Watercolor Story: Practice the Essentials

Amarilys Henderson, Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

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9 Videos (31m)
    • Intro to Watercolor Story

      0:50
    • Paint Types

      3:09
    • Paper Types

      7:45
    • Water to Paint Ratio

      3:17
    • All the Colors

      3:45
    • Color Mixing

      3:57
    • Value Study

      2:54
    • Resist Techniques

      2:41
    • FAQs

      2:15

About This Class

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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

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Videos are short and super easy to follow. Could watch them over and over, Amarilys has such a pleasant voice!
I loved the resourcefulness of the teacher, nothing is wasted.
I love every class you've posted so far! Helpful, encouraging and all around fun to follow :)

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Amarilys Henderson

Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

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. 

If anything describes me, it's that I'm an explorer. I am interested in how things work, often bouncing from the fine art world to vectors, from paint to textile patterns. I'm forever ignited by new ideas and projects, aiming to master them while enjoying the process.

While my professional work in illustration and wedding stationery are driven by trend, my personal work springs from my faith. Follow along on Instagram

New to my classes? Here's a quick guide: 

:: Watercolor Newbie Track 

:: Art & Design Business

:: For Floral Lovers

:: Illustration Toolbox