Canadian Reflections in Watercolour for Beginners
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Go from a non-painter to a watercolourist with confidence with a little help from Bev!
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Created by Bev Morgan
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the secret recipes of mixing paint to create a new colour
  • Develop your own personal skills for future paintings
  • Discover essential techniques to apply to every painting.
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  • Students need to purchase or acquire basic watercolour supplies, including paints, paper and brushes Supply list available in lecture 2

Learn how to bring colour, composition and techniques together to create a watercolour work of art! 

As we paint, we will review the basic information of watercolour paper, paints and brushes from previous courses.

This course was especially made for beginner students to encourage them to pick up a brush and have fun by 'doing'.

Canadian Reflections make an excellent reference for learning how to paint the trees and loon in the water reflections.

Students will begin developing their own personal skills for future paintings.

Teacher available for any questions during and after this course. She would love to see your original paintings.

Students will receive 1.5 hours of video supported with written and verbal step-by-step instructions

At the end of this course, you will have a beautiful, final masterpiece "Canadian Reflections" to be proud of! Happy Painting

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suited for the beginner painters who always wanted to learn but afraid to start! S
  • Students should take Module 1 "Trees in Watercolour" and Module 2 "Northern Lights" prior to this class because many basic watercolour information was explained at length.
  • This course is too basic for seasoned and experienced watercolour artists
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
Students will learn step by step instructions to create "Canadian Reflections"
11 Lectures 01:28:38

Welcome to this watercolour class painting "Canadian Reflections". In this class Bev will be demonstrating step-by-step watercolour techniques to create this beautiful painting of our Northern Canadian scene. Composition will be briefly explained and students are able to see a sneak preview of the lectures to follow.

Preview 11:11

Print off the PDF on this lecture. You will find five sheets with the first 4 pages with workshop instructions and the supply list needed for this class. The fifth sheet will have the image outlined which Bev will explain how to transfer onto your watercolour the next lecture.

Gather your supplies and lets get started!

Lecture 2 Getting Organized

You will find a transfer sheet with the outline for this painting at the end of this instructional guide. Tape the computer sheet to a window or light box so that the BACKSIDE can be traced with a lead pencil. Once finished, flip the transfer paper to the front side and tape to the watercolour paper. Use a pen and go over again all the lines. The pressure of the pen will transfer the lead onto your watercolour paper. Remove the transfer paper and now re-draw some of the loon so that you know its features with a mechanical pencil.

Use a kneaded eraser and dab any excel lead off the watercolour paper. (if the loose lead is left on, smudges will occur when you wet the paper)

Lecture 3 Transfer image and sketch

What is masking fluid (or frisket)? Masking fluid is latex-rubber fluid that is applied to your your watercolour paper, will work as a resistant, preserving the white paper or wash underneath.

Poor masking fluid in a plastic spoon. Dip your toothpick and apply to the white areas of the loon.

Lecture 4 Saving your whites by Masking fluid or Frisket

In this lecture, we will paint this vibrant background by using only two colours 'Yellow ochre' and 'Viridian green' by using a 'wet' wash over 'wet' paper!

Lecture 5 Lets paint the background 'Wet on Wet'

I always enjoy painting trees! You never know what your final outcome will be. We will use a dark value of Burnt umber and Viridian green to make these wonderful trees!

Lecture 6 Tree Painting 'Wet on Dry'

Bev will demonstrate how to paint reflections of this Canadian lake scene.

Lecture 7 Reflections

Bev will demonstrate how easy it is to lift the paint off the watercolour paper. Just by lifting, mist suddenly appears!

Lecture 8 Lifting Technique for Mist

Adding a small amount of shadows on the loon, will make the whites stand out and create dimension.

Lecture 9 Shadows

We are almost done our painting! Our loon is painted a bluish-black and suddenly it magically appears in our painting.

Lecture 10 Adding the Darks

Take a look at your painting from a distance. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does your painting need more reflections?
  • Is your loon dark enough?
  • Do you need to paint the movement of the water around the loon

Hope that you enjoy painting 'Canadian Reflections'. In this class you reviewed how to transfer an image, wet on wet techniques to create a vibrant background, wet on dry painting the trees and loon.

We all have original paintings! Smile, you did GREAT!

Lecture 11 Summary
About the Instructor
Bev Morgan
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Professional Artist and Teacher

Proud member of the Southampton Art Gallery and School in Canada since 2011. I have enjoyed my two passions 'travel and watercolours' by teaching on art conventions and on two cruise lines. I’ve learned to instill art appreciation to my students and promote creativity. I have proved the ability to maintain a highly motivated classroom and offer individualized support and provide encouragement to ensure that each student succeeds. I am mostly self taught, but enjoy taking workshops with other artists to learn and continuing growing as an artist.