Your Introduction to Watercolor Painting: Create With Confidence

Ciarra Rouwhorst, Fine Art Calligrapher & Designer

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11 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:24
    • 2. Class Project

      3:33
    • 3. Paint

      8:13
    • 4. Paper

      11:36
    • 5. Brushes

      6:12
    • 6. Setting Up Your Workspace

      4:45
    • 7. Creating Color References

      11:32
    • 8. Color Mixing Chart

      9:09
    • 9. Color Mixing 101

      13:51
    • 10. Class Project

      13:07
    • 11. Closing Comments

      4:42

Project Description

Explore Your Paint and Create a Watercolor Background

You will complete this project by submitting the following deliverables:

1- Post Your Questions

If there is something specific about watercolors or your painting process that you struggle with, post it on the discussion board right away. This way your fellow students and myself can be a support system, and take some of the initial troubleshooting out of the way. Take a look at what others have posted! Maybe some of your questions have already been answered, or you may be able to assist a classmate. 

2 - Chart Your Watercolors

Whether you choose to start with a new set of watercolors or dig out the watercolors you had as a kid, charting your colors is a great exercise. Before you can manipulate your paints, you have to understand how they work and how they interact with each other. You can either create a gradient chart, a mixing chart, or both. Snap a picture and upload it to this class. 

3- Mix your colors

Experiment with the colors you have and see what else you can make. Decide what colors you want in your background, mix them up and swatch them. Take a pic and tell us why you chose those colors or how you mixed them. 

4- Create a Watercolor Background

Using some of the skills from this class, create a unique watercolor background. You can use it as a background for hand lettering, digitize it for design, or you can frame it by itself. Get comfortable with your paint, and just enjoy the process. Take a picture and upload it to your class project. I'd also love to see what you use this background for! 

The goal of this class is to get comfortable using watercolors and enjoy the process of creating. I hope these videos and this project can help you to fall in love with this beautiful medium of liquid color. 

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