Relax & learn watercolour painting as you play. Just copy me

Painting in watercolour? Easy when you do this course? Relax and play and gain the confidence to paint by having fun.
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  • Lectures 64
  • Contents Video: 4 hours
    Other: 22 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

Course updated January 2016

March 3 2016 New lecture added at number '4' about how watercolour paints work as a result of a student's comment.

Many people would like to make art by painting, but many don't even try in their adult years because they 'believe' that they don't have a talent, don't know any technical stuff and more likely than not, somewhere along the line somebody told them they weren't any good at it.

So this created a 'limiting believe' which inhibited them from enjoying a fun, enlightening, soothing and expressive creative pursuit.

Get ready to change that 'limiting believe' and enjoy painting for it's own sake through this non threatening and friendly 'play - cedure'.

This is what one student posted in her blog :- 'I was so surprised to find that she started very simply, just playing with water and unmixed colors of paint. Slowly a beautiful patchwork of designs appeared on her page. Where borders and boundaries in the art were a bit blurred, she went in with a pen and neatened them up. Sometimes she chose to add designs with the pen and then paint over them, and other times she added swirls and triangles to the dried paint. With growing excitement I realized that this project was well within my comfort zone.'

With no one looking over your shoulder and no expectations you will find you are learning through play and gaining the confidence to do more. Most of all just enjoy doing it.

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

What are the requirements?

  • You will need to have an open mind.
  • The ability to trust yourself and just play.
  • Any old box of water soluble paints
  • A jam jar to hold water
  • A paint brush.
  • A fairly fine black felt tip pen, water soluble.
  • Some watercolour or thick drawing paper
  • You DON'T need to know any technical stuff

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Discover the pleasure you will get from playing with paint
  • You will soon learn it's easier than you thought.
  • Learn how painting can help you relax
  • See how easy it can be to paint a picture for yourself or as a gift
  • You will soon learn how your paints work
  • You will be able to paint a three dimensional object.
  • You will how to create highlights and shadows.
  • Before you know it you will be producing your first painting

What is the target audience?

  • Even if you have never painted before you will get enjoyment from this course.
  • This 'play-cedure' is for anyone who has never painted before but would like to try.
  • This 'play-cedure' is for anyone who has never painted before but who has always wanted to try
  • This is for everyone who wishes to explore their creativity, essential for well being.
  • It is for anyone who wishes to reduce their stress levels.
  • For all who wish to experience personal growth

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.
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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: How to find your way around this Udemy course
3 pages

Make sure you read the helpful information you can find in the Student Support section on Udemy. Below is the link to take you there. I have also added a simple guide to get you started.

https://support.udemy.com/?b_id=10797&t=636902

Section 2: Follow one step at a time and enjoy learning to paint, I'll show you how.
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So you think you can't paint? Let me explain how you can and how you can lay the foundations for a rewarding pass time with one step at a time.

05:44

You only need a basic box of watercolour paints, a brush and some paper. 

Where to get your supplies depends where you live. If you don't have an art supplies store near by, there are plenty of alternatives via the internet. See contents of Lecture 52.


RESOURCES:

See the PDFs to give you more information about paper and paints.

05:19

A student said they were having a problem with getting enough water and colour from the dry paints. I have therefore made this short film just in case anyone else is problems.

Article

If you aren't sure if this course is for you, read what someone else said about this course.

Section 3: Let's Start
01:33

This is the first of nine videos which take you from making your very first marks through to the colourful finish. Anyone can do it. Put aside any preconceived ideas about what 'art and painting' is supposed to be and enjoy yourself.

03:08

No this becomes more fun as you start colouring in.

02:40

Just go with the flow and do what ever YOU want.

Section 4: Some ideas to make your painting more interesting.
05:47

You decide what marks and shapes you want to make. There aren't any rules.

04:31

Keep on play, you'll know when it reaches the 'finished' stage. It only matters that you like it and enjoyed doing it.

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Here are a few ideas for the marks you can make.

Section 5: Now Create your First Painting - it's playtime.
05:25

By playing with your paints on your postcards, you have already been layering and mixing colours without thinking about. Now we are going to take it a step further and look at mixing different shades of greens, using what ever yellows, blues and greens you have in your paint box.

Make a little colour chart on a spare bit of paper and keep it as a handy reference.

02:34

This short video will show you how to get started on creating your first painting, of an apple. Starting as we did with the postcard, making the outlines.

04:03

This is all you have to do, take your time and follow me.

04:52

Here we will add more colour to the apple by adjusting the colour of the green and we will also cross hatch for the shadow.

01:28

I hope you are impressed with what you have achieved. From simply making marks, filling shapes with colours you have now completed your first painting of an object. Congratulations, and may it spur you on to do more.

05:35

I created this lecture in response to a comment from a student about using watercolour pencils instead of paint for this exercise. Watch the video and see the difference between the two different medium.

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If anything on this list isn't clear to you, just get in touch.

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More 'playing' with your paints. That's all you need to do at this stage.

Here's an idea. If you have some bits of paper you've been painting on and you think they are not going to have more done to them. Don't through them away, keep the bits for testing your colour mixing on or cut them into squares and move them about and make a mosaic. Then if you end up with something you like, stick them down and make a picture.

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If you fancy painting something else, take a look at this little painting I did of an apricot. Nothing too exciting, but look how beautifully the paints mix on the fruit and the marks they make, As there were two sources of light, that created two shadows and you can almost feel the bloom on the skin.

Have a play.

06:44

I have added this lecture in response to a comment that it would be nice to see me do a painting without the heavy pen outline as in the painting of the apricot in Lecture 15.

So,I have done the apple again, like the other one, but also with a painted shadow rather than a cross hatched pen shadow. The painting is in three videos, here and also lectures 17 and 18.

The process of painting this again will help you enormously in understanding how your paints work.

I will post another lecture shortly, with more fruit idea using different techniques, eventually enabling you to follow me painting a still life.

09:24

'A' is for apple and you may think this is too simple, but you will learn a lot and it will give you a good grounding as you learn more.

First draw the simple shape of an apple then:

* Learn how to mix the correct green.

* See how easy it is to create highlights.

* Paint realistic shadows.

* Make your painting look three dimensional.

Finally add the touches to make you want to pick it up and bite into it.

04:10

From drawing a simple shape of the apple, then go on to paint it and make it look real enough to puck up an bite into,

Section 6: In answer to students questions - For those who had trouble with the apple
08:30

I have added these videos for those who posted that they were having trouble getting the effect they wanted.

I have specifically commented on certain things such as blending and paper problems.


REMEMBER : Different makes of paints and different paper will all give you different results, just keep practising and you'll be fine

07:55

Adding more colour.

HAVE ANOTHER GO -part 3
06:00
Section 7: Let's Paint MORE Fruit - Trust me it's EASY.
07:51

NEW IMPROVED VIDEO uploaded August 18 2015

One of my favourite fruits to paint. Why? Because they come in lots of different colours and are fun and super EASY to paint. Such fun you will not be able to stop !

Here I demonstrate and create a composition as a stand alone painting.

I've uploaded lots of my cherry paintings, most of which I have sold. Take look at them to get ideas for adding cherries to your fruit still life or just making a painting of them on their own. What ever, have fun and keep learning

07:21

I would like to apologize for the tripod leg you can see in the video, I will do this video again soon.

Trying mixing different shades of red with whatever you have in you paintbox, using different reds and blues.

06:57

NEW IMPROVED VIDEO uploaded August 18 2015


Just keep playing with different colours and maybe with more or less water in the mix. Play around with the shadows too.

I have added the final picture in the resource section and I hope you will let me see your finished painting.

07:30

EXTRA VIDEO added Augsut 18 2015

05:38

So you have already painted an apple and some cherries, now you are going to add a lemon to your fruit salad. You will learn a useful technique called 'using a resist'.

Section 8: Let's paint a bowl to put the fruit in
06:59

Let's start with the bowl, you can make it what ever shape you like and learn a bit about perspective as well.. I'll show you how.

05:47

This is where you can add a pattern to your bowl by using a special affect with a stencil and an old toothbrush.

This is just one of the techniques you will learn in my new course 'Watercolour Painting Special Effects - MUST HAVE for artists'. If you haven't already joined why not? Message me for details

05:20

This video shows you exactly how I go about doing this. It illustrates a thinking process and way of working which will make it easier to draw any object and make it look believable in relationship to other objects. For example as in a still life.

04:56

If you are not sure about doing this, just get a bowl and put some fruit in it and look carefully at how the pieces sit in the bowl and the shadows they create.

07:48

As always, start off painting with very thin colours.

03:22

Gradually adding more colour and shadows to what is a 'practice' price, just a watercolour sketch

Section 9: Paint your own GREETING CARDS
03:04

I know not all of my students will have the need for Christmas cards, but with the December 25 not being far away it seems a good starting point.

Don't forget there are plenty of other times when you might want to send a greeting card. This lecture will also give you ideas about producing them.

Christmas Card Idea - Fir Trees
06:12
Thanksgiving card idea - part one
06:02
06:05

Let the paint dry and then come back to do a bit more. If you wanted to paint more than one at a time, place tham in a line and work each stage on one after the other. A simple production line.

The finished Thanksgiving card idea - part three
00:54
03:47

Paint this simple little snowman, sitting in the snow set against a winter sky and falling snow.

You will need some masking fluid to do this one.

Snowman - part two
06:14
Snowman - part three
01:29
Section 10: Start to build your knowledge about watercolour painting
00:56

I have to confess I did this very short video as a bit of a joke. Some of you may know that there was a new film out on this date, a steamy story and the title was 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. So that's why I did this.

But it still demonstrates, just about, one of the important lessons in watercolour painting, which many people forget. Getting some contrast in your work. I didn't quite get 50 shades, but I had a good try.

Now your mission is to take any colour you like from your paints and see how many shades you can get. Start by just adding a very little amount of paint to a puddle of water and then gradually add more and more paint until the colour is really intense.

Let me know or post your findings on our Facebook page Painting with Nicola

07:11

Well of course you know about this !

But it's always good to remind ourselves of the basics from time to time.

So do this next little postcard and play around with as many blues and reds as you have in your paint box and write the names beside each one to remind you and add the page you you reference collection. Or shall we start calling it a portfolio.

05:13

You know this really, but here it is to make sure.

02:35

Work your way through your paint box or tubes by making this chart to see how intense a pigment can be and how light you can make it.

Remember the more water you add the paler the colour, and this is where you can bring more impact to your work. We call these differences 'colour values', see Lecture 33.

I explain it to my students by relating to the weather. 'You would not appreciate the sunny days if you didn't have the damp and dark days.' You need to have intense or dark colours on your painting so they we show up the light areas. Such as the way we would want to paint shadows to show there is sunshine.

03:21

This is something that will come in useful later on as you become more accomplished with your painting. But if you are an absolute beginner, it's good to be aware of it now.

You may already have discovered this to an extent when you were painting your postcards.

Enjoy seeing what happens and post your findings if you wish

Resource: A photo of my chart

07:04

As I continue to help you build your knowledge about painting here I am adding a short film to show you some of the scenery where I live and to ask you to consider, if you were going to do a painting of the view, how would you go about it.

We have been using still life so far as your learning subject matter, now consider something different. Take a look at this and see what ideas occur to you.

What would be your composition?

What colours would you select?

How would you plan the painting process?

What special painting effects and techniques might you choose?

These are all question you can ask yourself when ever you look at any subject.

Enjoy the view and if you decide to paint a picture don't forget to share it.

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In response to a student's question I have uploaded this document to tell you something about the marvellous paper.


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Extra resources for you as advised by the clever people at Udemy.

If you have any more to add, please let me know, thanks Nicola

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Some background.

Section 11: Let's call them a few TOP TIPS
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The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?

Happy Painting

04:53

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

01:40

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.

01:38

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 damage.here are a few ideas to help revive it rather than discard it

01:30

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

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A few of the reviews about this course.

02:35

Just a conclusion to the extra apple videos.

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It's hard to write a conclusion to a course which continues to develop and grow, so I will just say even when you have gone through to the end, check in now and then to see what may have changed.

I may re film a video or expand on a lecture, so it's always worth taking another look.

Also keep in touch with the Facebook group for news and inspiration from me and your fellow students.

Whatever you do......keep painting, enjoying the process and observing.

Happy Painting, Nicola

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Just for fun I have found an 'art' related puzzle for you to print off and enjoy at your leisure. It contains lots of art terms, so you will be expanding your knowledge as you do it.

Section 12: EXTRAS
02:22

This extra section and lecture has come about because of the great dialogue and exchange of ideas between students in our FB group 'Painting with Nicola'. If you haven't joined yet, what are you waiting for ?

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Instructor Biography

Nicola A Blakemore, 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

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Society of All Artists.

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