Master dark washes painting a dramatic watercolour easily.
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Master dark washes painting a dramatic watercolour easily.

Learn as you watch me paint this exciting watercolour. Easy to follow, full of techniques challenges & rewards. Fun too
4.6 (6 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.
744 students enrolled
Last updated 11/2016
Price: $50
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Plan a painting with confidence
  • Learn how to identify possible problem areas and solve them in advance
  • Fully understand the need for practice
  • Use a wax resit and a spattering technique for added drama
  • Feel confident when using very dark colours
  • Use masking fluid to help create difficult shapes
  • Understand the extremely beneficial of negative space
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  • How to use watercolour paints
  • How to mix colours
  • How to use a small brush confidently
  • The colours are readily available in most paint boxes
  • A heavy watercolour paper 140 lbs or 300 grammes at least will be needed

Updated November 2016


So whose afraid of using strong colours?

Why you might choose this picture

*If you want to feel more confident using strong dark pigments, get started now.

*If you are looking to take your watercolour painting to the next level, this is for you.

*If you want to challenge yourself, step outside your comfort zone and add impact to your watercolour painting then look no further.

*If you want to work more loosely, use more water, use stronger pigments, you'll love this.

Let your watercolour painting talent blossom as you enjoy over two hours of LIVE ART that you can watch again, and again, and again. Just stand next to me as we chat about the picture, the colours and the techniques. It's all here.

Take what you learn here to other projects and expand your new found skills and excitement, letting your energy show in your work. AND you may find you are no longer afraid of 'the dark'

Each lecture explains simply every step of the way. I'm there to help you solve problems before you get to them and to help you discover more dynamic ways to paint with watercolours.

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?
  • This course will suit someone who is familiar with how watercolour paints work
  • It may be too challenging for the complete beginner
  • It will help those who want to add more drama to their painting
  • It will take the experienced painter to a new level
  • It wil certainly build confidence when working with strong pigments
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Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
Introduction, explanations and some information before you start
5 Lectures 16:28

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.

Where to find your downloads, ask questions etc

In this introductory video, I explain a little more about what you can expect from the 'painting adventure'.

A would also like to thank one of my students Graham Thompson for sharing his photograph with us and letting me use it for a painting. Thanks


A picture of my finished painting

A drawing before the painting which you can use as a tracing

Preview 01:37

Here I will be talking about the picture we are going to paint.

I will be explaining what attracted me to it and the various challenges that we will deal with during the painting process

Preview 06:32

Here I will explain how I decided to do the background, the colours I chose and the method of applying them.

I encourage you to do the same, taking a small piece of the same watercolour paper you will paint the picture on, and test out colours and methods.

Selecting the background colour

In this short video I go through the colours I used to paint the picture.

I also decided later on to add Ultramarine blue to the palette.

Preview 01:58
Experiment and practice - Copy then experiment
8 Lectures 39:52

Having made the decision about the colours to use, I now demonstrate how to apply the paint for the backgorund.

Painting the background

In this section I encourage you to do as I advise and that is to practice each item before you paint it in the picture.

It is better to solve any problems at this stage before you risk spoiling your work.

Practice after all makes perfect.

Checking the background

I believe the flower to be the most callenging part of the painting, so it's worth taking some time to make sure you have come up with the best method of tackling the subject.

Blue flowers -part one

Working on the next stage of the flowers.

Blue flowers - part two

Now lets look at how we are going to paint the pears.

Pear - part one

Now bring the pears to life. This is where you can really have some fun.

Pear - part two

How do you think we should paint the watering can, what colours and what special techique can we employ to make it look great.

Watering can

I changed my mind about which technique to use on the watering can.

In this video I show you how I used the splattering or spattering effect using a runny colour mix and a tooth brush.

REMEMBER - practise first.

Special effect on the watering can and more work on the pears
Now you have solved all your problems and practised, lets GET PAINTING
7 Lectures 29:14

Starting to add more colour to all the items.

REMEMBER : Always start pale, you can always go darker.

Applying some paint

Gradually building up the depth of colour.

Applying more paint and working on the pears

Noticing and making use of negative space can really help you see things more clearly.

Here you will look at the gaps and spaces between the objects. Next time you look at a group of objects look at the spaces between and it will help you define the shapes more easily.

Tackling the flowers - working with negative space

Using masking fluid will make things easier as you progress with the flowers. Take your time and remember to practise and keep testing you ideas.

More work on the flowers - using masking fluid

Always be careful when you remove masking fluid. Make sure the paint is absolutely dry, you fingerds dry and rub carefully so you don't lift the paper. If I have left the fluid on for a few days it can sometimes be difficult to remove.

The flowers have been the most challenging part of this painting.

What colour to use, how to get the shape right and getting to grips with the benefits of working with negative space.

I'm really looking forward to seeing some of your flowers. I be they'll be better than mine !

Masking fluid removed - darkening the flowers

Finally at the end.

What an adventure, one which has challenged me and I hope you have enjoyed and also learnt a lot from it.

In particular the need to spend time planning a painting and problem solving before you get on with the 'masterpiece.'

I'd love to see your work, even if it's just parts of the overall picture. So don't be shy and share it with us all within this course and I hope you have enjoyed it enough to leave me a kind review.

Happy Painting and see you again soon, Nicola


Some of Nicola's TOP TIPS
5 Lectures 11:01

The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?

Happy Painting

Common Sense really...but just in case....

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

The secret of creating shadows - be consistent

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.

Using an adjustable mount to study your painting

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 are a few ideas to help revive it rather than discard it

Embellishing or disguising a marked or damaged mount

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

How to get the paint back in the tube, honestly !
About the Instructor
Nicola A Blakemore
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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