Intermediate Watercolor Techniques to Take your Art from Good to Great | Petals by Priya Watercolor | Skillshare

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Intermediate Watercolor Techniques to Take your Art from Good to Great

teacher avatar Petals by Priya Watercolor, Watercolor Artist & Teacher

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome to Class!


    • 2.

      Class Project


    • 3.

      Art Supplies


    • 4.

      Tonal Values


    • 5.

      Values: Berry Branch


    • 6.

      Blending One Color


    • 7.

      Blending Two Colors


    • 8.

      Blending: Eucalyptus


    • 9.



    • 10.

      Layering: Avocado Base


    • 11.

      Layering: Avocado Seed


    • 12.

      Layering: Avocado Second Half


    • 13.

      Lifting Color


    • 14.

      Lemon: Base Layer


    • 15.

      Lemon: Leaves & Stem


    • 16.

      Monstera Leaf: Base Layer


    • 17.

      Monstera Leaf: Final Touches


    • 18.

      Resources & Final Thoughts


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About This Class

In this class, you’ll learn a few of the best intermediate watercolor techniques to help transform your good paintings into GREAT paintings!

In each of the lessons, we’ll complete practice drills and individual projects to put what we learn into action.

The techniques you’ll learn in this class include:

  • Tonal Values: How to create and utilize a range of tonal values to add depth and dynamic interest to your paintings.
  • Blending: How to blend individual and multiple colors to create smooth and seamless gradients.
  • Layering: How to masterfully apply layers to enhance glow and establish depth in your artwork.
  • Lifting: How to use your brush to lift pigment from the page to create eye-catching highlights.

At the end of class, we’ll work together on an advanced final project: the tropical monstera leaf. This project will utilize all of the skills you learn in the class. You’ll end up with a beautiful, detailed botanical painting that you can be proud of. You’ll also be well-equipped with all the skills and techniques you need to move forward in your watercolor journey with confidence and ease! Trust me, you’ll see a drastic difference in the outcome of your paintings when you apply these techniques to your own works of art.

Gather your supplies and get ready to improve your artwork one skill at a time!

About the Artist

Hello and welcome! My name is Priya and I’m the owner of Petals by Priya Watercolor Designs. I’m an artist, art teacher, and paper goods shop owner based in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. I’m passionate about teaching art in an approachable manner and helping artists at any level feel excited and empowered to create beautiful artwork that embraces their own unique style.

One of my absolute favorite parts about being an artist is connecting with other creatives and sharing our love for art, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Let’s connect!

Next Steps

Please don’t forget to upload your projects to the “Projects & Resources” section here on Skillshare. It’s a great way to receive feedback on your artwork and connect with fellow students and creatives. If you also share your project on social media, please tag me on Instagram so I can like and comment on your work and share it with my audience! 

Thanks again for joining this class. I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a question? Feel free to send me an email or DM me on Instagram!

Meet Your Teacher

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Petals by Priya Watercolor

Watercolor Artist & Teacher

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My name is Priya Hazari and I'm a watercolor artist and owner of Petals by Priya Watercolor Designs. I specialize in painting loose watercolor florals and botanicals and am deeply inspired by the vibrant colors and beautiful nature surrounding me in Honolulu, Hawaii!

My journey with watercolors started as a hobby in 2018 and is now my full-time career. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of teaching in-depth painting and creative business classes to 5,000 students online and in person. I've also been able to see my designs come to life on products through licensing projects, and have transformed my artwork into prints and stationery items that are sold in retail stores around the United States. It's been a dream come true!

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Level: Intermediate

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