How to paint leaves and plants in watercolor for beginner

May 10, 2024

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Starting with watercolor painting can be both thrilling and slightly daunting, especially if you’re new to the art form. You’ve come to the perfect spot, where we offer simple, step-by-step tutorials specifically designed for beginners interested in painting plants and leaves.

This guide aims to gently introduce you to the world of watercolor, breaking down the painting process into easy-to-follow steps. Whether you’re looking for a detailed tutorial on watercolor techniques or just tips on capturing the beauty of foliage, we’ve got you covered. So, prepare your palette, and let’s explore the art of watercolor painting, step by step!

Lets gather our supplies:

You don’t need a lot to get started, just always it is better to be prepared. These are my honest recommendations that I love and use. 

  1. Watercolor brushes: get a medium brush (size 5 or 8), small size(1,2,4), and a flat brush. They will be used to create different effects when painting. Sable brushes are the best, if you want to create a professional looking piece of art.
  2. Watercolor paper: Paper will make a big difference in the outcome. It doesnt matter if you want hot or cold pressed paper. I recommend Strathmore or Winsor & Newton for beginners, but if you want to splurge then Arches paper is the best
  3. Best Watercolor Paints:The ones that I use and love is the Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Paint Set. They have so many colors to pick from, perfect for any artwork. But if you are just a beginner you can get smaller colors range Winsor & Newton Cotman 24 Whole Pans Set
  4. Pencil: Best to use H, or 2H, making sure you do not have any bright lines. I love this set from Staedtler Mars. 
  5. Water jug: This can be anything, even an old cup or a jar from pickles. 
  6. Tissue paper: Grab your kitchen roll
  7. Eraser: Make sure that it is white and does not leave any marks. I use either normal one or a kneaded eraser to just get a lighter shade of the piece. 


Learn how to paint in watercolor anything starting from flowers, to trees to owls. 

Step-by-Step Watercolor Tutorials

01. Watercolor Tutorial for Potted Palm Tree

Discover a world of creativity with this step by step watercolor tutorial  on how to draw a potted palm tree. It is simple and beginner friendly. 

02. How to Draw a Potted Monstera

Learn how to draw a monstera in this watercolor tutorial. It is a very easy follow along tutorial in watercolor that can be done in a limited amount of time. 

03. Step by Step Indoor Plant

Indoor plants can be so much fun to paint. You can be very creative and design different pots and different shades of green. 

04. Watercolor Tutorial: Potted Cactus

In this watercolor tutorial, we’ll explore the steps to paint a potted cactus. 

05. Draw Palm Leaf Easy Step By Step

This is an easy to follow watercolor tutorial on how to paint a palm leaf in watercolor. 

Remember that practice makes perfect when it comes to painting in watercolor. 

06. How to Draw a Cactus in Watercolor Tutorial

Cactuses that are blooming can be so charming to paint. This is the ultimate easy to follow watercolor tutorial that you have been on the lookout for. 

07. Birds of Paradise Leaf in Watercolor

Nature is absolutely beautiful. This is an easy to follow watercolor tutorial on how to paint a birds of paradise leaf in watercolor. 


The details look absolutely amazing and can be a part of a pattern. 

08. Watercolor Bananaleaf Tutorial

A banana leaf is such a beautiful watercolor tutorial where you will be able to make this as a pattern or a decoration for a card. 

9. Step By Step Autumn Leaf Tutorial

Learn how to paint watercolor leaves. Fall has such amazing colors so it is the most amazing way to express it on paper. 

10. Step by Step Monstera Leaf Tutorial

Learn with this tutorial how to paint a monstera leaf in watercolor, step by step. Perfect for those seeking a vibrant and tropical touch to their collection!

If you have enjoyed this tutorial, then do not forget to check out this watercolor course for complete beginners called: “Get Started with Watercolor.” 

The course is  designed for beginner artists wishing to explore and improve watercolor painting techniques.

If you have been wanting to improve your watercolor skills then do not forget to check it out!