Painting Koi For Beginners

Great for beginners or anyone wanting to 'loosen up' with easy step by step instructions.

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This lesson is for beginner to intermediate students - easy wet on wet practice.

Koi have long been used for beautiful paintings. It begins with striking orange and black then those beautiful blues to create wet on wet water. Add some 'rocks' with negative painting for an easy Asian look that doesn't distract from your center of interest fish.

Guided practice is excellent practice!

  • Painting the lily pads teaches letting the color mix on the paper for a unique and natural look.
  • Koi are done wet on damp for rich, glowing colors.
  • Also included are lifting, and how to soften edges to make your koi seem underwater.

Once you have the basics down, you can use these skills for many paintings to come. Included is my pintrest page link with lots of other koi paintings to give you ideas.




Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.



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