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Watercolor painting for the complete beginner - First steps

Start painting in watercolors with this easy guide to the basic techniques. All you need to paint your first pictures.
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Created by Andy Walker
Last updated 6/2015
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What Will I Learn?
​At the end of the course you will have learned all the basics of watercolor painting, and you will have created two amazing paintings in watercolors.
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  • There is a short list of materials you will need included in the course. You can watch the video about materials free by clicking on the PREVIEW button on the course curriculum below.

The course is for anyone who wants to learn to paint in watercolors but who does not know where to begin. At the start of the course I will show you what materials you will need, and how to set up a palette with colors. I keep these materials to a bare minimum so that it won't cost you the earth! There is then an exercise in mixing paint with water that will teach you how to get dark and light shades of the same color. Next you will learn how to lay down a flat wash and a wet-in-wet wash of color. These are things that you will do in all your paintings in the future and so are important to learn right from the start. At this stage we put all this together into an abstract painting.

The course continues with an exploration of the different marks that our brushes can make, and this will show you how to get great freedom and life into your paintings. We finish up with a landscape painting, shown step-by-step, which uses all these techniques put together.

Enroll on this course now and within an hour or two you will be familiar with all the basic techniques of watercolor painting, and you will have confidence to start painting for yourself. And there is no risk involved - there is a 30 day money back guarantee if you find it is not what you are looking for!

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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 12 Lectures Collapse All 12 Lectures 51:36
3 Lectures 12:44

Here I will show you the paints, paper, brushes and few other bits and pieces that you will need. I've tried to keep it to a bare minimum to save you money!

Preview 10:28

Download the materials list here.

Preview 3 pages

Find out the best layout for your colors in your palette that will make color mixing a doddle!

Laying out your palette
Mixing paint and water
4 Lectures 14:30

Learn how to get the right depth of color and how to control your runaway paint.

Getting the right mix

Washes are the basic tool of watercolor painting. Find out here how to lay down a perfect wash every time.

Preview 03:22

Cauliflowers are a common problem in watercolor painting. Find out what they are and how to avoid them.

Wet-in-wet washes

Use flat washes and wet-in-wet washes to create a lively and fun abstract painting!

Paint an Abstract Painting
Making marks
1 Lecture 04:20

Learn how to hold and use a variety of brushes to make amazing marks and shapes.

Preview 04:20
Putting it all together
1 Lecture 12:39
Let's paint a picture
What next?
3 Lectures 02:23

What next? How can I continue to learn to paint in watercolors? Take a look at the accompanying pdf to see what I recommend.

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Find out how to mix colors

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About the Instructor
4.4 Average rating
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2,612 Students
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Art teacher and artist

I have taught painting for many years, both in adult education classes and also over the internet. Through my online courses I have taught over three thousand students to paint since 2005. I have lead a number of painting holidays in the UK and overseas, and for a short time I was an instructor with Derwent Pencils. For five years I worked in ceramics, painting large tiled wall murals to commission.

I am originally from England, but now live in southern Spain with my lovely wife and two dogs.

My interest in painting goes back to my childhood, and I have learned throughout my life the skills and ideas that have kept me in employment and which I now hope to pass on to you. I love working in watercolors, and also in oils and acrylics. Each of these requires a different way of working, but I always aim to keep my paintings lively and fresh. I always want to convey something of the heart to anyone looking at my paintings.

The exercises and painting projects in my courses have all been thoroughly tested over time and proved to work well, and I am constantly amazed at the speed at which students improve. I hope you enjoy learning with me!

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