Foundations for Mastering Watercolor Painting
- 3.5 hours on-demand video
- 26 downloadable resources
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- Learn watercolor techniques quicker and easier
- Understand what watercolor paint is and how it is unique
- Discern how a paint will perform based on its pigment property
- Gain insight into water's important role in the water media painting process
- Appreciate the importance of surface texture and structure when you paint
- Understand the differences between brush materials
- Problem-solve with success when something goes wrong in the painting process
- Feel freer in developing your own artistic voice
- There are no prerequisites for this course.
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NOTE: This is not a hands-on painting course.
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“I am learning so much. It is really helping me to understand the medium I am working with, as well as how I can manipulate it to create the effects and emotions I want. Everything just changes when you know what you are looking for. My level of confidence in watercolour has definitely skyrocketed.” - Nicole O.
Watercolor painting at its core is built upon pigment, water, and a painting surface, and in order to master the medium you need to thoroughly understand your materials. This course is designed to give you an in-depth look at the properties of each material used in the watercolor painting process. With this understanding, beginners will have an easier time learning techniques and experienced painters will be better equipped to perfect their skill and solve potential problems. This isn’t a hands-on painting class, but rather is a lecture-based course containing information you aren't likely to find anywhere else.
- This course applies to both new painters as well as experienced painters. For the new painter, it will make the learning process much easier. For the experienced painter, it will give you a deeper understanding of the medium.
- This is not a watercolor technique class. Instead, this is intended to give viewers broader, deeper understanding of the medium.
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After gaining an understanding of watercolor's long history, it's important to answer the most basic questions, such as What is paint? What is pigment? And what is a binder?
Once you understand exactly what paint is, it's helpful to know how the various paints compare to one another. In this video, we delve into how watercolor compares to other water media paints - specifically fresco, egg tempera, gouache, and acrylic. We also discuss how it compares to oil paint. One of the primary differences is the binder that each paint uses, which affects the application of the pigment. Through this comparison you will gain a better understanding for each paint's individual benefits and drawbacks.
Part of making watercolor a little more predictable is gaining an understanding of how individual pigments and their characteristics can influence paint performance. In this video, we discuss what the purpose of pigment is, how pigments vary, what they are made of, and how source material can impact the resulting paint.
Pigment particles also vary by size, which also has an influence on the application of paint to include being one of the primary causes of staining paint. In this video, we discuss pigments of the same size, pigments that are very small, pigments that are larger, and how these attributes affect the painting process.
Water is a critical part of the watercolor painting process. Without water, the medium wouldn't exist as we know it. We use water to thin the paint, to apply the paint, and to manipulate the paint. This section begins with a discussion of what water is as well as the affect of gravity on water and therefore paint.
One of water's more important properties is cohesion. It's what gives groupings of water molecules shape and keeps droplets seperate from one another. In this video, I give a thorough explanation of this phenomonon, how it results in surface tension, and how all of this can impact paint application.
Adhesion is responsible for water's attraction to a surface, including that of watercolor paper. This video explores the phenomonon and how it influences the painting process.
Thanks to technology, there are a number of painting surfaces to choose from when working with watercolor paints. The large portion of Section 5 is spent discussing paper, since watercolor paper is considered the industry standard and is what I recommend to those who are learning the medium. This video introduces the variety of surfaces and begins the discussion on how paper ingredients vary.
Papers vary in weight, and the various weights have an impact on the painting process as well as final presentation. In this video, we discuss how paper weight is determined and how it affects production.
Brushes are another very important tool. It's what we use to transfer the paint and connect the water and the pigment on the surface. In this video, we talk about how brushes are designed, what the bristles are made of and how that affects application. We also learn about brush shapes, brands I recommend, and criteria to look for.
Selecting your paints is a very individual decision, but there are some general guidelines that can be very helpful. In this video, we discuss primary color triads, earth tones, laying out your palette, and why watercolor painters don't typically use black or white. The video ends with some recommendations and suggestions.
You palette is where you store and mix your paints. In this video, we discuss some of the criteria to look for when choosing a palette.
Watercolor paints are sold in a variety of price ranges and quality levels. Is it truly necessary to spend extra money for a better brand of paint? In this lecture, we take a first-hand look at professional, student, and academic grade watercolor paints and how paint grade can impact results when painting.
The quality and brand of watercolor paper can have an enormous influence on painting results. It could mean the difference between success and failure. In this lecture, we examine professional, student, and academic grade watercolor papers and how they impact results when painting.