Watercolor Basics 1: Mixing Water with Watercolor Paint

Jessica Sanders, Artist, Instructor, Designer

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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Water + Watercolor Paint

    • 4. Project & Thank You!

    • 5. Bonus: Sample Project Speed Paint


About This Class

Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, a self-taught mixed media artist who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

I am creating a series of ultra beginner mini classes to help you learn to paint with watercolor.  The skills I teach in these classes helped to put me on the fast-track to creating vibrant, loose, beautiful watercolor paintings like a pro!  And I believe they can do the same for you!

Each class is designed to teach 1 or 2 beginner skills of watercolor painting.

Let's Keep It Super Simple - KISS, baby! - short, and easy to learn!

In class 1, we will explore how to mix watercolor paint with water.    

We will mix 3 consistencies of watercolor paint.  We will explore how more or less water changes the flow, transparency, and value of watercolor paint.  

All in less than 20 minutes!

Then it’s project time!  Practice painting color swatches with at least 6 colors of paint. Choose your favorite watercolors! Really get to know your paints :)  and then, share it with me and your fellow students in the Project Section.

Continue to Mini Class 2:  Watercolor Basics 2: Water Control


Mixing watercolor paints with water, and how it affects the properties of the paint


Watercolor paper:  140 lb / 300gsm

Watercolor brushes:  10 round

Paper towel



Other classes I am teaching:  

Watercolor Basics 2: Water Control

Watercolor with Me: Loose and Juicy Summer Fruit Slices

Watercolor with Me: Fun & Fabulous Flamingo

Watercolor Skillbuilder: Daring Doodles

Whimsical Faces: Drawing Basics

Watercolor with Me : Falling Snow Holiday Cards

Other watercolor teachers on Skillshare:  

Chris V. , Jen Dixon, Ohn Mar Win, Amarilys Henderson, Diana Nemesu