Basic Watercolors: Learn Painting with PaperFashion

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Natalie Woo

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Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams


Jessica Mack

Jessica Mack


Class Project

Illustrate your favorite shoes using watercolors

About the Class

This class is for anyone that wants to learn the basics of watercoloring in order to start on their own fashion or illustration projects, but even the most experienced painters might pick up a new technique or two.  So grab your brushes and palettes and sign up now!

In this class you will learn:

  • how to use watercolor paint on wet paper
  • how to use watercolor paint on dry paper
  • how to mix a color starting with the primary colors
  • how to create texture using brushes or accessories like salt and paper towels

As a way to emphasize the lessons and show off our new skills, we will all be painting a subject matter that has amazing color, texture, and structure (and also happens to be one of my favorite fashion items): SHOES!
It takes practice and experimentation to get good handle on how watercolors work and react to different processes.  While we won't be going over how to draw shoes (shoe drawing downloads will be available for you to practice on), you will know key takeaways like when to use more or less water, how to use different brushes, and how to make a basic color chart with the paint you have. 

More Information

Level: Beginner

School: Fashion

Related Subjects: Illustration, Watercolors, Painting, Shoe Design, Color Palette

At a Glance

  • 5 Video Lessons (43m)
  • 1.5K Students
  • 95% Positive Reviews (83)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Katie Rodgers

Katie Rodgers


My name is Katie Rodgers and I started Paperfashion, a fashion illustration blog, nearly four years ago. I’ve been illustrating for as long as I can remember, and I’m excited to finall...

95% Positive Reviews

Dulce Chavez

Dulce Chavez

I really love Katie's style. Her work is really inspirational. She gives away her secrets in this class which I'm learning to use to my advantage. Over all it's about getting you water...

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