Creative Watercolours Beginners

Be inspired with watercolours and learn how to create wonderful special texture effects in watercolour painting.
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By the end of this course you will understand how to use several techniques in watercolour that allow you to get really creative with your paintings .
You will gain confidence in your creative ability.
You will be inspired to experiment more with your watercolours.


  • watercolour paper, sketch paper, pencil, eraser
  • watercolour paints, water pot, clean rag, a board to attach paper to with masking tape
  • watercolour brushes - a wash brush, medium and small round brushes
  • mixing palette for watercolour paint
  • cling film (plastic food wrap) salt flakes, white wax crayon or candle
  • good light - either natural or daylight lamp


Have you ever wanted to get more creative with your painting?

This is Module 1 of 3, containing 5 lessons. 1.5 hours of video content plus written instructions and photographs. Allow 2 hours for each lesson!

This first module is designed to give you experience with different types of creative techniques in watercolour painting to develop wonderful special effects. Included are techniques to create texture in your paintings, and a guide to basic colour theory. Deborah will guide you through each session with demonstration videos, written instructions and close up photographs.

The full course was originally created and run by Deborah as a six week painting course in the major towns of Suffolk, UK. It was so successful, she decided to make the course available online too.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wishes to experiment with watercolours.
  • Anyone wishing to get really creative with watercolours
  • Beginners to intermediate in watercolour painting

Course content

1 section10 lectures1h 22m total length
  • Introduction to Creative Watercolours Module One
  • Summer Leafy Tree - using salt
  • Guidelines and photographs of Lecture 1 - Summer Leafy Tree
    4 pages
  • Moonrise - Using tone to create depth and atmosphere
  • Guidelines and photographs of Lecture 2 - Moonrise
    4 pages
  • Lighthouse & the Sea - using clingfilm and wax resist
  • Guidelines and photographes of Lecture 3 - Lighthouse and the Sea
    4 pages
  • Creative Skies - with silhouetted skyline
  • Guidelines and photographs of Lecture 4 - Creative Skies
    4 pages
  • Basic Colour Theory - lesson extra
  • Conclusion and Review
    10 questions


professional artist and tutor
Deborah Burrow
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
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  • 11,699 Students
  • 3 Courses

         "Inspiring Creativity in Art" 

            I regularly work with people who struggle to get really creative with their painting. My lessons and workshops are fun, inspiring and informative and I enjoy teaching others about the techniques I use in my own artworks. I specialise in creating texture in acrylics and watercolour paintings using different techniques. 

       I am a British artist living and working in the beautiful county of Suffolk, UK. 

            My artworks include acrylic, watercolour and mixed media, on canvas, wood and paper, available in contemporary galleries in UK.