Painting - you can. Just play & learn. I'll show you how.
4.5 (221 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,207 students enrolled
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add Painting - you can. Just play & learn. I'll show you how. to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

Painting - you can. Just play & learn. I'll show you how.

Painting in watercolour? Easy when you do this course? Relax and play and gain the confidence to paint by having fun.
4.5 (221 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,207 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Current price: $12 Original price: $75 Discount: 84% off
3 days left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

Training 5 or more people?

Get your team access to Udemy's top 2,000 courses anytime, anywhere.

Try Udemy for Business
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
View Curriculum
  • 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

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 the 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 belief' which inhibited them from enjoying a fun, relaxing, soothing and expressive creative pursuit.

Get ready to change that 'limiting belief' 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 (Nicola) 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 the pleasure of 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.

Who 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
Compare to Other Watercolor Painting Courses
Curriculum For This Course
54 Lectures
How to find your way around this Udemy course
1 Lecture 00:00

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.

Preview 3 pages
Follow one step at a time and enjoy learning to paint, I'll show you how.
4 Lectures 15:36

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.

Preview 02:17

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.


You will also find it helpful to have a wax candle, which we will use later on, some watercolour pencils and some masking fluid all of which can be obtained by your art supplier.


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

Preview 05:44

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

Preview 05:19

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

Preview 02:15
Let's Start
3 Lectures 07:21

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.

Start by Drawing a Very Simple Frame

Now this becomes more fun as you start colouring in.

Preview 03:08

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

This is just playing, no expectations, just make marks with your brushes and let the colours and the water do what ever THEY want to do. Don't try to control them too much.

Paint What comes into Your Head
Some ideas to make your painting more interesting.
3 Lectures 11:33

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

Get Creative

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

You Decide when it's Finished - not me, not your partner, you do

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

Doodling or Meditation ?
Now Create your First Painting - it's playtime.
9 Lectures 39:50

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.

Mixing Greens, a simple recipe because you make it as YOU want it

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.

Let's start at the beginning - A is for Apple

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

Preview 04:03

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.

Adding Depth of Colour and the Shadow

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.


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.

Now sketch the apple first - video 1

'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.

Continue with the painting - video 2

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,

Continue with the painting - video 3

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

So what have you discovered?
In answer to students questions - For those who had trouble with the apple
3 Lectures 22:25

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


Adding more colour.


Let's Paint MORE Fruit - because it's fairly easy.
5 Lectures 35:17

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

Cherries part 1

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.

Cherries part 2

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.

Cherries part 3

EXTRA VIDEO added Augsut 18 2015

Cherries part 4

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'.

Let's paint a bowl to put the fruit in
6 Lectures 34:12

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.

Create the bowl - part 1

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

Create the bowl - part 2 give it a pattern

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.

How to imagine and draw the fruit in the bowl

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.

Painting the fruit in the bowl - part 1

As always, start off painting with very thin colours.

Painting the fruit in the bowl - part 2

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

Painting the fruit in the bowl - part 3
Paint your own GREETING CARDS
8 Lectures 33:47

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.

Preview 03:04

Christmas Card Idea - Fir Trees

Thanksgiving card idea - part one

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.

Thanksgiving card idea - part two

The finished Thanksgiving card idea - part three

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 one

Snowman - part two

Snowman - part three
Start to build your knowledge about watercolour painting
8 Lectures 28:54

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.

What are Primary Colours Nicola? Reds and blues

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

What are Primary Colours Nicola? Reds and yellows

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.

How light and how dark can you get your colours ?

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

How translucent and staining are your colours/pigments

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.

Learn to look as well as to paint

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

Build your knowledge about all things to do with watercolour painting

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


Some background.

1 More Section
About the Instructor
Nicola A Blakemore
4.5 Average rating
394 Reviews
9,156 Students
19 Courses
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