Master strong colors, curves, shape & shadow in 5 EASY STEPS
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Master strong colors, curves, shape & shadow in 5 EASY STEPS

Learn watercolor painting the easy way, without even noticing. no boring bits just fun & a colorful, finished picture.
3.8 (18 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,865 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2020
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Complete this watercolour picture in FIVE easy stages
  • Learn to plan an order of working
  • Learn how to get the most from your brushes
  • Learn about color values in watercolor
  • Learn how to lay a WASH
  • Paint a simple WOOD GRAIN effect
  • Learn how to use masking fluid/latex
  • Get some great tips on COMPOSITION
  • Learn how to create HIGHLIGHTS
  • How to create realistic SHADOWS
  • Learn how to MIX COLORS
  • Have fun while you learn to paint in watercolour
  • Watercolor paints
  • Watercolor paper
  • Two watercolour paint brushes, large and small. Details within the course
  • Mixing palette or plate
  • Masking fluid/latex
  • Absorbent kitchen paper and two jam jars for water.
  • Enthusiasm for being creative

An extra lecture has been added in response to a student's question.

This is a 'learn as you paint' workshop. In other words you will be learning how to paint with water colors as you actually paint a picture. Complete this bright and juicy picture of the strawberries on a plate and improve on you existing skills and learn others..

Follow each VIDEO DEMONSTRATION for the techniques to complete the painting. Relax and enjoy painting as and when it suits you and at your own pace, and see how well one of my students got on with the same picture at the end. 

At anytime you can post questions for any advice and also for feedback on your finished painting. 

There are also plenty additional notes, professional tips, and extra tuition notes which you can download to build you own 'theory' folder'. 

  • Why choose one of my courses?

    Because, as a self taught artist I understand how a lot of people feel about their creative work, sometimes anxious, sometimes overwhelmed and often that it's not 'good enough'. I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.

    I also have years of experience of teaching people of all levels both in person and via the internet.

    Do one of my courses and you will feel as if I am in the room with you every step of the way.

Enjoy your painting, love Nicola

Who this course is for:
  • Perfect for someone who paints in another media and wants to try watercolors.
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to use watercolor paints
  • Perfect for anyone who is uncertain about planning a painting in watercolour.
  • This will help those with shading and using strong colours
  • Great for a beginners to spread their wings
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 01:03:30
+ How to find your way around this Udemy course
2 lectures 04:06

This will save you time and frustration, just to understand how this platform works.

Preview 04:06

If you haven't already got you brushes and paints.

Where to get your materials and equipment.

Start my checking if you have a shop near you which supplies artist materials. Begin with your telephone directory. If getting to a supplier is difficult there are plenty of companies who have a presence on the internet and will ship in your own country or worldwide.

Below are three examples. If you know of another good resource please let me know and I will add it to the list in order to help other students.

For everything 'arty' based in the UK but they ship all over. I use them even in France:

For those of you in the USA and Australia I understand these are good resources too.:


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+ Let's get started on the painting
11 lectures 47:27

Make a start by getting the sketch onto your paper.

Baby Steps to Get You Started

Learn about one of the most used techniques in watercolor painting.

Preview 02:27

This is a new and more detailed video to demonstrate how you can paint a wood grain effect, easily, letting the brush and the paint do the work.

Preview 12:59

How to paint the plate.

Here I show you how to paint the shadows under and on the plate and explain the order of work.

How to paint the plate.

See how I paint the leaves on the fruit

Painting the Leaves

Now we can starting adding the fabulous red.

Painting the Strawberries - now we get to the juicy bit

Now really bring your painting to life.

Creating another Dimension with Realistic Shadows.

Now you can put the finishing touches to your first painting.

When you have finished, take ownership of it and sign it and start your own portfolio.

PLUS HERE ARE TWO FREE workshops to help reinforce what you have learned.

Forthcoming Attractions

Congratulations on Completing your First painting

I have added this BONUS LECTURE to help you progress with all the skills we have covered with this workshop.

You will learn more about creating texture with paint, colour mixing and brush techniques. So enjoy painting it and do post the result for us all to enjoy.

Moving in the same vien - Another plate, more fruit and a different composition
7 pages

Just for you.... a few extra links for you for other sites you may find useful.

Have Fun, love Nicola

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Answer True or False and see how much you now know about watercolour painting
5 questions