Paint with me Watercolor Tutorial with Vintage Bird Template

My son joined me for a simple little tutorial today! One of my favorite paintings in the home is a watercolor sketch I did on a page from a book about blackbirds (pictured below). I thought this would be a fun project to share with you!

Full disclosure: I didn't plan on him joining me, but we rolled with it. He did so well, and even said he thought his painting was better than mine! 

You'll need the following:

  • jar of water (we reuse yogurt containers)
  • watercolor paints. We use something like this** in the video (ours came from Michael's).
  • your favorite brushes (I like one rounded brushes with tips like these**). The one I use in the video is a Master's Touch Round 14 from Hobby Lobby.
  • printed template (with trim lines for an 8x10" print) that you can download HERE. Watercolor paper like this** will hold the paint best, but I'm just using thick stationery paper in the video. FYI, the image is from the New York Public Library Digital Collections website, which is amazing!!
  • paper towel for blotting

Remember to have fun! Use your own color palette of favorite colors. We went bright and bold, but you can choose more muted colors. 

We'd love to see what you create! Send us a picture at or tag us on Instagram @marydeandraws.

Here's the video!

*I'm so happy for you to enjoy my coloring pages and printables for your personal (not commercial) use! Use for Bible studies, church groups or events, and Sunday school classes are all fine! If you're in doubt, I'm happy to answer any questions. All artwork and photos are copyright Marydean Draws. If you share this, thank you (!), and as a courtesy,  please link back to this post and not the PDF file. 

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