The Secret to Painting Watercolors that Glow
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This course is designed for students who want to learn how to paint bold, glowing watercolor paintings.
I will show you step-by-step how I achieve deep, vibrant colors through glazing, as well as various other techniques including scrubbing and lifting, color mixing, visual harmony, and achieving realistic colors.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
I will paint a yellow rose from start to finish in 13 video lessons, and will provide you with a list of recommended materials, PLUS a printable outline of this rose so you can easily follow along.
The concepts I teach can be applied to anything--landscapes, still-life, figures--whatever your preferred painting subject, these techniques can improve your paintings.
This course can be taken by anyone interested in watercolor painting, from beginner to expert, however, if you want to learn how to paint a quick, loose watercolor, then this course is not for you: My methods require patience and multiple steps to achieve this glowing effect.
If you find this is not the course for you, I offer a 30-day money back guarantee, no questions asked.
This painting class contains videos of me doing the actual painting and I break down the process simply and easily. At the end is a video recap of each lesson with the techniques and colors used, for easy and quick reference.
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|Section 1: Introduction and Setup|
|Lecture 1||2 pages|
Meet me, your instructor! I will give you an overview of the course structure and let you know what you can expect to learn.
|Lecture 2||3 pages|
Downloadable PDF of the supplies I use in this painting and instructions on how to get set up before beginning.
|Lecture 3||1 page|
PDF outline of the rose that I will be painting in the demonstration. You are welcome to print it out for your own usage.
|Section 2: The Painting Process|
|I teach you how to get off to a good start from the very first wash of color, getting an even tone and planning out the highlights.|
In this lesson, I will show you how to add your first layer of shadows to start building dimension. You will learn how to blend and "blot" for a smooth wash of color.
Lesson 3 - Adding Orange to the Rose Petals
|I begin to add transparent red to the petals to enhance the layers beneath. Also, I will show you how to handle unwanted blooms and splotches--it's not the end of the world!|
|I begin painting the stem. I will show you how to make lively, lovely greens that aren't flat or boring. (Greens are a tricky color for beginning watercolor painters.)|
|In this lesson,I will teach you how to paint a background quickly without streaks. I mix my own grays to really make the bright petals pop off the page.|
You will learn how to glaze another layer of yellow to brighten the petals and visually blend the colors beneath for a more realistic effect.
|I begin fine-tuning the background colors to help the yellow petals stand out.I will show you how to do a second background glaze quickly while avoiding lifting the first layer.|
In this lesson, I explain and demonstrate how to lift areas of color off of the paper, and describe how it will help give a glowing effect in your final painting.
|I begin using a detail brush to add dimension and substance to the stem. Learn the colors I use to achieve realistic green shadows on the stem, and why plain water can be one of your most important tools|
|I add another crimson glaze to the petal tips to achieve more dimension and realism.
Continuing to paint, blend, and blot, the petals begin to come alive.
|Learn how to mix the right shadow colors for the petals, and how to apply them.. Find out why all pigments are not created equal, and how to blend these more difficult sedimentary colors.|
|Cleanup time! I demonstrate how to soften edges and lift final highlights to add form and an eye-catching final effect.|
|Section 3: Summary and Conclusion|
|I offer an under-two-minute recap of each step, including colors used and techniques applied, so you can easily and quickly refresh your memory without having to hunt for information in the longer videos.|
|Lecture 18||1 page|
This is where it ends! I offer parting words and encourage you to reach out and contact me.
I am a self-taught artist and I have been making art for over 30 years, and selling professionally for over a decade. I also work with children in the Montessori school system, where I get to provide one-on-one instruction, which is really satisfying for me.
My informal art education came from my mom (a terrific self-taught artist herself) as well as from various workshops, books, videos, and countless hours of experimentation and trial-and-error.
Whether I'm painting with watercolors, acrylics, oils, colored pencils or mixed media, I find great joy in playing with color to express myself. My art has been described as cheerful, bold, and whimsical.
I have painted everything from pet portraits, children's portraits, murals, faux finishes, children's book illustrations, greeting cards, and of course, fine art.
I have a strong desire to share the techniques I've learned with other creative spirits and to help encourage playfulness and enjoyment during the painting process.
My paintings and prints have sold to collectors around the country via my gallery presence as well as through online venues.
When I'm not making art I enjoy reading, spending time with my husband and two children, watching good movies, reading, taking long walks, and trout fishing.