Author Archives: Joe


About Joe

Owner and adminstration of the Painting With Watercolors website and forum. I am a professional watercolor artist, though I also use other mediums including pen and ink. I also enjoy playing with computers and the internet so this website is a bit of a hobby of mine.

How to frame a watercolor painting

Reference watercolor painting by Chrysovalantour Mavroudis used for how to frame a watercolor painting

This article will show you how to frame a watercolor painting. There may be different ways but this is how I do it. The first step is to ensure your watercolor painting is totally flat. As I do not pre-stretch my watercolor paper it cockles or buckles a little so I flatten it before framing. Continue Reading …

Paint watercolors like a child

The first watercolor painting I ever did in class wet on wet - just playing!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up,” Picasso. All too often artists seem to fall into the trap of taking their work too seriously. If their watercolor painting doesn’t work they feel let down, if they don’t win a prize they feel they are not Continue Reading …

Easy watercolor painting using salt

Finished easy watercolour painting with salt demonstration

This easy watercolor painting is primarily an exercise I created for my students on how to use salt to create believable textures. Rather than just experimenting with salt and watercolor I felt it was just as easy to end up with a nice little painting. This painting is part of my series of simple watercolor Continue Reading …

Angle of watercolor painting easels

Dramatic sky painted with watercolor board kept flat to retain highlights

What should the angle of watercolor painting easels be? This is a very common question of beginner watercolor artists and one I was asked recently by a visitor to this website. It requires a more complex answer than just to say about 25 degrees. The real answer is: “It depends on what effect I am Continue Reading …

Wet street painting with reflections

Wet weather watercolor painting: Reference photo of William Street, Bathurst.

This wet street painting was inspired by a photo I took one morning while I was leaving Bathurst. It had been raining earlier but the rain had stopped and the sun was just breaking through the clouds. I love painting wet weather scenes as it opens up some exciting design possibilities. Reference photo for wet Continue Reading …