Watercolor Scribble of a Road Crossing

This is roughly a 15 minute watercolor demo for beginner and amateur watercolor artists.

My hope is to remove the fear of making a bad painting and instead to focus on the fun and the doing and to be a bit reckless and couldn’t care less.

The more we focus on the actual act of painting and less on the results, I think the more likely we are to create great paintings. How ironic!

But most of all have fun.

Video lesson


A brush!I used a pointed oval but a mop, round or whatever you have will do for now.
Just begin!
PaperMultimedia paper is fine. Just don’t get anything too expensive. The point is to
be relaxed. Painting on expensive paper is not relaxing. I used the cheapest
watercolor paper from my local art shop.
PaintsA dark blue
A light blue
A red
A dark brown
Titanium white
These are all watercolors. But use whatever you have. Just being. I don’t want
to get too detailed with paint names because it isn’t really going to help you.
There is no magic paint that suddenly gives you amazing pictures.
Okay I can’t say that because I haven’t used all the paints.

Reference photo

More lessons

If you are serious about improving your watercolors then click here to see my other lessons. The most important thing though is just to paint and have fun – and be a bit reckless, which is something I have to remind myself about everyday.

Gareth Naylor

I am an Englishman living and painting in Japan. I have now been here for over 17 years and have been painting for all that time. I love to travel around the Japanese countryside and find beautiful places to paint.

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