International Tiger Day Watercolor Tutorial

International Tiger Day Watercolor Tutorial

A watercolor tutorial honoring our ferocious friend the tiger!

Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with a watercolor tutorial using Watercolor Pans to celebrate International Tiger Day on July 29th. According to, International Tiger Day was first celebrated in 2010 after it was found that 97% of all wild tigers had disappeared in the last century, with about only 3,000 of them remaining. It’s not news that tigers are on the brink of extinction and International World Tiger Day aims to halt the numbers from worsening.” Personally, I absolutely love tigers, especially tiger cubs!

I have compiled the materials list for you.


Castell® 9000 Graphite Pencil - HB - #119000

Kneadable Art Eraser - Grey - #127220

Watercolors in Pans 48ct - #FC169748

Watercolor paper

Graphite sketch of a tiger

With the Castell® 9000 Graphite Pencil - HB - #119000 make a quick and light simple sketch of a tiger cub.

A watercolor tiger

Fill your water brush from the Pan Watercolors set with water. Wet the tiger with clean water. Add yellows, oranges and browns from the pan Watercolor set – all colors that appear on a tiger.

A watercolor tiger with water brush

Start adding stripes while the base coat of colors is still somewhat wet for a soft look of fur.

A watercolor tiger with a water brush

Add more stripes to the body and face and color the eyes.

A watercolor tiger with a watercolor pan

Add tall grass and stones with greens and greys to give the tiger a place to stand I hope you enjoyed today’s Pan Watercolors tiger painting tutorial and are inspired to learn more about these wild big cats!

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