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Watercolour for Beginners - 8 Easy Ways to Watercolour Beautifully

teacher avatar Nyasha Lukacs, Watercolour and Ink Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.



    • 3.

      Creating Your Technique Page


    • 4.

      Flat Wash + Graded Wash


    • 5.

      Lifting + Plastic Wrap


    • 6.

      Blooms + Dropping-In


    • 7.

      Wet on Wet + Splattering


    • 8.

      Final Thoughts + Project


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About This Class

In this class I will be teaching how to use watercolour in 8 different ways to achieve unique and beautiful looks and feel more confident when painting. This class is perfect for all skill levels, whether you are comfortable with watercolour or if you haven't used them since kindergarten :) 

I will be walking you through each technique so I encourage you to follow along!

You will learn:

  • Material basics. 
  • How to achieve beautiful looks watercolour is know for.
  • Tips on how to use techniques in paintings
  • And More!!

There is no right or wrong way to do these so have fun and get your creativity flowing!

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Nyasha Lukacs

Watercolour and Ink Illustrator


Nyasha is a freelance illustrator and creative who enjoys sparking creativity and joy with her artwork.

Her work is mainly made with watercolour and ink, and inspired by nature and fashion. 

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Level: Beginner

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm Yesha. Welcome to my first culture class. Watercolor techniques. Eight ways to watercolor. Beautifully. I'll walk you through each technique and give you tips throughout to grow your confidence in skills. Regardless of experience, Let's get started. 2. Materials: All right, let's get started materials. The first thing you'll need is a couple brushes, one big and one small. The smaller one is best for getting small detail, and the larger one will be better for filling out. Large swatches with color will be using larger one the most. You also want kind of a stiff tip on it, which will give more control in Haiti. Next is paper you can use hot or cold pressed for this class. I prefer to use cold press as it won't lead, and I'm able to add water and pain without worrying about the integrity of the paper. Any brand will do. I'll be using cancer for this class. For Pete, feel pretty is any kind of water color paint you have on hand. I'll be using some something moist pans, which are really nice, forgetting vibrant color and are easy to use. Plastic graft. You'll need a small amount. I'll be going over how to use this later on in. You also need a pencil will be using this to create our technical page. You may also want it on hand to label each of the techniques. When Pete, you'll need two cups of water, one for cleaning your brushes with painting and one for a couple of the techniques. You also need a few pieces of paper towel again, like the water, one for clean your brushes and a few of them for the techniques. Lastly, you want something to create your technique page with. I'll go over this in the next. All right, now that we've gone over supplies, let's get into it. 3. Creating Your Technique Page: Now that we have our materials, let's get started on our technique page. Now you want something to make your shapes for your page. Pretty much anything will work A box, taste, role or ruler. You can even destroy Allah sheets Freehand if you like as well. For this page will be using a box. I just happen to have on hand a tip that I have is to check the eighth of the shape you choose will fit on your page before you start drawing. Now that we have our technique page all set up, let's jump into the next video and start people. 4. Flat Wash + Graded Wash: let's start with every technique which is called flat Wash. This is a really great foundational skill to have in watercolor painting. You only need one color for this step. You're gonna want to load up your brush with a lot of pain and a lot of water kind of equal parts to make sure there's a lot of also enough water that your people will glide along the paper found in your resistance. Your goal is to get a flat, even service. Don't worry. If it doesn't look exactly smooth or perfect, it will look much more smoothly and it's dry. This step a tip would be Don't add water. I will change the effect of now I'm just going in and taking off any excess paint so I get a smoother swatch. You can do this by running your brush along the top of your water cup or lightly dabbing on a paper towel. Next is grated wash. We're going to start pretty much the same way as the last one, but you're gonna want a lot more Pickman in your brush. When your brushes all loaded up with quite a lot of Pickman, you're gonna go and do a couple of lines at the very top of your show. Great. Now that we have a couple lines on the top of our sheep, gonna go in and dob our brush in the water and get off some very like do another line of the bottom. You can see that it's pulling the paint down, but it's a lot lighter of a walk. By the time you get to the end of your sheet, you're gonna want barely any pain and mostly water, so it is a very light wash. You get the nice contrast hombre of this. Here's a way I've used. This technique has a background in one of my paintings. I had a little bit of blue and purple on my brush and you can see as I started to add water , purple started to show up a little bit more. So happened with it. Try to bring things and see what happens 5. Lifting + Plastic Wrap: next is plastic. We're going to start with a nice flat wash You. As you can see, I got some buzz or something in there I didn't really get it out with. That's totally fun, because this doesn't matter that much, because we're going to do with it. You aren't even gonna see any little imperfections like that. So just filling the square, I'm adding a little bit more water. So there is a bit more movement in the pain and a little bit more pigment as well. All right. Next, grab your piece of pasta crap. You're gonna want it to be about an inch bigger than your shape that you've chosen. So there is room to crinkle it like I'm doing. I just place it on your square and you can see all the lines and kind of almost a geometric pattern happening in your painting. And you're gonna leave that to dry, so everything you see there is going to stay. Here's what this technique will look like once it's dried. Next up is lifting. The name is pretty self explanatory. And what we're going to, we're going to start again with a nice flat wash. I'm going to be doing blue just to change it up this time the more pigment, the better in this one, as you don't want a really light wash. So what we're going to be doing is going to show up a lot better. All right, now that we have in a spare of even pigment, we're gonna start our technique, you're gonna grab your paper towel. And I'm just ripping off a small bit start. You don't want a full day in crinkle, it's you get a lot of texture and then just place on your square. A little bit of firm pressure is really good. With this, you can play around with how much pressure you use and see the different effects of that again. More crinkling you do, the more folds you get, the more texture is gonna show up here. I'm just playing with the amount of pressure. You can see the difference from my first couple of dabs to the lighter ones I'm doing now. We're choosing blue is my base color. You can already see it looks like a sky. Here are a few ways I've used this technique in the past that I really love this pink one is more of an abstract look, and then this black one almost looks like a stormy sky. All right, let's move on to two more techniques in the next video. 6. Blooms + Dropping-In: Wait. Let's start with balloons. This is more of a modern technique in watercolor. We're going to start again with a nice, even wash of our color. I'm doing blue again. You're gonna want a lot of pigment in there as you start off and not as much water. All right, Once you have a nice spot watch, you're gonna go in with your clean water and you're smaller brush and just half clean water right onto the pain. This is going to push the pain out of the way and create those unique blooms watercolors. Now here, I'm starting to add a little bit more Pete and there to see the effect that will do that will not bloom quite as much as the water as you can see here. But it will add a really nice effect. You can go back in and add more water. I'm doing that over top of the blooms I did with the pain, and you can see it will push the pain that we just did and the paint we did before and do some really unique stuff with that as well. Here are couples watches that I did in the past the larger one has a couple of different colors, and you can see that I mostly just added water to that one. The 2nd 1 I did a really light wash of P. And then I added darker paint onto one side. And then I added more water to push that paint down and get those blind. This one. I could have just had fun with a lot of different colors of pain and adding water on top. Here's a painting themselves Flowers. I did. You can see the blooming happening where the pink pink is kind of bleeding into the leaves and also the letter paint bleeding back into the darker leaves. There isn't really a writer Wrong way to do this. Just experiment, have fun and play with it. Next up, we're gonna be doing dropping in. We're gonna need are smaller brush and our second cup of clean water. We're only going to paint with the clean water for this first, you're gonna wanna only paint a design that is lines like a heart or leaves, or a letter like I'm doing here. Once you have your shape or letter all painted with water, you're gonna start by grabbing some paint on your brush, he's gonna want quite a lot of pigment. Then you're just gonna tap right on to where your water is. You can already see the paint flowing into the water lines that I just made. It's best to only use one or two colors of paint for this stuff, and it's also important to not overwork it too much. That way, you'll still see through to the Keeper underneath and all the organic lines that happened when you drop Pete into the water. And here's what this technique will look like once Dr Let's move on to our last two techniques in the next video. 7. Wet on Wet + Splattering: All right, let's move on. To what? On what? This is a really great foundational skill in water color as well. For this one, we're going to paint our entire shape with a thin amount of water. You Once you have a nice even, Cody, you're gonna pick up some pigment of your choice. I'm gonna be doing blue again. You're gonna want quite a lot of with the paper already being what you were going to get this really beautiful blooming. You can leave it with the one stroke of P. Or like I'm doing here. You can add more off the same page or a different color. Here's an example of how I used this technique in my paintings. Really beautiful Haziness off the wet on wet there. And I also added the other technique of lifting for the look of the clouds. All right, we're down to our last technique splattering. There's a couple different ways to do it. You'll start off with an equal part of water and paint in your brush. Then you're just gonna take your finger and flick the paint onto your paper for the second way of doing it. You're gonna want a bit more water in your brush, so larger brushes best for you. Right now, you're simply going to top your brush on your pointer finger, right of of your shoes. With this way of doing, you're getting much more big and spotty drops. This technique is a really fun and easy way to add texture and color when Pete 8. Final Thoughts + Project: Congratulations. You made it to the final video. I hope this inspired you to pick up a brush experiment and have fun with it. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. And be sure to upload a picture of your finished technique Page. I'm really excited to see what you did with it. The's techniques can be done as many times as you like. So experiment. Have fun with it and see which ones you like best. You can find me on Instagram at Nasher Creative. And don't forget to follow me here on skill share. Thank you so much for watching and happy painting.