
With almost everything going digital nowadays, you can scan your artworks to post or sell online. Edit them on apps like Photoshop or Illustrator so you can turn them into posters, branding material, or desktop wallpaper. It’s going to be easier to keep them, too.
Presenting Incredible Watercolor Backgrounds and Textures
Love the look of watercolors but don’t want to clean your workstation? Then grab these incredible watercolor backgrounds and textures instead!
1. 30 FLAT Textured Watercolor Backgrounds
Inspired by sunsets and sunrises in the sky, Kimmy Design brings you these flat gradient images available in TIFF, JPEG, and PNG formats.
2. Pale Watercolor Backgrounds
3. 64 Watercolor Textures
4. 10 Watercolor Space Backgrounds
Explore the vastness of the universe with this breathtaking set by Kaleriia with 10 textures in 600 dpi.
5. Watercolor Backgrounds Modern Shapes
6. Watercolor Backgrounds – Blush
Elegant, surprising, yet down-to-earth, this product includes backgrounds and watercolor splotches (in transparent PNG) that are fast and easy to edit.
7. 30 Colorful Watercolor Backgrounds
8. Watercolor Textures Vol. 2
Building your asset library? Don’t forget to add these watercolor textures by Jason Heglund. Each background has its own unique look to help you create all kinds of designs.
9. 48 Watercolor Backgrounds
10. Magic Watercolor Backgrounds
Be mesmerized by the magical combination of hues in this set by Freezeron Media.
11. Summer Time Watercolor Backgrounds
Warm tones reminiscent of summer months dominate this collection. With 8 PNG files in 4000 x 6000px and 300 dpi, you will love using it on either digital or print materials.
12. Watercolor Seamless Textures – Brown Pack
A small but very useful package from Creative Form, the watercolor textures here have been drawn by hand, scanned, and cleared so they can be seamlessly repeated without a hitch.
13. Watercolor Wash Bundle Volume 1
This bundle by Design Panoply contains a total of 35 files in 3 practical formats for your convenience. Enjoy various styles, from smooth to complex, for nearly unlimited effects.
14. Crystallized Watercolor Backgrounds
Imagine different geodes in watercolor form. This is what you get when you download this amazing and one-of-a-kind set.
15. Watercolor Texture Blush
16. Warm Textured Watercolors
Casscappello brings you these 12 high-res and print-ready PNGs made using alcohol and salt for a highly textured look.
17. Matte Watercolor Textures
Searching for something minimal yet dramatic? These backgrounds in muted colors by Mehmet Reha Tugcu will complement both light and dark elements, such as fonts and graphics.
18. Watercolor Paper Backgrounds
Handmade, multi-colored, and very detailed, you will receive 16 backgrounds in 3000×2000 px and 300 dpi. Use on photo overlays, postcards, posters, web pages, and more.
19. 14 Watercolor Backgrounds
Showcase your best works using the best images with this pack from Mamounalbibi.
20. 16 Watercolor Backgrounds
These backgrounds and textures look amazing on their own, or combined with other graphic elements. Available in a total of 16 files, put them in logos, ads, presentations, banners, cards, flyers, etc.