Watercolor for Beginners -Materials and Secrets for Fearless Painting

Leyla Torres, Easy art projects to enrich your life

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9 Videos (29m)
    • Introduction to Materials and Fearless Painting

    • Papers, Paints and Brushes

    • Water, Towels and Extras

    • Key Materials for the Beginner

    • Make Easy Reference-Charts

    • Key Secret 1 -Simple Drawing Ideas

    • Key Secret 2 -Reflections in Water

    • Sunset Scene -Tips for Final details

    • Your Project and Final Thoughts


About This Class

This class is divided in two parts:

A- An introduction to watercolor materials

B- Demonstration of a few basic watercolor techniques through the painting of a sunset scene with mountains reflected in water.

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If you are totally new to watercolor, by the end of this class you’ll have an understanding of different kinds of papers, paints and brushes used in watercolor.  You will also be able to make your own list of the watercolor materials you will need to begin, some of which you might already have at home.

If you already have watercolor materials, by the end of this class you will have learned how to make a basic color chart, a simple drawing idea, and two important *no-fear secrets* that will boost your confidence with watercolor.

You will also learn how to make watercolor gradations, and work in transparent layers.

Then you’ll be invited to practice your skills by painting sunset scene with mountains reflected in water.

29 of 29 students recommendSee All

great overview and project! thanks
very clever way of drawing for those of us who are fearful of drawing
Great class, really inspired me to try this technique!
Fernando D'Agosto Toledo

The beauty and elegance of simplicity





Leyla Torres

Easy art projects to enrich your life


In my studio practice, I explore creativity through writing, watercolor painting, and origami, the art of paper folding. These artistic activities are vehicles for cultivating the creative spirit while fostering a sense of inner calm and play in our daily lives.

On my website, LeylaTorres.com you will find my watercolor art and illustration work and my children's books. At OrigamiSpirit.com, you will find origami video instructions and lots of information and resources about the art of paper folding.

Artistic creativity and the ability to play are skills that help us live fuller lives and become better human beings. When we improve ourselves, we are better equipped to help improve the world around us.

I love teaching and helping people release their creative potential and appreciate the process as much as the result. 

I also enjoy photography, language, biking, and dancing. Spanish is my native language and English is my adoptive one.

The lovely state of Vermont, USA is the place I call home and where live with my husband John Sutton and Coco, our sweet female cat. 

Follow my work at:


INSTAGRAM Leyla_Torres_Watercolors 

INSTAGRAM OrigamiSpirit

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets