How to Overcome Fear of the Blank Page (Tips for New Watercolor Artists)

Starting a new watercolor painting can be both exciting and intimidating. The blank page staring back at you can be daunting, but with the right mindset and techniques, you can overcome the fear and unleash your creativity.

In this blog post, we will explore some tips for new watercolor artists to overcome the fear of the blank page and start their artistic journey with confidence.

A page out of Artistry's adult watercolor coloring book featuring a watercolored pink flower

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Tip 1: Embrace the Blank Page

The first step in overcoming your fear of the blank page is to embrace it. Instead of seeing it as an obstacle, see it as an opportunity. The blank page is a chance for you to create something beautiful and unique. Embracing the blank page allows you to approach your painting with a sense of excitement and possibility.

A sketch of a cute cartoon rabbit with a monocle, inside a mirror

Tip 2: Start with a Light Sketch

Before diving into your watercolor painting, consider starting with a light sketch on the blank page. This will help you plan out your composition and get a sense of where everything will go. A light sketch can also help ease the fear of making mistakes, as it can be easily adjusted or erased as needed.

A pencil sketch of a Greek god, drawn using monochrome shading pencilsA beautiful watercolor painting of a small waterfall, painted with Artistry's Artists' 24 Watercolor Pan Set

Tip 3: Use Reference Images

If you're feeling stuck when faced with a blank page, consider using reference images to inspire your painting. Whether it's a photograph, a still life setup, or a scene from nature, reference images can provide you with a starting point and help guide your composition.

Using watercolors for plein air painting

Tip 4: Experiment with Different Techniques

One way to overcome the fear of the blank page is to experiment with different watercolor techniques. Try using different brush strokes, washes, and layering techniques to create interesting textures and effects on the page.

Black and white drawing of different tropical leaves, created with fine liner pens

By focusing on the process of painting rather than the end result, you can alleviate some of the pressure associated with starting a new piece.

Freehand watercolor painting of flowers and leaves, painted with Artistry's watercolor tubes

Tip 5: Start Small

If the idea of filling an entire blank page feels overwhelming, consider starting with smaller pieces. This could be a series of small studies or sketches that allow you to explore different ideas and techniques without the pressure of a larger, more intimidating canvas.

Altenew's tagline "Craft Your Life" hand-lettered using Watercolor Brush MarkersAn artwork of a small blue boat in a canal in Italy, painted with Artistry's watercolors

Tip 6: Practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness can help calm any anxiety or fear you may have about starting a new painting. Take a few deep breaths, focus on the present moment, and let go of any self-doubt or negative thoughts. By being present and mindful, you can approach your painting with a clear and focused mind.

A cute watercolor painting of a green dinosaur, painted with Artistry by Altenew's Watercolor Essential 12 Pan Set

Tip 7: Set Realistic Expectations

It's important to set realistic expectations for yourself as a new watercolor artist. Understand that not every painting will be a masterpiece, and that's okay. Embrace the learning process and allow yourself to make mistakes along the way. Each blank page is an opportunity to grow and improve as an artist.

A whimsical watercolor painting of koi fish, painted with watercolor tubes

Overcoming the fear of the blank page is an essential part of the artistic process. By embracing the opportunity, using reference images, experimenting with techniques, and practicing mindfulness, new watercolor artists can start their creative journey with confidence.

A watercolor portrait of a woman's side profile, painted on black cardstock with green and yellow watercolors

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Remember to be patient with yourself and enjoy the process of creating something new and beautiful. The blank page is not something to fear, but rather something to celebrate as the beginning of a new artistic adventure. For more art tips, tricks, and hacks, visit The Creative Corner!

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