Intro to Watercolor Painting on YUPO Paper / Beginner Level Free class

Shaina Stinard, Artist

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11 Videos (2h)
    • Class Overview / Intro

      3:49
    • Supply List

      8:41
    • Lesson 1 - YUPO vs Traditional Watercolor Paper

      16:02
    • Lesson 2 - How Much Water?

      10:34
    • Lesson 3 - Lifting Color

      14:53
    • Lesson 4 - Monochromatic Painting

      13:40
    • Lesson 5 - Color Mixing

      13:42
    • Lesson 6 - Color Mixing Practice / Fall Tree Painting

      10:36
    • Final Project - Part 1

      13:46
    • Final Project - Part 2

      12:32
    • Sealing and Framing

      2:31

About This Class

Scared to try watercolor?  Don't be!  Give this synthetic paper a try - it wipes clean, doesn't buckle or rip, colors are more vibrant, and you can create amazing watery textures! 

About This Class

In this Intro class, you will learn the basics of watercolor painting on YUPO paper.  YUPO paper is a synthetic paper which is very different from traditional watercolor paper.  It is GREAT FOR BEGINNERS.  The water and pigment do not absorb into the paper - this allows you to manipulate the pools of color until the water evaporates, creating fascinating watery textures. Also, most colors wipe clean from the paper, and the colors are more vibrant and bold!  

I will go over supplies you need, we will do some experimenting and observing, color blending (using a limited palette of four colors), and you will be completing simple painting exercises all helping you get the feel of YUPO paper.  

Basic skills/tips to be taught:

  • water/pigment rations
  • paint control
  • color mixing
  • erasing/lifting paint

Your final assignment will be to create a loose, impressionistic mini-painting of pumpkins on a vine using only 4 colors.  I will walk you  through every step!  I can’t wait to see some of the end results!

Who is the class for?

Anyone!  You really don't need much artistic skill to take this beginners class.  Just jump in!  With some simple instruction, I know you will create something you love!

Learn something new and have a blast doing it!  Join me for the fun class where you will gain confidence in watercolor painting! 

Supply List

Everything can be found at your local art supply store, however, you may have to order YUPO paper from Blick's art supply online.  Please, watch my supply list video for details!

  • YUPO paper (pads are best, any size 5 x 7 - 11 x 14) ($5-15 depending on pad size)
  • Watercolors in 4 colors - Payne's Grey, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Orange (or colors very similar to these).  Small tubes are perfect, and student grade (Cottman's) is fine!  ($3-5 each)
  • Brushes - I am recommending size 4, 8 round brushes and size 4 filbert brush.  A mix of synthetic and natural are my favorite. ($2-4 each)
  • Small palette ($2-4)
  • Q-tips, paper towels, masking tape, water reservoir, wash cloth
  • Krylon fixative spray, clear (optional) ($6)

Average cost for all of art supplies listed (not household items) is around $35

Class Outline

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Extraordinary class shaina I m so much impressed. You can also check my class and make any suggetion http://skl.sh/2cowyOp
Raju Bhag

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Welcome!  My name is Shaina Stinard and I am a Fine Artist based in South Carolina. I can't wait to share some of my watercolor techniques on YUPO paper!

Originally from the Roanoke Valley, I received my B.A. in Art from Virginia Tech. I then went on to receive my MAT and taught elementary school for the next 8 years, in Norfolk, VA.  Since moving and having my daughter, I decided to start my own business and get back into my art.  For the last 4 years I have been working as a professional artist out of my home studio while raising our daughter. 

I specialize in watercolor on YUPO paper creating custom paintings of people, pets and places from photos. My style can be described as vibrant, crisp, and expressive. I stay busy working on custom commissions, having completed over 550 in the last three years of owning my own business.  Prints of my work are also sold online at fineartamerica.com.  Through successful campaigns on Kickstarter, I have also been able to self-published three books of my artwork: Masterpiece Your Memories, Second Chances, and Sketch The World. 

Being an animal lover, I work closely with many animal rescues, donating custom portraits to raise funds for animals in need as often as possible.

I plan on teaching a few classes on Skillshare including: Intro to Watercolor Painting on YUPO, 7 Ways to Create Texture, Basic Color Mixing, Intro to Mixed Media on YUPO, Pet Sketching, Travel Sketching, Portraits, Watercolor Abstracts, and anything else I can think of to share!  I will be walking you through a project with all of these classes.  I can't wait to get started and I hope you will join me!

To see more of my work, visit  my website, Facebook, Kickstarter, and ETSY