Welcome to Watercolour: A Beginners Guide to Contemporary Botanical Watercolour

Natalie Martin, Australian Watercolour Artist

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9 Lessons (1h 44m)
    • 1. Introduction

      4:06
    • 2. Let's Talk Materials

      15:13
    • 3. Getting Started

      14:31
    • 4. Techniques Part 01

      6:53
    • 5. Techniques Part 02

      9:18
    • 6. Exploring Brush Strokes

      17:53
    • 7. Simple Shapes

      10:33
    • 8. Let's get Botanical

      25:02
    • 9. The Wrap Up

      0:43
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About This Class

Would you like to learn to paint with more colour and freedom? Australian artist Natalie Martin presents a beginners guide to contemporary watercolour. We start from square one and build your skills and confidence towards painting botanical specimen from observation. Natalie has essentially broken down her own process into accessible, bite size pieces ready for you to devour.

Working through a series of technique based exercises Natalie shares all her hot tips to help get the paint to move on the page, how to hold you brush, manage water control, relax into the process and so much more.

She not only delves into what materials and how to work them, but why as well. She believes understanding why she’s chosen and recommends certain things over others can better inform you as an artist and your own choices. Her philosophy is build your kit gradually, rather than an enormous outlay. Discover and play with the medium first. Find your feet in it and tailor your materials accordingly.

Natalie’s own style: relaxed, organic, flowy is all about gaining an expression of the subject on the page - not replicating it exactly. She talks about how she sources her inspiration and how working from observation has really informed her practice. She encourages you to find your own creative voice. Your choices, your interpretation, your eye will all inform how your work will turn out.

Outcomes:

  • A fundamental skill set in watercolour
  • An understanding of watercolour as a medium and other necessary materials
  • Confidence in approaching painting from observation
  • A final project - a botanical watercolour painting

 

Downloadable files included:

  • Materials List
  • Course Notes
  • Emergency Reference Photos

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