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Watercolor Basics | Supplies & Techniques

Samantha Nielsen, Watercolor Artist | Urban Sketcher

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10 Videos (32m)
    • Intro to Watercolor Basics | Supplies and Techniques

    • Supplies for Success

    • Brush Strokes

    • Graded & Flat Wash

    • Wet on Wet & Lifting

    • Masking Fluid & Dry Brush

    • Tape Technique

    • Layering

    • Class Project

    • BLOOPERS! See you next time!


About This Class

Hello and welcome to my first Skillshare class! I am so excited to be able to share what I have learned on my artistic journey with you! Today we are starting from the beginning with watercolor basics. My goal with this class is to reach those who are at a beginner level and help minimize some of the fears of trying a new material!

In this class you will learn about:

  • Supplies (even down to brand name) that will help you be successful and what to look for when you go to an art store.
  • Different ways you can use one brush to make a variety of lines.
  • Watercolor techniques that will help bring your first painting to life such as: wash techniques, dry brush, masking fluid, tape techniques, lifting, and layering.

Lets dive in to the world of watercolor!


19 of 19 students recommendSee All

Fun class.
Susan Palmquist

Freelance Writer, Author, Self Publisher

Great beginner class! Even as an intermediate watercolor student, I still learned some new tricks. Sam has a great teaching style that is easy to understand.
Nerissa Alford

wife, mom, artist, nomad

This is a great class, specially for those beginning with watercolors. It provides really useful information on all the things any watercolor painter has to know. Also some tips and tricks for those already painting and wanting to get better. She is a very talented sketcher, she explains very clearly, it makes painting simple and fun. I will totally recomment this class. Thanks Sam for creating this!
Anna Font

Watercolors and fineliners





Samantha Nielsen

Watercolor Artist | Urban Sketcher

Hi there! My name is Samantha Nielsen and I'm a watercolor artist and urban sketcher based in northern Minnesota. I majored in art education in college, and I've been teaching high school art for the past 2 years. I have spent the past 4 years sketching the world around me and bringing my sketchbook with me everywhere I go. I am so excited to share my knowledge of watercolor and urban sketching with YOU through Skillshare.

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