10 Easy Watercolor Backgrounds for Brush Lettering and Modern Calligraphy

Shelley Hitz, Artist, Illustrator, Author Coach

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14 Videos (1h 13m)
    • Introduction

      1:43
    • Supplies

      3:57
    • Background 1: Three Color Wash

      3:49
    • Background 2: Ziplock Technique

      4:05
    • Background 3: Mini Galaxy

      5:50
    • Background 4: Stripes

      2:52
    • Background 5: Circles

      6:28
    • Background 6: Sun and Grass

      5:01
    • Background 7: Mountains

      8:28
    • Background 8: Ocean with Fish

      7:00
    • Background 9: Tree

      11:34
    • Background 10: Flowers

      8:58
    • Class Project

      1:13
    • Next Steps

      1:49

About This Class

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Would you like to be able to create easy watercolor backgrounds to add to your hand lettering or modern calligraphy that will only take you a few minutes to create?

I love watercolor.

I have been creating watercolor backgrounds since the beginning of my lettering journey. Watercolor adds an amazing effect to your lettering pieces and it only takes a few minutes of your time to create the backgrounds I teach you in this class.

However, I know what it's like to start with a blank page and just to sit there and thing, "What should I create, what should I do?"

Sometimes we feel uninspired or don't know where to start. Therefore, in this class I'm going to walk you step-by-step through creating 10 easy watercolor backgrounds.

These are backgrounds I have personally used myself. They are easy and don't take a lot of skill. Anyone can do these. By simply taking a few minutes to add a watercolor background to your lettering pieces it can take your artwork to the next level.

It's also a great way to create gifts and to simply add more color in your life.

Many times our lives are so busy and it's nice to take a few minutes away and enjoy some art therapy.

Join me in this class and let's dive in and create these easy watercolor backgrounds. I cannot wait to see what you create!

Learn all the watercolor supplies I recommend and use here: http://skl.sh/2pOMG6H

Learn Brush Lettering for Beginners here: http://skl.sh/2lwvwWa

If you want to know when I release new classes, make sure to click the "follow" button on my profile here: https://www.skillshare.com/user/shelleyhitz

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This class was just simply wonderful from start to finish. We learned 10 truly easy watercolor backgrounds to add to our artistic toolbox. Hey Shelley, 10 more backgrounds please! It would be super if you added a "part 2" for this class. I also enjoyed listening to Shelley and the sincere joy in her voice as she taught. This gives me great encouragement. This class felt like sitting around Shelley's kitchen table, creating and enjoying every moment of the process. Do yourself a favor, take this class.
This class was so fun! The activities are easy and perfect for beginners! its also good for experienced artists. its a very calm and relaxing class. even though the pieces are quick and easy to make, they turn out beautiful! i totally recommend this class! xx
Very beautiful class! Thank for all of your inspiring ideas .

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Shelley Hitz

Artist, Illustrator, Author Coach

Ready to learn the art of lettering and watercolor, the easy way? I know what it's like to be a beginner. And I know what it's like to battle the inner critic. The fear, self-doubt, and comparison.

But, I have learned to embrace the artist in me and have re-discovered the joy of creating art.

Art can help you:

  • Relax and have fun. It's been an amazing form of self-care for me.
  • Discover the power of color. Creating art can bring you so much joy.
  • Create beautiful pieces you can display in your home or give as gifts.
  • And so much more!

I'm passionate about teaching others and love seeing each of you have the courage to embrace your creativity and choose to create art.

In my classes, I will take you step-by-step through the learning process and cheer you on in this beautiful journey of creativity and color.

To be notified when I publish new classes, make sure to click the "follow" button on my profile. Also, let me know what you want like to learn as I'm creating new classes all the time.

I'm so excited you are here and I cannot wait to see what you create :)

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