Create Amazing Digital Watercolor Backgrounds the Easy Free Sketchbook Way - No Experience Needed! | Sandra Hess | Skillshare

Create Amazing Digital Watercolor Backgrounds the Easy Free Sketchbook Way - No Experience Needed!

Sandra Hess, Sandra Rose Designs, Graphic Designer

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5 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction, Watercolor Bkgs

    • 2. Video 1 Workspace Essentials

    • 3. Video 2 Let's Get Creative

    • 4. Video 3 FINAL Variation

    • 5. Video 4 Final Variations


About This Class

N 3 SIMPLE STEPS AND 30 MINUTES you will create your very own watercolor backgrounds. Perfect for non-designers as well as designers, creatives and non-creatives! You don't need to know Photoshop or Illustrator! If you have a computer and can download a free program, then you can create amazing watercolor backgrounds! But becareful, it is very addictive. You will save them out as JPEGS and they will be ready to use for any project. I will show you the easy steps, and you show me what you create! 

AFTER TAKING THIS CLASS you will walk away with several amazing watercolor backgrounds that will work for so many projects! From blog headers, to personal stationary, from Pinterest pins backgrounds to greeting cards! 

DOWNLOAD the FREE SketchBook Express Program using the links below for Mac or PC and let's get started! 

-  Windows Free Download

-  Mac Free Download


  • Step 1. I will give you a quick tour of the set up and the few tools needed.
  • Step 2. Get creative and start playing with just a few tools - Variation 1
  • Step 3. Variation 2 - Select and paint in a different set of colors then brush on the magic! 
  • Step 4. Variation 3 - Change the size and shape of your color strokes.


Watercolor backgrounds are very popular and people can make them in many ways, from painting, to digital methods using Photoshop or Illustrator. But I am going to show you the easiest and most versatile and beautiful way to do this! You don’t need to buy a program. You don’t need to learn a  whole program. You don’t need to be a designer. You just need to learn 3 simple steps and 15 minutes and you can create amazing, trendy and beautiful backgrounds!

That's it!  3 simple steps to create amazing digital watercolor backgrounds. 


After researching a number of apps, I chose SketchBook to teach my grandchildren the art of digital watercolor painting. When I discovered the secret (by accident) I was so excited and enthralled by the great results, that I made over 15 different backgrounds one after the other - in under 15 minutes!

With those backgrounds, I created greeting cards, computer desktop wallpaper, iphone background wallpaper, my blog header, and so much more! Are you ready to get started?  Let's go!

My two other classes that may be of interest -

Create-a-Chevron-Greeting-Card-in-Illustrator This is a very popular class as people learn how to make a quick and easy Chevron pattern as you create a greeting card from start to print. 

Create a Custom Wine Bottle Label Using a Quatrefoil Pattern in Illustrator Perfect as a summer picnic hostess gift, birthday present, or for Mom or Dad or Graduate! Of course Thanksgiving and Christmas as perfect times to bring your own wine bottle with your very own personalized label!