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5 Prep SECRETS of Experienced Watercolorists | time saving advice so you can start painting!

teacher avatar Suzy Paint N Simple, Watercolorist

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8 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. 5 Prep SECRETS of Experienced Watercolorists

    • 2. Tip 1: Water of course

    • 3. Tip 2: Importance of your palette

    • 4. Tip 3: BIGGEST time-saver

    • 5. Tip 4: Paint Placement on Palette

    • 6. Tip 5: Tape

    • 7. Thanks

    • 8. Bonus

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In this class, I will share with you the 5 best time-saving tips for watercolor that I have taken for granted in the 11 years I have been painting. I highly recommend you watch this before starting any of my other classes or before your next creative project. 


1) What container is best to hold your water. 

2) What kind of palette is best to use to put your paint into and why.

3) The best way to put water into your palette. (#1 time-saver!)

4) How to strategically place your paint on the palette for the best control over your water/pigment ratio.

5) What tools are best to reduce warping and buckling of the paper when you paint.

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Suzy Paint N Simple



Hello, I'm Suzy. I'm a Fine Artist specializing in watercolor for the last ten years. I've made this my career full time since 2018 and loving every day of it. It is my hope to learn things here I've never done before and also to share some of my knowledge with all of you. Lets paint!

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1. 5 Prep SECRETS of Experienced Watercolorists: Hello, Skillshare. My name is Susie onlay, an artist here in Arizona. Today I'm going to be sharing with you some things I learned from my students who have not been doing what are for 11 years. And it really opened my eyes to things I've been taking for granted as a professional artist. So today I'm going to be sharing with you five tips for efficient preparation and to speed up the painting process. These are productive ways you can make your painting experience of Greece and not a hassle for yourself when they're in middle of the painting to mix more paint as you go. This will take just a few minutes. And in that time you're going to learn the secrets of experienced watercolor us. Sainthood. 2. Tip 1: Water of course: So tip number one is your water cup. You couldn't do a plastic cup. But since it is plastic, we're more inclined to throw this away and be wasteful. So instead, I highly recommend having a water jar because it's solid, it's less likely to tip over when you wash your brush inside to get it clean. And since it's glass, your lesson plan to throw it away, you are more likely to keep it and reuse it. And on that note of water, if you're going to drink water, I really recommend you do not keep your drinking water the same spot as your water jar for cleaning your brush because more often than not, you might dip your paint brush into her drinking water and then you can't drink it. So just make sure to have your drinking water opposite. You're painting hand. And you can save yourself having to get up and get more of drinking water. So there's tip number one. 3. Tip 2: Importance of your palette: Tip number two is getting a actual palette. I tried once using a paper plate, not work because all of the paints would kind of just run across the whole plate to mix together and my paints and mix. And I wouldn't want them to mix. Using a actual palette where it has these wells in them is makes your life so much easier because you don't have to worry about your paint running all over the place mixing with other colors. You can keep your pace and assign the order. I like to have burnt umber, ultramarine blue, red, yellow, ocher. And then I usually have these for whatever colors I prefer putting it at time here. I always have a phthalo blue because it's stated that color came here in a bit. Having a palette like this makes it a lot easier for your pains in the mixed ready to go and in reserve for when you start writing. 4. Tip 3: BIGGEST time-saver: Tip number three is the number one timesaver that I could possibly show you of all the things I've done. A little bit surprising, but is a Aha moment as soon as you see it. A spoon. So the reason why is because when you're putting your pigments into the palette and you're putting water in there and you're mixing it up, you can go back and forth a bazillion times with your brush to bring water into your palette. Or you can do it all in one step and just grab your water and drop it in. Dom. That's it. That one. 5. Tip 4: Paint Placement on Palette: Tip number four is the placement of more paint on your palette. Now, you could put it dead center in the middle of well, but then he can't control the water to pigment ratio as much as you could if you put it instead on the side of the well. Is if you put the pigment on the side of the well, you can have your little bit of water here dragging as much pigment as you need. So here the pigment is in the center, and I have no control over how much pigments in there. But if I really want to make sure it's a very light wash, Then I start here, I have my pigment here, and I can drag the pigment in. So if this is all I want, then we're good or I can keep dragging it in. So I can control how much pigment is in this well. And just keep going and going until you're happy with pigment to water ratio.