The Complete Beginner's Guide to Watercolor Inks

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Are you a total newbie to watercolor ink painting and don’t know where to start? Well, I decided to do a full complete beginner’s guide to watercolor inks and address questions like:

  • What is watercolor ink?
  • What are your best tips for working with watercolor ink?
  • What are the advantages of ink?
  • …and much more

I’ve made a couple complete beginner’s guides now and they’ve been a big hit because I try to be thorough as possible and break down all the important details for starting off. So follow along and I hope you enjoy this new medium as much as I do!

If you want more of my extended workshops, check out:

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Flowers
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Gouache



The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Inks

00:00 – Intro
00:36 – Defining Watercolor Ink + Supplies
02:43 – One major palette difference WC vs Inks
05:34 – Lifting WC vs Ink
06:22 – Main reason I LOVE WC Ink: Vibrancy.
07:21 – Mixing up new colors.
09:47 – Wet-on-Wet with inks is MAGIC.
13:26 – MY PROCESS: mixing palette & painting.with inks
27:23 – Similarities AND differences between wc ink and wc.
29:31 – Further resources for you to get better!


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Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor
Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor: Top Questions Answered
Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Flowers
Watercolor Techniques: Wet-on-Wet
Watercolor Techniques: Wet-on-Dry
10 Tips to Improve Watercolor

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