Essential Brush Control Exercises for Beginners

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Brush control exercises develop your understanding of all the marks your brush can make, and helps to build up strength in your hand. They’re also a fun way to help you become more familiar with your watercolour paints and paper. With practice, these exercises should help you become more confident and creative in your paintings.

The Three Brush Positions:


great for more controlled marks and detail work


perfect for controlled edges in larger washes

Side Brush

Great for washes with textured brush-stroke edges

Fun Exercises to Help you Master Brush Control:

First, let’s talk about hand positions.

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