Make a Splash: Get Wild with Watercolor

Jen Dixon, Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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7 Videos (1h 29m)
    • Introduction and Materials

    • First Things First: Base Washes

    • Basic Techniques and Vocabulary

    • Special Effects and Uncommon Tools

    • Putting It All Together

    • Final Thoughts and Thank You

    • Bloopers!

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About This Class


This is a class for everyone. Let's get messy.


In this class, we’ll go from laying down basic washes, to learning how to use types of backruns to our advantage, glazing, dry brush, and more.

Once we’ve nailed those techniques, we’ll further explore much wilder effects using backruns, special effects, and unusual tools. You’ll build your confidence with creating uninhibited watercolour effects which you can then fearlessly use in your art.

It’s time to stop trying to tame your paint, so let’s make a splash and get wild with watercolours.

Let's get started!




62 of 62 students recommendSee All

This class is one of the very best I've found on techniques and on abstract painting with watercolor. For those of us who don't want to paint yet another watercolor landscape or flower but want to learn more about nonrepresentational painting, Jen Dixon is superb. I wish more artists who paint nonrepresentational work in watercolor would develop classes for Skillshare.
Great view of a lot of techniques and effects! Awesome content!
Fernando D'Agosto Toledo

The beauty and elegance of simplicity

I will take from this inspirational lesson confidence that no matter what I do, I will find beauty in some part of my creations. Thank you.





Jen Dixon

Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

Jen Dixon works mostly in mixed media abstract and figurative painting. She is also an illustrator, writer, and teaches privately both groups and individuals. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in a windy village on the North Cornwall coast of England.

Having led her first drawing classes at the age of six, she continued with art throughout her school days by selling portraits and sign-painting for local businesses. She taught art to young teens before achieving a degree in Industr...

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