Beginners guide to watercolor painting, all you need to know
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Beginners guide to watercolor painting, all you need to know

I will teach you how to paint your own watercolor landscapes and sky paintings step by step FREE, easy style pro artist.
4.1 (59 ratings)
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1,712 students enrolled
Created by David Walker
Last updated 3/2020
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Produce your own watercolor painting of a beautiful sky landscape,using methods I have developed over 30 years of painting.
  • Confidently lay down clear water washes and color washes and let them dry properly
  • You will be able to mix colors on your paper and mix colors on your pallet
  • You will understand composition,that is the way a picture is constructed so it looks right,there are simple secrets which all artists use to make us like their work such as the golden section
  • There is a half hour video devoted to the HAKE brush,this shows you by painting a full picture using only the HAKE everything you need to know about it,you will come to love your HAKE,see the free preview video.
  • Feel confident enough to tackle my other,more advanced courses,
  • There is very little drawing involved here,the little bit that there is will introduce you to your pencil and putty rubber.
  • We will also approach art masking fluid,this is dealt with more in other courses,but you will make a start on this fantastic part of watercolor.
  • Absolutely no experience required,the first free video preview will explain which materials will be required
  • I use a 1 inch HAKE brush in most of my tutorials,these can be bought for about $5.00 US and are available worldwide
  • I use student colors in five or eight ml tubes,student colors are more than half the price of Artists colors and look just as nice
  • In this tutorial we use only 4 colors,these are lemon yellow,ultramarine (blue),alizarin crimson (red) and paynes grey.
  • I use just two other brushes,a number 1 rigger brush and a number 6 round brush,something similar is fine.
  • I use A three watercolor card,mine is called Bockingford but the important thing is the weight of the card,you should get one hundred and forty pound or 300 gsm,this figure is always on the front of the pad or in the description on line.
  • misc, other things,a roll of one inch masking tape,a board to stick your paper to and a soft pencil and putty rubber,all the equipment needed is available to buy online or from your local art supply shop.

From which watercolors and paint to which watercolor paper,I will start at the very beginning,I will assume that you know absolutely nothing about watercolor painting. At the end of this course you will be confident enough to create a beautiful watercolor sky and landscape, hang it on your wall or give it as a totally unique gift to friends or family. 

You will also be skilled enough to tackle my other courses in wet in wet watercolor techniques.

Using real time videos you will be taken,step by step through the basics of watercolor painting with a professional watercolor artist.

Right at the start of the course I will go through your watercolor painting tools and then we will get straight into mixing watercolor on the paper,this lesson will explain which watercolors make which,we only use 4 watercolors in this course so we won't get confused,you will be amazed at how many colors can be made from just 4. In fact,throughout all my courses I only ever use a maximum 8 colors!

There is a short section on your pencil,rubber and art masking fluid,these are dealt with more in later watercolor courses.

There is much use of my Hake brush through this course and I cant express to you how good this brush is,they are really inexpensive and I have had mine for about 15 years,it is still going strong. It does take practice but remember you can always go back and start again at the beginning of the course,believe me it is worth the effort. Also remember there is a half hour video dedicated solely to the hake,if you like you can watch this video in the free preview, if that video does not convince you about this watercolor brush,nothing will.

The second watercolor painting we do in this course is simply a water wash exercise which we turn into a watercolor landscape,again we practice washes with wet in wet techniques with the HAKE brush and also discover that the hake can draw trees and leaves.

In our final painting we depict a watercolor scene from just up the road where I live in North Wales,the mountains in the distance,the sky,the mid ground and the foreground. Don't worry if as a beginner this all sounds too much,I take you right through every stage step by step,the results some of my students get are absolutely superb and so will you.

Hope to see you soon and don't forget your watercolor Hake brush,


Art is such a beautiful way to express yourself and as a watercolor artist for over 30 years I can not urge you enough to give painting in watercolors a try,I never get bored with the effects of the colors on my paper,I still learn new techniques in my work every time I paint something,it is such a free and easy medium and it is well worth the time and effort you may invest.

To paint a watercolor picture is to escape into your own little world where nothing else matters and all your problems and worries can be forgotten, at least for a little while.

To give your own watercolor painting as a gift could not be more rewarding,I never get bored with the expression on the face of a friend or family member when I present them with an original watercolor painting which I have painted specially for them.

The medium of watercolor, for me, is the ultimate medium because even as a complete beginner you can achieve many effects using techniques which sometimes you are taught and sometimes you learn by complete accident which we call "happy accidents",such as when one color runs into another color and creates water marks or bleached paper,this is why sometimes I sit and watch the painting paint itself in front of my very eyes.

Of course now and then it does not work out as I wanted it to but all I have lost is a little bit of paint pigment,a piece of watercolor paper and a little time so I put that piece of paper to one side and start again!

Too many people have a go at painting with watercolors and think that they have to produce a perfect painting every time and they overwork the piece,desperate to get a finished painting to hang on their wall and of course they end up with a mess,get dispirited and give up announcing that they will never be an artist and so never paint again.

I would like to show these people the hundreds of watercolor paintings that didn't work out for me because without making mistakes you can't improve.I keep all my paintings good and bad and I look at the failures quite often,in these failed paintings there is quite often a part of the painting that I really like and I try to remember which technique,which colors I used,which brush made a particular mark on the paper so I can use these same techniques in my future watercolor paintings.

If I was stranded on a desert island,my watercolor kit would be the first thing I would wish for. 

Who this course is for:
  • The absolute beginner,someone who has always thought they would like to have a go at watercolor painting.
  • If you would like to free yourself up from taking days and weeks to paint a picture and make your paintings in just one or two sessions this is how to do that.
  • Someone with no experience who would like to gain the basics and use them through my other courses
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 03:16:49
+ Mixing colors
5 lectures 36:24
Watercolor foundation Lesson 1
Watercolor foundation Lesson 1b color and mixing
Watercolor foundation Lesson 1c color and mixing
Watercolor foundation Lesson 1d summing up
+ Understanding The Golden section and aerial perspective,Washes and Hake brush
2 lectures 16:09
Watercolor foundation course Lesson 2
Summary of the second section.
+ Painting your own watercolour sky and landscape
4 lectures 33:31
Watercolor foundation course Lesson 5
Watercolor foundation course Lesson 5a
Watercolor foundation course Lesson 5b
Course Summary
+ My 7 color palette Sorted
6 lectures 56:01
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
+ links
1 lecture 01:34

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bonus lecture
+ Archived lessons
1 lecture 12:49
Watercolor foundation course Lesson 1