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Watercolor Story: Practice the Essentials

Amarilys Henderson, Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

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9 Videos (31m)
    • Intro to Watercolor Story

    • Paint Types

    • Paper Types

    • Water to Paint Ratio

    • All the Colors

    • Color Mixing

    • Value Study

    • Resist Techniques

    • FAQs


About This Class


Three elements: basics, exercises that become polished finished pieces, and my story of how I learned these principles. It's a basics class that doesn’t feel like a textbook.

We learn by doing, right? So let’s just get to it! Each exercise will teach you the essentials while creating something to show for it! Paint these simple pieces to learn big principles while dabbling with these trendy subjects: wood grain, pineapple, florals, monograms, and more.

Questions addressed in this class:

  • Why are some paints so expensive? Which should I buy?
  • What's the different among watercolor paper types?
  • How much water / how much paint to use?
  • Which colors should I pick? How do I create a color scheme?
  • What are resists and how do I use them?

This class is great for beginners and those looking to explore their knowledge in watercolor. Have you been curious about watercolor or feel bogged down by the details? This class is for you. 

Other classes to learn from in the Confident Watercolors Series:

Brushes  |  Dealing with Mistakes  |  Start with a Shape

301 of 315 students recommendSee All

Have always loved her style. This class was like devouring a plate of nachos...tasty little lessons tied together by style. I would recommend it for anyone who needs a refresher or an inspiration to start painting.
Carolyn Sadowski

Artist, Illustrator, Teacher, Grandma

a good introduction

Being a Professional Learner of Skills

I love how Amarilys breaks things down and makes concepts easy to understand. It's also great that she's able to give people the confidence to try things out. I hope in the next videos, the sound quality would be better.. Some parts were faint and volume had to turned up, then in the next second, it would be loud and I have to scramble to turn it down. Technical issues aside, this is definitely a great course.





Amarilys Henderson

Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

Hey there! I'm Amarilys. I process on paper and I problem-solve with keystrokes.

As a commercial illustrator, I've had the pleasure of bringing the dynamic vibrance of colorful watercolor strokes to everyday products. My work is licensed for greeting and Christmas cards, art prints, drawing books, and home decor items. My design background influences much of my recent work, revolving around typography and florals.

While my professional work in illustration is driven by t...

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