Watercolor Painting Tutorial: Succulent Wreath, Part One

Welcome everyone! I’m starting out today with the first part of a wee little watercolor tutorial. I created a succulent wreath with watercolors, and this video shows the very first steps on how to paint one. It’s super simple and you can do it, too!


The video is a little long, as I’m just starting to figure out how to even do these, haha so BEAR with me!

I am going to be posting the second video shortly so that you can see how to complete the design.

The tools I used:

  • Watercolor Paint – I use a Winsor & Newton Palette of half pans of paint, here is a good beginner set

  • Round Watercolor brushes (large and small), I like Princeton Artist Brand or Davinci Series, sizes 8, 5 and 0 for the tiniest details

  • For economy watercolor paper I always use Canson XL series paper. Because I’m going to scan and use this watercolor digitally, the quality of the paper isn’t super important. If you’re creating something you want to preserve and hang the original of, I recommend Arches paper, which is pricier but archival in nature.

  • Water jar and paper towel for dabbing :)

So, again - sorry for the rambling and often times slow tutorial - I'm working on bettering this and I hope a year from now I will be epically embarrassed by the quality of this video!

Stay tuned for more tips on watercolor painting and designing and maybe some insight on using my designs to decorate your home or baby's nursery. Find some of my prints for sale using this watercolor succulent design and more in my Etsy shop!

Wanna share your attempts to create your own watercolor succulent wreath with me? Tag me on instagram @the_watercolor_baby or @mariabpaints

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Watercolor painting - watch me paint an autumn leaf!


So I've been painting for about 20-ish years now, ever since the fourth grade or so. I did not ever get into watercolors until college, however, so my experience with them has been shorter - but fun! There are a lot of techniques that I use, and I will be posting some tutorials here in the future about these techniques, and even step by step instructions on how to paint using watercolors!

Please enjoy this video of me painting an autumn leaf. Until next time!

Do you have something specific that you would like to see me paint? Send me a message or leave a comment below and you might see a video pop up here in the future! Thanks for watching