Watercolor Blending Techniques

Taniya Varshney, Artist & Designer

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7 Videos (46m)
    • Watercolor Blending Intro

      1:55
    • Supplies Needed

      3:03
    • Flat Wash, Ombre Effect & Pigment Mixing

      4:57
    • Wet in Wet, Dry on Wet and Lifting Techniques

      5:19
    • Creating Blooms and Bleeds

      3:34
    • Learning from Examples

      12:55
    • Final Explorations

      14:38

About This Class

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This is the Watercolor Workout Series, where I will be sharing a series of classes about the absolutely necessary techniques for finding success with your watercolor paintings. 

As the name suggests, this is a watercolor workout. So essentially we are going to train our hands to move swiftly on the paper to create beautiful watermarks. Our eyes to find inspiration and study several examples of successes and failures and our minds to feel how water makes poetry on paper when we paint. 

These exercises will strengthen your watercolor skills and techniques to ultimately make these part of your muscle memory. You will practice numerous techniques and apply them to several watercolor studies.

This is LESSON 1 - BLENDING TECHNIQUES

We are going to tackle watercolor from the ground up and talk about how to make different kinds of watermarks including a flat wash, soft edge / ombre effect, mixing different pigments, painting loose with wet in wet techniques, dry on wet techniques, lifting pigment to create textures, scumbling or dry brushing and layering. We will also talk about some cool watercolor blending effects which some artists fret to be mistakes but can make beautiful and interesting watermarks on their own like the blooms effect or the bleed effect.

Finally we will create several pieces of explorations where we will combine 2 or more of these techniques to enable ourselves to build that watercolor muscle memory.

My name is Taniya, and I am a watercolor painter and designer. When I am not taking care of my 2 toddlers and husband you can find me paint and explore life with watercolor and other water based media. 

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18 of 22 students recommendSee All

A good starter class for new artists.
Great class to learn the names of techniques and what they can do.
Hokuao G.

Reinvent thyself by learning new skills...

Nice class to learn how to begin using watercolors! I can't wait to figure out what my first project will be :-)
René Stofflett

Hippie with a Ph.D.

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Taniya Varshney

Artist & Designer

Hi there! I am Taniya. I am a self taught watercolorist and designer. Even though I did go to school for Communication Deisgn and I have been working as a Visual Artist and a UX Designer for almost a decade, I realized that I was missing using my hands and looking at pixels and perfection everyday. It was not until I had my 2 babies, and felt like I hit a wall. And I was more and more not having time for the things I love to do, because life with kids had taken over our lives.

It was t...

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