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Watercolor Basics 4: Brush Control

Jessica Sanders, Artist, Instructor, Designer

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6 Videos (13m)
    • Welcome!

    • Holding Your Brush

    • Brush Pressure

    • Flicking

    • Using the Side of Your Brush

    • Project & Thank You!


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. I want to Keep It Super Simple - KISS, baby! - short, and easy to learn!

Watercolor Basics 4: Brush Control

In class 4, we will explore how to hold and control our brush.

We will cover brush holding positions and how that affects your control of the brush.  We will practice varying the pressure on our brush.  We will also discuss different ways to use your brush, like flicking, rolling, and using the side of your brush.  All in less than 15 minutes :)

Then it’s project time!  

Fill a practice page with all of the techniques we’ve learned.

Paint with your favorite colors!   Be mindful and observant as you go, paying attention to how the brush feels in your hand, and the quality of your strokes and marks on the page.  And, don’t forget, have fun!!

Then, please share it with me and your fellow students in the Project Section.  If you enjoyed this class, and would like to see more, please leave a review!


3 Positions for holding your brush

Pressure on your brush

Flicking - tip and side of brush

Rolling your brush


Watercolor paper:  140lb / 300gsm

Watercolor brushes:  10 round

Paper towel



Other classes I am teaching:  

Watercolor Basics 1: Mixing Water with Watercolor Paint

Watercolor Basics 2: Water Control

Watercolor Basics 3: Painting Wet on Wet & Wet on Dry

Loose & Lively Watercolor Hearts

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:  

Irina Trzaskos, Ron Mulvey

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





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Jessica Sanders

Artist, Instructor, Designer

Jessica Sanders

Artist, Instructor, Designer

Hello, my amazing, wonderful, creative students!


Hello, my wonderful creative friends! :)

I have a new class for you!!  Many thanks to Suzette D. for inspiring me to create it with her request!

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