Simple Watercolor Techniques: Make a Personal Mandala

Ria Sharon, Practice Makes Better.

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10 Videos (20m)
    • Intro

    • Lesson 1: Supplies

    • Lesson 2: Dry Surface

    • Lesson 3: Flat Wash

    • Lesson 4: Gradients

    • Lesson 5: Textures

    • Lesson 6: Blending

    • Lesson 7: Resists

    • Mandala Demo

    • Parting Gifts


About This Class

Join artist/illustrator, Ria Sharon for this fun 20-minute exploration of watercolor techniques. You’ll learn how to make flat washes, gradients, and a variety of textures — all while she demonstrates how to make a personal mandala.

In seven short lessons, Ria shares her thoughts on:

  • Managing water and pigment
  • Water is your friend: how to harness its natural properties
  • Art for self-expression and self-awareness

This class is great if you want to add watercolor to your arsenal of techniques as a designer or illustrator or, just for the pure fun of playing with watercolors!

Watch to the end to receive Ria’s mandala templates! What you’ll need:

  • a starter watercolor set
  • a round brush and a square brush
  • watercolor paper
  • a light box

Follow Ria on Instagram and sign up for Secret Sketches, her free weekly behind-the-scenes/inspiration email.

68 of 69 students recommendSee All

Love Ria's classes. This are very helpful technics to practice.
Its really amazing class! Thank you to share with us how to draw beautiful tibetan style mandala, love it so much!
Beautiful and meaningful work - thank you! :)
Carolina Shaturska

Artist & Yoga Instructor





Ria Sharon

Practice Makes Better.

There is no path to mastery that does not involve doing something over and over -- that's been my experience as an artist and illustrator!

So I encourage my students to take small consistent steps by creating bite-sized classes that make art a simple, easy, daily practice -- one that is joyful and fun!

Come visit me on or follow me on Instagram. If you're interested in what goes on in my art-making process behind-the-scenes, join my private Secret Sketches group. T...

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