Your Introduction to Watercolor Painting: Create With Confidence

Ciarra Rouwhorst, Calligrapher, Illustrator, Designer, Teacher

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11 Videos (1h 29m)
    • Introduction

    • Class Project

    • Paint

    • Paper

    • Brushes

    • Setting Up Your Workspace

    • Creating Color References

    • Color Mixing Chart

    • Color Mixing 101

    • Class Project

    • Closing Comments


About This Class

Have you found watercolor difficult to work with? Are you dying to add watercolor textures to your design work, or handlettering toolbox? In this class you will learn basic skills, how to improve your watercolor technique and how to have more fun in the process. Great for beginners, designers, art nerds and craft addicts. This class is not neccesarily a Watercolor 101, but rather you will become better aquainted with watercolors, explore some fun tools and techniques, and create a stunning watercolor background. Let's get started! 

116 of 119 students recommendSee All

This is one of the best intro classes I have found. Everything was so well explained and I'm so excited to start. My only wish is to consider those of use that work in metric.
Libby Heasman

Owner and designer

Watercolors can seem very intimidating but this class was wonderful as an introduction to watercolor, or in my case a re-introduction. I had taken a small extracurricular course in college years ago and Ciarra's class helped me remember old techniques and learn new ones too! She's a great teacher, I highly recommend this class for anyone wanting to lose their fear of painting with watercolors!
This is a very good intro. It gives you all the basic information to get started and the invitation to explore color mixing. I have taken a journaling class with watercolors but had a chance to learn a few more things while reviewing foundations. So thank Ciarra!





Ciarra Rouwhorst

Calligrapher, Illustrator, Designer, Teacher

Ciarra Rouwhorst is a self taught artist and designer. She began learning calligraphy and design right here on SkillShare in 2015. She then used those skills to start her business Silver Fox Calligraphy & Design in 2016. She works mainly with bespoke wedding stationery specializing in organic calligraphy and watercolor illustration. She also offers brand identity design for fine art wedding businesses who want authentic hand lettered logos. 

She started teaching on SkillShare in 2016, with her watercolor workshop. Since then she has launched The Self Made Creative Series. This is a collection of Skillshare classes designed to give self taught creatives the tools they need take creative leaps. You can also join the movement on Instagram @theselfmadecreative and use the hashtag #selfmadecreative for a chance to be featured. There is also a Facebook group where you can ask questions and get encouragement from other self taught artists and creatives. There is a quote which Ciarra lives by which you might appreciate by Mary Oliver, "The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their creative power restive and uprising, and gave it neither power now time." So take time for your creative drive, and live without regrets.