Watercolour Painting - Frequently Asked Questions
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Watercolour Painting - Frequently Asked Questions

If you are just starting out with watercolour painting here are some questions I get asked time and again.
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Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn some essential information about the materials and equipment.
  • Learn about some basic skills and techniques.
  • How to paint shadows.
  • Understand colour values
  • Learn how to move and lift your paint.
Requirements
  • You will need some watercolour paints, watercolor paper, brushes and a pot of water.
Description

If you have just started painting with watercolour paints you probably have lots of questions.

And even if you have been painting for a while you may have the same question pop up in your head every time you paint.

So I thought I would put together a short course featuring some of the 'frequently asked questions' along with any videos, pictures or documents to help you out.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER ?

It can be baffling when you start something new and you are wading your way through different products at different prices. What do you really need and what can wait.

YOU GET THE SAME PROBLEM COME UP TIME AND AGAIN ?

You're happily working you way along and then something really strange happens or you trip over the same old stumbling block.. Perhaps you can't get a colour dark enough or you put it in the wrong place and want to take it off. It can be frustrating.

A lot of of the problems can only be overcome with experience and practice. However from my years of teaching on painting holidays, online and with my events 'ASK Nicola' I have gathered the one that come up the most.

So here I am to answer them and offer some good basic advice.

Enjoy your painting, love Nicola.

Who this course is for:
  • Everyone who is starting with watercolour paints.
  • Also for those who have been painting but get repeat problems.
Course content
Expand all 15 lectures 01:29:47
+ Introduction
2 lectures 04:11

Please do this lecture, it could save you a lot of time and frustration.

PLEASE NOTE.

1 Each lecture will usually have a description ( please read ) and either a video or an article as content.

2 After the content there will be a 'resource' such as a PDF or picture where appropriate.

3 From time to time Udemy will offer my courses at a reduced price. When this happens please approach me directly for a coupon code for the same amount. That way I get to keep more of the revenue.

Contact me if you have any questions about the content.

Contact Student Support if you have any technical questions.

Thanks, love Nicola

Preview 04:06

Basic information for you to use as you wish.

A collection of PDF documents about all sort of painterly things.
00:05
+ Most frequently asked questions about materials and equipment.
6 lectures 28:29

I don't know what you do or don't know.

As a result of a question from a student I made this video.

Nicola how do I get the paint from the box onto the paper?
05:19

It's your choice.

It depend in what condition you are working, studio or outdoors, and how much paint you use.

Nicola watercolour paint come in tubes, pans and stick, which should I use?
04:55

So much choice.

As with paints and brushes it is most often a question of budget. I think the paper is probably the most important out of the three. Paper, then paints then brushes. You do have a certain control over HOW you use a brush if it isn't so good, but the other two, not so much.

Nicola what is the difference between all the different papers available
03:13

Budget is usually the deciding factor.

There is such a wide choice these days so take a good look around.

Nicola what sort of brushes should I use.
11:29

It doesn't matter whether you are left or right handed, your grip can make a difference.

I couldn't find the video in my file

How do you hold your brush - it could make a difference.
00:32

Experience and practice.

Just play with you paints, using different amounts of water and see what happens.

Preview 03:01
+ Most frequently asked questions about 'techniques.'
7 lectures 57:06

Getting these in the right place makes a HUGE difference.

You see them all the time but when it comes to getting them into your paintings it's a different matter.

The main thing is to make sure you know where your light is coming from because any shadows will be on the opposite side. If things are in a group remember the items will cast shadow onto each other.



Preview 08:14
Lifting off paint and adding more - you can still change your mind
05:04

Softening hard edges and layering paint.

When people start with watercolour they think that once the paint is on the paper there it must stay but remember it's called watercolour paints and you can still make changes.

Nicola can I soften a hard paint edge ? -part one.
10:34

Do this exercise to help practice using the paints.

Watercolour paints work very differently to what you may be used to. It's good to just play with them for a while to see how they perform. They have great flexibility.

Nicola can I soften a hard paint edge ? - part two?
10:41

See for yourself the difference.

Paying attention to colour values can make a real difference to a painting.

Have a go yourself using just one colour. Use this as your subject or find something tp work on.

Nicola what does the term 'colour values' mean?
09:37

Do this exercise to help practice using the paints.

Watercolour paints work very differently to what you may be used to. It's good to just play with them for a while to see how they perform. They have great flexibility.

Nicola is there an exercise I can do to fully understand 'colour values?'
11:50
BONUS LECTURE - MORE special stuff JUST for you.
01:06