Learn to Paint Watercolors In Just 20 Minutes a Day

Our bite-sized daily challenges help you learn faster while having more fun.


People *really* like Emily’s Watercolor Mastery

Hey watercolor friend,

Learning to paint is one of the most gratifying and healthy things you can do to increase your quality of life.

But in recent years, the success rate of those wanting to learn has seen a sharp decline.

According to studies, only 6% of people who set a new goal (like learning to paint watercolors) end up achieving it.

Why is this?

There’s evidence to suggest that information overwhelm is to blame.

A study reported in the New York Times concluded that “the presence of choice might be appealing, but in reality, people find more and more choice to actually be debilitating.

Emily’s Watercolor Mastery fixes this problem…

We’ve created an entirely new way of learning watercolors that has worked for thousands of art students.

This new method helps you fit painting into your busy life by making it simpler, not more complex.

The good news is that it’s possible for you to love your watercolor journey every step of the way.

Read on to see how it works

Watercolor Mastery Teaches You to Paint With​


20-Minute Painting Projects

Each new lesson teaches core watercolor techniques through bite-sized paint-along projects so you see progress fast!

How it works:

A NEW painting challenge is released EVERY weekday

Monday thru Friday Lessons
Monday thru Friday Lessons

Every Monday – Friday a new painting challenge is released throughout the year. Each one only takes about 20 minutes to complete.

They focus on simple, fun, and varied subject matter so that you NATURALLY build well-rounded skills and grow your painting skills fast.




Here’s a few of the paintings you will get to do during the year…

Daily Challenge Painting Grid

And lots, lots, more…

Daily Challenge Dashboard

Even if you are short on time, these 20 minute challenges make it EASY to build your painting habit and see your progress grow.

All painting challenges are FULLY  NARRATED video lessons taught in real-time.

Lotus painting

And NEW painting challenges are released EVERY weekday (that’s right – 5 new challenges per week!) so you will ALWAYS have fun and fresh things to keep improving your skills!

All you have to do is show up and paint that day’s challenge!


Learn to paint…



Truly Master Your Paintings

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Full Length Projects

Go deep with expert-level instruction in the full length projects section. Whether you’re interested in painting dogs, portraits, landscapes, animals, or other, there are TONS of real-time tutorials waiting to help you inside.

Each Full Length Project takes from 30 minutes to 3+ hours to complete. All are FULLY narrated and in real-time with no skipped steps. These tutorials allow you to go deep into a particular subject matter and truly master the material.

And better yet, NEW full-length projects are being added consistently so you always have fresh projects to grow your skills.


But what if I’m just starting out?

Attention Beginners: You do not need to have any painting experience to start learning with Watercolor Mastery!

We have designed a super-special course that covers all the watercolor basics.

It’s called…

30 Days to Watercolor

and it’s included with your membership.

30 Days to Watercolor Skills

We created this course so you can learn (or re-learn) the watercolor fundamentals.

From what supplies to buy to techniques like wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry, as well as washes, textures, and even sketching.

Each bite-sized lesson in 30 Days to Watercolor includes simple paint-along projects that teaches these core concepts and allows you to build your skills quickly.


Over 2000 artists of all AGES and SKILL LEVELS have grown their painting skills with our tutorials!

Paint Tube

Resources to support your learning

We know how important it is to not be thrown into the watercolor “ocean” without having the support you need. So we give you the tools to make each project a BIG success.

A Printable Sketch with Every Lesson

Drawing sketch

A Printable Sketch with Every Lesson

No need to free-hand draw or sketch. All lessons include a downloadable sketch that can be printed and traced onto your watercolor paper.

Language Subtitles

11 multi-language subtitles available included for all lessons including English, Spanish, French, German, and more.

Language Subtitles

Member-Only Support Group

Member-Only Support Group

Join over 1800+ active members in our private Facebook community to show off your work, get feedback from other artists, and see what other Watercolor Mastery members are painting!

Checkout the HUGE success that our students are having…

“Can’t believe I painted this!”

Tiger Painting Testimonial

“I am so happy I found this outlet.”

Daily Challenge Painting Testimonial

“Very happy with how this turned out!”

“I’m proud of this one, my 3rd watercolor dog.”

“Learning to paint skintones”

Baby Feet Painting Testimonial

“Tackled this bad boy!”

Eye Painting Testimonial

Beautiful Friesian horse by Nancy

“Been really needing some brush time for my mental health. Absolutely love the mushroom!”

Ready To Start Your Own Watercolor Success Story?️

Keep Reading More Success Stories Below! 👇

Adorable Frenchie by Nienke

Frenchie Painting Testimonial

Beautiful cupcake by Glenys

Cupcake Painting Testimonial

“I think this is my favorite tutorial so far!”

Seals Painting Testimonial

“Love these tutorials!”

Portrait Painting Testimonial

“So pleased I joined Emily’s Watercolor Mastery!”

Daily Challenge Painting Testimonial

“Did the pear today!! Super happy with it!”

Pear Painting Testimonial

“Emily really makes it easy and fun. Thanks so much!”

Zebra Painting Testimonial

“Definitely expanding my skills and having fun.”

Daily Challenge Painting Testimonial

“I’ve been saving this photo to paint for months. I finally felt brave enough to tack it tonight!”

Bird Painting Testimonial

Picturesque barn by Tina

Barn Painting Testimonial

“Just joined Watercolor Mastery yesterday. So glad I did!”

Owl Painting Testimonial

“I really enjoy these daily challenges and I am learning a lot!”

Daily Challenge Painting Testimonial

Learn On Any Device

Watercolor Mastery is easily accessible on any devise that has an internet connection. Watch lessons from your laptop, tablet, phone, or desktop computer.

Works on any device

Meet your instructor

Emily Olson

As the founder of Watercolor Mastery®, Emily set out to prove that by moving away from “step-by-step” and into “action-by-action”, even the newest artist can bypass overwhelm and self-doubt, and instead create momentum painting works-of-art that they love.

Through her top-ranked YouTube channel, free guides, membership program, and thriving Facebook community, Emily inspires artists with a sense of “Wow! I really can do this!”




Learning Watercolors Should Be Affordable

Emily’s Watercolor Mastery is five times the value and one sixth the cost of in-person art lessons.

Weekly art lessons cost $100+ per month to learn just four things…if you do your homework (and if your instructor doesn’t cancel any lessons.)

All at a cost of $1200 per year. Yikes!

But Emily’s Watercolor Mastery is just $16 per month for five painting challenges per week plus hundreds of full-length projects and member perks like our 30-Days to Watercolor program for beginners and our member-only community.

Or save an additional 25%…

When you join the yearly plan, it comes out to just $11.99 per month!

30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Try Emily’s Watercolor Mastery for a full month risk free. By the end of your first 30-days, if you aren’t 100% certain that Emily’s Watercolor Mastery is the best way to learn watercolors, we’ll issue a full refund.

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21+ Dog Tutorials
19+ Landscape Tutorials
20+ Portrait Tutorials
14+ Horse Tutorials
20+ Animal Tutorials
17+ Bird Tutorials
15+ Flower Tutorials
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YES! You can cancel whenever you like. There are no contracts or long-term commitments.

You can cancel ANY TIME through your membership dashboard OR by emailing us at [email protected] and we’ll be glad to help you cancel.

There is no better place to be for a total beginner. Before you start the Daily Challenges, I want you to go through the 30 Days to Watercolor program that comes free inside Watercolor Mastery.

From the very first lesson you’ll be painting fun, recognizable subject matter that will keep you inspired to move to the next step.

YES! We offer a price break (25% off) for the Yearly membership. You can see the price savings in the pricing table here.

We don’t offer discounts for Monthly memberships.

Yes! The Daily Challenge lessons are pre-recorded and get released every week day at 12:01am MST and are available for the entire month (plus the whole previous month’s challenges are available too).

The Full Length Projects, 30 Days to Watercolor course, as well as other special workshops inside the program are always available to access.

The only pressure you’ll feel is from yourself, and that’s a great thing!

Nope. You can upgrade or cancel your account anytime – for any reason. If you cancel before the end of the billing period, you’ll retain access until that period is over.

Nope! While you certainly can do your own sketch, you don’t need to because I provide a sketch with EVERY watercolor project!

You simply print out my sketch and trace it onto your watercolor paper. (I show you every step of the process inside the “Getting Started” module)

Bonus Content: I also teach a couple of neat tricks that non-sketch artists can use to EASILY draw outlines of their own photos before painting them in watercolor.

Of course! We’ve got members from all over the world.

No! If you are a more experienced artist then the Full Length Projects are perfect for increasing your watercolor skills.

They focus on more advanced subject matter and use expert-level techniques and explanations that more experienced artists can benefit from.

The videos are not available for download. All video tutorials are hosted on the course website to make it easy for you to access from anywhere.

As long as you have an internet connection you can watch them as many times as you like during the length of your membership.

There is a complete list of supplies used in each tutorial in the description of every video. If you do not have the exact paper, paints, brushes, etc. that’s OK!

Just use what you have available and try to use colors that are close. I recommend following the “30 Days to Watercolor” tutorial to help you understand your paint colors.

Invest in good quality paper and one or two nice brushes and you’ll be all set!

No! Regardless of which day of the month you sign up, your card will not be charged again until the same day of the next month or year, depending on the plan you chose.

If you purchase the Monthly plan, you will have access to the tutorials for a full 30 days from the day of your payment.

If you purchase the Yearly plan, you have have access to the tutorials for a full 365 days from the day of your payment.

You may cancel either plan at any time.

No problem at all – we want you to be totally happy with your Watercolor Mastery experience. And if the program is not for you, then we make it easy to reverse course.

If you signed up for the Monthly or Yearly plan you can cancel your membership with a single click under your billing page of your account and never be charged again.

Additionally, if you signed up for the Yearly or Lifetime plan, you have 30 days to request a full refund. All you need to do is email us within the first 30 days ([email protected]) and we’ll be happy to send your money back.

YES! One of the perks of becoming a member and accessing the reference images and instruction is that you may use your own artwork how ever you choose. I believe every work of art, even if created with the help of instruction, is embedded with your own style and artistic choices.

Please feel free to gift, sell, and exhibit your creations. Keep in mind, however, that if you DO decide to enter your work in competitions, it is usually a requirement that you use only your own original reference images.

My team and I would love to help you with any further membership or technical questions! Email us at [email protected].


What Our Members Are Saying…


4.9 rating out of 5.0

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 30, 2024

I joined a month ago. I’m enjoying the daily challenge and I see slow improvement in my drawing and painting. I see people put up pictures they painted on Facebook. I’m not that brave yet but so enjoying the journey!!

Cindy Mckenzie
Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 29, 2024

Course is challenging, yet easy to follow. I have been doing some of the projects twice, and find the second time I have improved.

Thank you for your expertise & putting this course together!

Jan Flowers
Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 29, 2024

You keep your promise. Because I paint every day I haven’t been able to tell how much or how little I’ve improved. Yesterday I viewed all the paintings that I’ve posted on your website and I was amazed at how far I’ve progressed since I joined in December 2023. I wondered if I would ever be capable of painting a good watercolor without tutelage, well I’m confident now that I can strike out on my own. That doesn’t mean I’ve learned everything you have to offer, I’m still a beginner. Things I’ve learned: better control of the amount of water needed for different effects; using the belly of the brush, the importance of good paper, brushes and paint; how to lift paint (and I’m the queen of lifting); why my paintings got muddy; improved shading; mixing paint directly on the paper; not to give up while in the ugly stage – persevere until the end and trust the process (sometimes I’m stunned at how well I painted); and being a member of a support group with major benefits of encouragement and validation. I’m sure I’ve forgotten much in this writing but I hear your voice every time I meet a challenge or lose confidence. You’ll be with me always and I’m so very grateful that you were led to reach out to many and that I’m included. Thank you Emily for promoting and improving skills that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you, thank you.

Carolyn Willliams
Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 28, 2024

I hear you talking in my head whenever I paint. NowIf I would just listen consistently. I am having more successes and more fun. I am learning my paints and brushes-Silver black velvet! The size 8 arrived today. I am learning to anticipate the “danger zone” and stop and let thing dry. Alos, don’t overwork areas nearly as much as I used to.

I would live to see a tutorial on paining wrinkled, folded, draped cloth.

A Facebook friend asked me what tutorials I was doing so I hope I pushed some more business your way.

I am so glad I found your courses. I love the way you teach and your sweet, gentle demeanor.

Susan JAYNE Danley Thompson
Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 28, 2024

I really love the videos, not too long, just perfect and I love all the choices that I have to practice different skills. The only thing is that I had send an e-mail before subscribing because I wanted to subscribe for a year but I did not receive any answer…so I was disapointed but I did subscribe anyway for lifetime 🙂

Isabelle Thouin
Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 27, 2024

Emily is the best watercolor teacher I’ve found in the online sphere! Her tutorials are the only ones where I feel like I’ve truly learned how to bring my art to life. Her watercolor membership is a steal for all the content you get, cannot recommend it enough if you are seeking to improve your watercolor skills!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 26, 2024

Emily is excellent. Step by step. The best part is that she begins with step one, including supplies, mixing, how much water on a brush. She gives you substitutes that are equivalent, so you can use what you already have. Her 30 days to watercolor is really on point. I was excited to work through some of the challenges quickly and others I really spent my time on. One of the very best things about it is her price point. For a very beginner like me, I did not want to invest a ton of money in a class until I knew that I was going to make the time, and enjoy the time that I had made. I don’t care so much about how my final pictures turn out at this point, just so that I learn continue to learn techniques. I was afraid to sketch because I am not good about at it. So to begin, I start every drawing with the template of the outline that Emily provides. That way I can get right into water coloring and learn more about drawing in due time. Some tutorials that I watched, and I watched many different painters, started by explaining how you should draw detail and shadows, and that it was easy and they would show me how in a minute. I took this class because I want to paint, not draw. I know there will come a time when I will want to sketch my own painting but it is not today. Today I am in between weeks three and four on Emily‘s watercolor mastery, monthly plan, and I’m loving it. Somehow before I signed up, I ran across a tutorial of hers, painting a sunflower. It was really fun, quite simple to follow, and although I don’t like my final painting particularly, everyone knows it’s a sunflower. She had me hooked, and I signed up.

Lorena Molzahn

Still here?

Great, because there’s something I **REALLY** want to tell you…

It doesn't have to be as hard as it is right now.

Those frustrating painting sessions with constant uncertainty and watercolors that don’t turn out like you hoped.

All you have to do is take the the first step.

And if that step isn’t towards Watercolor Mastery then THAT’S OK!

( I’m not trying to guilt you into something you won’t use )

But if that step IS towards--

...then I can't wait to see you inside!

Daily Challenges

Fun and easy 20 minute tutorials.

New challenges are released every Monday-Friday so you build your painting skills FAST!

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Full Length Projects

Expert level instruction on super-specify subject matter that helps lead to mastery.

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Full Length Projects

Achievement Bar

Unlock fun new badges and keep track of your painting progress!
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