Watercolours With Confidence!
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Watercolours With Confidence!

Learn step by step how to paint beautiful watercolour artwork with confidence. Comprehensive course for beginners & up!
4.6 (101 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.
497 students enrolled
Created by Wendy Framst
Last updated 6/2020
English, French, 1 more
  • Spanish
Current price: $48.99 Original price: $69.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 10.5 hours on-demand video
  • 16 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Painting with watercolors is easier than commonly believed
  • You will gain confidence with watercolours through step by step instruction
  • You will have fun exploring how to apply paint to the paper in many creative ways, with many different brush types and other materials as well
  • You will learn different techniques such as “wet on wet” and dry-brushing
  • You will learn which supplies are the “must haves” and how to choose yours from a variety of options
  • How to achieve brilliant rich colours through layering techniques
  • How to make the most of the transparent quality of watercolour paint
  • Complete 4 projects, 5 activities and 8 assignments and as well as numerous hands on demonstrations
  • You will begin making small projects such as a bookmark and a greeting card and gradually work on larger and more complex projects as they gain confidence.
  • In the “Trouble-Shooting” section, you will learn how to fix common watercolour mistakes including blooms & drips
  • English, French & Spanish Captions/Subtitles. Hindi Captions/Subtitles coming soon
  • You will learn techniques to help preserve the white of the paper
  • How to paint crisp edges and how to soften edges
  • You will learn about primary, secondary and tertiary colours and how the colour wheel works
  • How to clean and care for your equipment
  • How to take an idea for a painting from inspiration through to completion
  • Learn to do ink and wash paintings
  • You will increase your art vocabulary through the use of art terms
  • Those who do not enjoy drawing can still have fun with painting
  • Students learn the meaning of “archival” and how to help their projects to last
  • Learn about “plein air” painting and will be shown supplies ideal for this painting method
  • How to stretch paper and rip paper to size
  • You will be given health and safety cautions
  • The most important thing is to have FUN! You will get to relax, splash some paint around, experiment to learn which colour combinations you like and see how many different ways you can make marks
  • Great for beginners. No prerequisites are required.
  • You don't need to know how to draw for this course. There are downloadable templates available in the online resources section that can be used for tracing if you wish.
  • You may simply want to paint along with me creating a new set of subjects and paintings, converting them into gifts such as bookmarks
  • Bring along a willingness to learn and try the fun projects in the course.

Hello! I am Wendy Framst. Welcome to Watercolours with Confidence.

If you have always thought watercolours were unpredictable and difficult to control then this is the course for you. I take out the mystery and show you very simply how watercolours behave with water on the paper.

I will demonstrate through simple exercises how watercolours can be a fun, wholesome and satisfying way of painting.

At your own pace, you will gain confidence by developing an understanding of the medium through very simple to gradually complex projects and activities.

In this watercolour course packed with over 10 hours of insights, tips and tricks, and valuable content you will be introduced in a step by step methodical way to watercolour materials, colour theory, techniques and methods used in painting with watercolours. This course is perfect to help you explore the medium at your own pace!

You will gain confidence through learning how common mistakes are made. You will learn how to fix them through our troubleshooting section, gaining confidence in using your tools effectively by doing easy activities and fun projects.

You will create projects that will inspire you to start experimenting yourself in no time at all.

You will learn which materials to get as well as some of the optional tools you can collect to make some fun effects. We also touch on how to keep costs low and quality high.

After being introduced to materials, you will be guided through how to paint a smooth wash and a variety of other mark making techniques. After the comprehensive introduction you will be guided through progressively more complex projects.

Each project builds on skills you were introduced to earlier and no steps are cut out.

Some of the later projects are a little larger and more complex, but include guidance about how to build up your skills until you are more comfortable with tackling a larger subject.

Although drawing is a great skill for any art form you do not need to know how to draw to gain confidence in this course

You will get to:

  • solidify fundamentals of watercolour painting

  • understand how to master the interaction between water, pigment on paper

  • learn how to fix issues including blooms (blossoms) and drips

  • learn how to use brushes and other tools to create various washes, edges and marks

  • practice and learn various techniques that will give you the necessary tools to help you become a confident watercolour artist

  • to learn how to make a bookmark and lovely little greeting cards

  • how to use photo references to create paintings

  • learn about colour theory and properties of various watercolour pigments

  • create varied projects and paintings that can be tailored to your own unique style

  • learn about fun materials to create lovely effects

  • and much much more …

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  • One Time Payment

  • 30 day money back guarantee

  • Watch Anytime / Anywhere

  • English, French and Spanish Captions/subtitles Hindi subtitles coming soon.

And I am with you every step of the way. You can message me any time you have questions or just don’t know how to proceed. And I would love to see your paintings and projects that you make as you paint along with me.

So let's splash some paint around, have some fun and get those brushes wet!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is ideal for people ages 10 and up who always wanted to learn how to paint with watercolours but did not know where to start.
  • If you always thought watercolours is difficult to control, then this is the course for you as I take you through steps to give you skills that will enable you to build your confidence gradually.
  • If you are curious about watercolours and want to try to see if they are for you
  • This can also be a great revision and a brush up on skills for more experienced watercolour artists
  • CAUTION: Younger children should have supervision when using certain optional cleaning materials including Rubbing Alcohol and Mr Clean Magic Eraser. These items form a very small part of this course. You can choose to skip these materials and their usage and still benefit greatly from the course.
Course content
Expand all 133 lectures 10:14:35
+ Introduction
6 lectures 14:22

The introduction lays out the course structure. 

Students can jump directly to the activities and exercises using materials they have on hand, or they can learn more about materials in order to gather the equipment that will best meet their needs. 

Preview 03:45
+ ACTIVITY: Let's Warm Up
1 lecture 07:55

Using whatever materials you already have on hand, let's start getting used to splashing water around and allowing the paint to travel across the page. 

After completing this unit, students understand how paint interacts with and travels where the water is. 

Preview 07:55
Hope you had fun doing the last activity. Now it's your chance to jump right in and get your brushes wet. Have some fun playing around with colours and water.
Play time ... your turn!
1 question
+ Main Materials
35 lectures 01:48:31

Students are cautioned on the risks of watercolour paints and other materials used in this course. 

Preview 01:57

Further emphasis is placed on the need to supervise children when using the optional materials:  rubbing alcohol or Mr Clean Magic eraser. 

These materials form only a small portion of the examples in this course and can be skipped entirely without diminishing the benefits of the course. 

Preview 00:38
PAINT: Ingredients
PAINT: Index Numbers & Different Brands
PAINT: Series Numbers
PAINT: Quality
PAINT: Granulating pigments
PAINT: How much to use
PAINT: Tubes, pans, etc
PAINT: Watercolour dries lighter
PAINT: Lightfastness
PAINT: Opacity
PAINT: Staining Properties
PAINT: Metallic Paints
PAINT: Summary

In this activity use a simple repeated triangle shape to further explore how to apply paint to the paper.  Students are challenged to create their own unique patterns. 

ACTIVITY: Simple Triangles
BRUSHES: parts and terminology
BRUSHES: for this course
BRUSH: Care and Cleaning

This is a hands on activity using a more complex shape to further develop brush control.  The end product is used to make a greeting card.   

ACTIVITY: Alex's Hearts - A simple greeting card
PAPER: Introduction
PAPER: Format
PAPER: Watercolour Books and Blocks
PAPER: Sizing
PAPER: Watermark
PAPER: Stretching
PAPER: Stretching Part 2
PAPER: Care and Handling
PAPER: Aftercare of paintings
Water containers
+ Optional Materials
20 lectures 53:51
Masking Fluid Introduction
Masking Fluid: How to use - Part 1
Masking Fluid: How to use - Part 2
Masking fluid remover

Hands on activity to demonstrate the use of masking fluid to preserve the white of the page.  Other optional techniques such as watercolour pencil crayons and toothbrush splatter are also incorporated. 

ACTIVITY: Sailboat Greeting Card Part 1 masking to preserve whites - Drawing
ACTIVITY: Sailboat - Part 2 Applying masking fluid
ACTIVITY: Sailboat - Part 3 Painting
ACTIVITY: Sailboat - Part 4 Painting additional detail
ACTIVITY: Sailboat - Part 5 Painting Waves
ACTIVITY: Sailboat - Part 6 Removing masking fluid
Paint along with me and post your Sailboat paintings here for sharing and critique.
Rock your boat: Preserving Whites
1 question
Pencils, Watercolour Pencils, Terry Cloth, Hair Dryer
Spray bottles
Kneaded eraser
Tracing paper
Key and Paint Tube Cap Opener

WARNING:  the technique using the Mr Clean Magic eraser requires adult supervision and is optional. 

Mr Clean & Tissues: Erase-lift paint from painting (REQUIRES ADULT SUPERVISION)

WARNING:  this technique requires adult supervision and is optional.

+ Mark Making and Texture
11 lectures 01:33:05
Mark Making: Dry on dry techniques
ACTIVITY: Snowflakes: Create texture and shapes with salt and masking fluid
ACTIVITY: Snowflakes: Create texture and shapes with salt & masking fluid Part 2
ACTIVITY: Snowflakes: Create texture and shapes with salt & masking fluid Part 3
Paint along with me in the snowflakes activity and share your results here.
Pass me the salt: Snowflake Practice Assigmment
2 questions
Stencilling including doilies
TEXTURE: Watercolour Pencil Crayons
TEXTURE: Saran Wrap
+ Washes
4 lectures 18:31
How to do a Smooth Wash: wet on wet
Graded Wash
How to do a Smooth (Flat Wash): Wet on Dry
Please do a flat wash and a graded wash and share your images here for fun and feedback.
Wash regularly ;)
2 questions
+ Circle Collage: Name the Technique
1 lecture 03:54

Students are shown sample collages of circles filled with techniques from earlier sections.  They are then tested on their recall of the techniques and encouraged to build collages of their own. 

Name the technique, then create your own Circle Collage
+ PROJECT: Majestic Mountains
11 lectures 01:12:27

Majestic Mountains is a layered project made of graded washes which are a wet on wet technique. 

Students learn how to create crisp edges while allowing the paint to flow through the water. 

This project uses one colour and reinforces the art term "Value", how light or dark something is. 

Preview 01:55
Majestic Mountains: 2 Materials, sky and first ridge line
Majestic Mountains: 3 Graded wash, second ridge line
Majestic Mountains: 4 Second ridgeline
Majestic Mountains: 5 Blossom and third ridge line
Majestic Mountains: 6 thicker graded wash
Majestic Mountains: 7 front right hand mountain
Majestic Mountains: 8 left hand mountains darker graded wash
Majestic Mountains: 9 finishing up final mountain bottom left hand side
Majestic Mountains: Summary

Samples of how the Majestic Mountains project can be adapted by adding further detail and colour are displayed and discussed.  Students are challenged to create their own variations on the project. 

Preview 01:59
I hope you enjoyed painting along with me! Please share a photo of your work. I can't wait to see them.
Majestic Mountains - Paint along & share your paintings!
1 question
+ Troubleshooting / Fixing Common Mistakes
10 lectures 26:04

This section demonstrates common mistakes and different ways to fix them. 

Troubleshooting: Introduction
Troubleshooting: Pencil Lines
Troubleshooting: Making an area darker and cropping a scratch mark
Troubleshooting: Lifting Stray Colour
Troubleshooting: Fixing Drips
Troubleshooting: Hard Lines
Troubleshooting: Hard Lines Continued
Troubleshooting: Fixing Blooms
Troubleshooting: Fixing a dried bloom
+ Colour Theory
8 lectures 47:12

The colour theory will describe primary, secondary, and tertiary colours and demonstrate the construction of a colour wheel. 

Students will learn about complementary and analogous colours and how the use of them will make colours pop or neutralize colours in their work. 

They will be introduced to warm and cool colours and how they can be used to help create the illusion of distance. 

Colour Theory: Definitions
Colour Theory: Primary colours and the Colour Wheel
Colour Theory: Secondary Colours
Colour Theory: Tertiary Colours
Colour Theory: Complementary and Analogous Colours

Students are introduced to colour triads.  **Optional additional challenge:  after viewing this section, try painting a simple scene with one colour triad, then paint the exact same scene using a different colour triad.  Share your findings! 

Colour Theory: Flip side of the colour wheel and Colour Palette
Colour Theory: Intensity / Chroma
Colour Theory: Colour Temperature