Painting - you will paint this in 8 easy steps. Just copy me
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Paint this watercolour and learn to plan, identify problem areas, paint wet & loose & create details with confidence.
4.4 (4 ratings)
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966 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the benefits of a sound planning process to paint a landscape
  • Understand the concept of 'artist's license' and the flexibility it can afford you.
  • Be able to confidently achieve variety in colours with a limited palette
  • Discover the benefits of identifing problem areas and how to plan to solve them before you start painting the picture
  • Become comfortable with a variety of brush techniques and the versatility it can reward you with
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  • A full list of materials and equipment is available as a preview in Lecture FOUR
  • Students will be familiar with watercolour paints

Updated November 2016


Another fabulous watercolour painting workshop from Nicola for the aspiring artist to enjoy painting and to learn about this exciting painting medium as you go.

A workshop which I believe is suitable for all levels because I explain every step in my friendly teaching style. My slow and clear narration will help you understand each process, filmed in such a way, you will feel as if you are standing next to me.

All the information about what you will need and what you will learn is listed and every lecture covers a stage in the painting, stopping naturally, as you would to let your paint dry.

Watch each film, stopping as often as you like and working quietly at your own pace when it suits you. And remember the films are your's to look at time and again for guidance and inspiration.

Follow my instructions to the letter or take the bits that you want and make changes as you please. This painting workshop is to help you see what is possible to do with watercolour paints and to help give you the confidence to feel more comfortable when you plan and paint your own chosen subjects.

If there is anything which is not clear, all you have to do is send me a message or post your question in the discussion section. And do share you painting with us all in the course, it's great to see what is being painted, it encourages other students, boosts everyone's confidence and makes me feel the work has been worthwhile.

I am here to help you build your confidence and knowledge so you can get as much as you can from this rewarding pass time.

Enjoy your painting, Nicola

If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is suitable for anyone who has started to work with watercolour paints
  • Suitable for beginners and intermediate
  • This will help you plan your work better and be better able to make adjustments along the way
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
Finding your way around the Udemy platform for this course
2 Lectures 01:43

A short lecture with pictures showing you where to find the area to ask questions, make note, find extra information in resources etc.


1) How to find your way about

How to find where everything is
3 pages

I'll chat about this painting explaining why I chose.

You may find it helpful to just watch the course through to begin with it. Then get yourself set up with your paints and paper and make a start.

Preview 01:43
Let's take a look at our subject
2 Lectures 05:46

No matter what the subject is of your painting, take time to study it and ask your self a number of questions.

1 What is it that makes me want to paint this so that I have the interest to complete it ?


2 Can I emphasis the aspect I like in the painting?

3 What composition would show it off to it's best?

4 What possible challenges will I meet?

5 What aspects do I need to practise and work on before I start?

Take time now to consider the above and it will save you heartache later on.


1) Photo of the view

2) Photo of the building

Here's the subject

Here I'l show you exactly what you will need.


1) A list of the materials and equipment

Preview 01:31
Pick out the areas you will need to practice
2 Lectures 02:13

I am always telling my students to solve the painting problems before you get to them. I don't always follow my own advise so learn from my errors.

Areas I suggest you may want to try out on a separate piece of paper
1 page

Here we will look at the final composition and consider if the balance and proportions are pleasing. Do we need to change anything to get the most out of the subject.


1) Photo of the composition drawing

2) Photo of the building drwaing

Let's just walk through the composition.
Let's get cracking.
10 Lectures 01:07:40

I'll show you the colours I would suggest you use. If you don't have the exact ones just get as near as you can. And after all we all see colours differently and so do computer screens.


1) The painted colours with their names

2) A photo of the painting after the first was of colour to show you how pale I start

Begin painting - blocking in the first layer

Deciding where to start is sometimes a question of individual choice. However I would advise you, as always, to start with the palest colours, so here we will begin by putting in the distant landscape.

Always remember you are constantly checking your colour values and overall balance. Start pale and you can always add more colour later.

Layering more paint

I always like to gradually increase the density of colour very slowly all over the painting, a bit at a time.

Let's look at some of the detail

Here I start to work on the building in particular the roof. Considering different ways of tackling it.


1) A photo of a previous painting of the same subject

Preview 05:54

Keep checking you colours as you go along

Checking colour values and looking at the detail

Gradually increasing the detail.

Painting some more detail including the roof

Painting distant trees without leaves, quite a challenge.

Here is an excellent example of one aspect I didn't give enough forethought to before I got to painting it.

Always try out ideas for subjects before you get to them.

Adding more details and starting on the deciduous tree

Nearly at the end and the time when you need to decide if you've done enough.

More detail and we are nearly finished

The finished painting.

I hope you enjoyed doing this one and will want to do some more of my painting workshops.

Happy Painting, Nicola


1) The finished painting

Finishing off.

Some special resources and offers for you.

Happy painting, Nicola

Preview 00:54
Some of Nicola's TOP TIPS
5 Lectures 11:01

The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?

Happy Painting

Common Sense really...but just in case....

In response to student comments I have filmed this film, which I hope will help you with drawing and painting shadows.

Identify the light source and be consistent - that's the key

The secret of creating shadows - be consistent

If you have a mount or matt beyond salvation, cut it in two and use it to look at you work in progress. It helps you take a more objective view.

It will help you not only decide how you might want to frame it, but also to check for any changes you might want to make to the composition or colour values.

Using an adjustable mount to study your painting

Apart from cutting such a mount in two to use as an adjustable mount to look at your paintings, if it's slightly marked or has more serious are a few ideas to help revive it rather than discard it

Embellishing or disguising a marked or damaged mount

This will also work for other tubes....toothpaste, tomato paste etc.

How to get the paint back in the tube, honestly !
About the Instructor
Nicola A Blakemore
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Professional Artist, Teacher and Creative Entrepreneur

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'.

Well I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.

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

Here's a bit about me.

I originally trained as a graphic artist, and then followed a different career path working in the national media, travel and public relations in both London and Paris.

After sometime I returned to my creative roots full time, so to speak, and became a full time artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur.

The artist bit means I have worked in a variety of media, but am currently splashing about with watercolours. I love the magic they make when the pigments play with the water. And if you let them do their own thing, it's even better.

I have also painted murals in a child's bedroom or around a swimming pool, covering everything from fairies to Tuscan views. Painted furniture with decorative effects and designs and given walls specialist paint effects and stencils. All fun stuff for the discerning home owner

The teaching bit involved me teaching a 'Decorative Paint Effects' section of an interior design certificate course at Kidderminster College, Worcestershire, UK. Here they studied paint effects for walls and furniture, designing and cutting stencils, Period design elements and produced sample boards.

Then continuing the theme of teaching I have also tutored on many private workshops in the above subjects plus decoupage, gilding and trompe l'oeil (trick the eye painting).

Now, installed in the south of France I continue with all of the above but adding on-line courses to my creative portfolio. Flexibility is the name of the game in today's world

I have exhibited widely in the area.

Recently I was invited to plan and teach a creative summer school, offering a variety of artistic subjects, at one of the leading camping venues in the area. So, you never know some of these subjects might pop up as one of my courses on Udemy

I have had work featured in a national 'lifestyle' magazine and on BBC Radio 4 and Central TV in the UK