The Secret to Painting Watercolors that Glow

Simple techniques that will make your watercolor paintings pop! Start learning today and improve your next painting.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
    Other: 7 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

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:

  • Use the right color combinations to make your subject stand out.
  • Create a quick and richly colored background without masking.
  • Glaze multiple layers of colors to create a rich and realistic effect.
  • Effectively "paint" with plain water.
  • Mix your own luminous grays, greens, and oranges (notoriously tricky to get right!)
  • Fix minor problems such as blooms easily.
  • Glaze and lift repeatedly until you are satisfied with the resulting color.

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.



What are the requirements?

  • Students will need a quarter-sheet of watercolor paper, three round watercolor brushes in assorted sizes, watercolor paints, masking tape, and a sturdy board. Specific materials are listed in the downloadable PDF that accompanies this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create watercolor paintings with more vibrancy and colors that glow! Lecture breakdown is as follows:
  • Setting up: I offer a PDF supply list of the materials I use, and instructions for getting yourself ready for the painting process. I also provide an outline of the rose that you can print out if you wish. along with instructions on how to trace it onto your watercolor paper.
  • Lesson 1: I show you tips for getting off to a good start with the very first wash of color, getting an even tone and planning highlights.
  • Lesson 2: You will learn how to lay the first shadow areas to attain subtle color shifts by blending and blotting.
  • Lesson 3: Learn why using the right orange is important! How to mix it and apply it to maintain vibrant transparency on the rose petals. I also explain how to use and maintain the right amount of water on your brush.
  • Lesson 4: Getting Bold! Adding a transparent red to the petals to enhance the layers beneath. Also, how to handle unwanted blooms--it's not the end of the world!
  • Lesson 5: Beginning 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 watercolorists.)
  • Lesson 6: I will teach you how to paint a background quickly without streaks or blooms. I mix my own grays to really make the bright petals pop off the page.
  • Lesson 7: 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.
  • Lesson 8: Fine-tuning the background shade to really complement the yellow petals. Learn how to do a second background glaze quickly while avoiding lifting the first layer.
  • Lesson 9: I introduce you to the "lifting" technique, and explain how and why it will actually make your final painting more vibrant.
  • Lesson 10: 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. Learn why plain water can be one of your most important tools.p
  • Lesson 11: Getting close to the end! Adding another crimson glaze to the petal tips to achieve more dimension and realism.
  • Lesson 12: 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.
  • Lesson 13: Cleanup time! Softening edges and lifting final highlights to add form and an eye-catching final effect.
  • 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.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for watercolor painters at any level who want to learn some new techniques that can improve their paintings immediately. Even beginners will learn many core concepts that can be applied to their paintings for immediate improvement.
  • This course is not for those who want to make a half-hour, loose watercolor painting. There is nothing wrong with this style of painting, but the techniques I teach in this course require patience and precision.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction and Setup
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.

3 pages

Downloadable PDF of the supplies I use in this painting and instructions on how to get set up before beginning.

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
02:33
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.
07:31

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
14:24
06:25
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!
06:53
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.)
09:52
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.
07:21

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.

02:08
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.
12:28

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.

10:47
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
09:46
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.

08:20
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.
05:51
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
01:48
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.
1 page

This is where it ends! I offer parting words and encourage you to reach out and contact me.

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Instructor Biography

Aura Lesnjak, Fine Artist and Educator

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.

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