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Watercolor Basics 1: Mixing Water with Watercolor Paint

Jessica Sanders, Artist, Instructor, Designer

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5 Videos (18m)
    • Welcome!

    • Supplies

    • Water + Watercolor Paint

    • Project & Thank You!

    • 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 

7 of 7 students recommendSee All

I've worked with watercolor off and on for a few years, but the only formal instruction I've had was a 4-day seminar. So I wanted to watch these very basic courses. I like the mini classes, as they are quick. Jessica does a good job in thoroughly explaining the process. I look forward to watching more.
Kim Bliss

Artist & Graphic Designer

This is exactly what I was looking for!





Jessica Sanders

Artist, Instructor, Designer

My name is Jessica Sanders of I am super happy to be here with you on Skillshare.

I live in Houston, Texas with my wonderful husband and four awesome kids, who are growing up so fast! I am a full time artist/maker, blogger, and YouTuber. I am also a designer for Chameleon Art Products - and I teach on Skillshare!

I have been making art my whole life. It began with paint-by-numbers with my dad, craft and painting projects with my grandmother, and pro...

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