Mastering Water Control: Harness the Power of Water in Watercolors

Denise Soden, Watercolor Artist & Content Creator

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14 Lessons (1h 43m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:46
    • 2. Overview of Materials

      2:46
    • 3. How Paints Affect Water Control

      5:03
    • 4. How Brushes Affect Water Control

      6:23
    • 5. How Paper Affects Water Control

      7:42
    • 6. How Environment Affects Water Control

      2:08
    • 7. Exercise 1: Application Methods

      3:42
    • 8. Exercise 2: Flat Washes

      5:52
    • 9. Exercise 3: Graded Washes

      6:01
    • 10. Exercise 4: Creating and Preventing Blooms

      5:22
    • 11. Exercise 5: Controlling Value

      8:45
    • 12. Class Project: Rhinoceros Part 1

      27:52
    • 13. Class Project: Rhinoceros Part 2

      17:01
    • 14. Final Thoughts

      1:08
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About This Class

In this class, we will learn how to harness the power of water in watercolors. Often regarded as one of the most difficult concepts surrounding this medium, I will help you to breakdown the mysterious aspects of water control into concrete exercises.

In this class, we will:
• Explore various watercolor application techniques
• Practice painting flat and graded washes
• Learn how to create and prevent water blooms
• Discover how water control and value are related
• Paint a beautiful rhinoceros portrait

This class is intended for various skill levels, exploring both basic watercolor principals as well as applying those techniques to a completed painting. Beginners are welcome to simply try out the Class Exercises, but if they want something a little more challenging, they can join the more experienced painters in tackling the rhino painting for the Class Project!

Materials
Watercolor Paints
Watercolor Brushes
Watercolor Paper
Two Containers for Water
Reusable Rag or Paper Towels
Mounting Board & Masking Tape (optional)
Pencil, waterproof ink, eraser

Use what you have on hand, but if you need any recommendations, check out my "Skillshare: Water Control" list over on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/shop/inliquidcolor

Music
"Night" by Ikson | https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson