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You Can Paint a Stunning Watercolor in Seven Easy Steps

Paint along with me and learn the secrets, tips and tricks to creating a stunning watercolor painting
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Created by Jean Lurssen
Last updated 7/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Create a good composition
Create a good ratio of values in a painting
Gain knowledge on color mixing
Use brushes and other materials to create textures in watercolor
Discover how to use highlights in a painting
Discover how to paint rounded tree trunks
Paint with more confidence
Create a stunning fall scene in seven easy steps
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  • Have a creative urge
  • Enthusiam for watercolor painting
  • watercolor paper
  • watercolor brushes
  • watercolor paints
  • masking fluid/latex
  • HB pencil
  • spray bottle
  • masking tape or clamps
  • two containers of water

Do you want to learn how to simplify your watercolor painting? Whether a beginner or an experienced painter wishing to learn new techniques, I will show you, in seven easy-to-follow steps, how to create a stunning fall landscape in watercolors. We won't be painting individual leaves, but rather, I will show you easy techniques to paint the impression of leaves that in my opinion, makes for a more interesting painting that leaves things for the eye to interpret. Paint along with me and create your own masterpiece for you to keep or maybe give as a gift to someone special.

Who is the target audience?
  • For anyone wanting to learn techniques on painting more loosely in watercolor
  • For all lovers of watercolor
  • For anyone who needs to learn how to plan a watercolor painting
  • Perfect for watercolorists wanting to brush up on their skills or learn a new technique
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 34:36
1 Lecture 00:55
The tools for creating your watercolor painting
1 Lecture 05:10
  • We will go over the materials needed for this course and learn the importance of choosing good quality paper and paints.
  • You can also download the complete painting guide for this course, which includes a list of the materials
Preview 05:10
Composing your painting
2 Lectures 06:23

We will go over some of the elements and principles of design of what constitutes a good composition and then start drawing in and masking out the tree trunks.

Preview 04:05

Laying down the first wash which sets the background lights for this Fall scene.
The Background Wash
Painting the impression of leaves
3 Lectures 12:40

Use this easy technique to add the impression of leaves.

Mixing your colors and adding the first stage of the leaves

Learn to analyze your painting and make fixes and adjustments as needed.

Making adjustments

Using a different technique, we add a few dark leaves to give the painting more depth

Mixing and adding the dark values to your painting
Painting the tree trunks
2 Lectures 09:28

Learn how to make your tree trunks appear rounded when adding the first layer of the aspen bark

Learn how to mix a nice grey and how to add the bark to the aspen trunks

The final touches - painting the branches and markings on the Aspen trees
About the Instructor
4.7 Average rating
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1,042 Students
4 Courses

The luminosity of watercolors is what fascinates and draws me to this medium. I like creating textures and continually try to stretch the boundaries of watercolor. I experiment with materials and media to get the results I want.

My paintings are influenced by the shapes in nature and the beautiful surroundings of Northern California and by my previous life living in England, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

I studied painting at the Rhodesian School of Art in Zimbabwe and for four years in California with master watercolorist, Jerry Stitt, AWS. I am a member of the Marin Society of Artists and take part in their juried exhibitions. I live in Marin County, California which has many unspoiled coastal areas, nature parks and trails that inspire many of my paintings.

My art has been bought by people in the USA, Switzerland, South Africa and the UK.

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