Start with a Shape - An Illustration Challenge Premium class

Amarilys Henderson, Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

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9 Videos (20m)
    • Start with a Shape

    • WHY to paint from shapes

    • HOW to paint your shape

    • HOW to make it stick

    • WHAT supplies I use

    • WHERE to start

    • WHERE is this going?

    • HOW to build on top

    • START!


About This Class


When you just need to START... When you want to learn about your subject... When you need some variety brought back into your work... Start with a SHAPE! This unique approach has become a long-standing practice for Amarilys Henderson and she wants to show you its benefits. 

As part of the Confident Watercolors Series, this class focuses on the creative sparks that fly when you couple a challenge with a regular practice for the sake of your creative growth. It's a simple, quick, and powerful exercise for those who want to put the fun back into painting.

Watercolor insights include:

  • preferred supplies
  • tips on how to maintain momentum
  • four tactical ways to approach your shape
  • loads of examples

Take a shot and START with a shape. You may impress yourself with your cleverness and execution.




119 of 120 students recommendSee All

Amaryllis: Love your classes!!! You are a clear and thoughtful speaker. Really well executed overview and instructions for the viewer. I have gotten so much your ideas and also your encouraging attitude which is uplifting and infectious. Love your work too. Very gifted!!
great class! you explain things very well and it' s a great idea. For me it was still very demanding to start with painting... ;)
Sonja Schnatzer

Waffles make my day! :D

Lovely class





Amarilys Henderson

Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

I process on paper and I problem-solve with keystrokes.

As a commercial illustrator, I've had the pleasure of bringing the dynamic vibrance of colorful watercolor strokes to everyday products. My work is licensed for greeting and Christmas cards, art prints, drawing books, and home decor items. My design background influences much of my recent work, revolving around typography and florals. 

If anything describes me, it's that I'm an explorer. I am interested in how things work, often bouncing from the fine art world to vectors, from paint to textile patterns. I'm forever ignited by new ideas and projects, aiming to master them while enjoying the process.

While my professional work in illustration and wedding stationery are driven by trend, my personal work springs from my faith. Bold beauty and ingenuity are my aim every time.

Read a recent article about Amarilys' work by Many Shapes Art.