Watercolor Jumpstart class is an excellent start to a watercolor journey – or a supplement to one already begun!
It will be live soon for $34.99 — I don’t have an ETA for these new courses, as I’m waiting until the relaunch of this site. But I’m posting this now so you’ll be able to “get ready”!
Class is conducted within a sketchbook —much less intimidating than a giant blank sheet of paper. The lessons were designed to fill the sketchbook in a way that makes sense and will create a book with information that can be kept on-hand in a small format for years to come. Students will make their own sketchbook from a 22″ x 30″ sheet of watercolor paper, with instructions provided in the free PreClass lesson.
- Color Theory
- Color Mixing
- Water Management
- Making Marks
- Negative painting
- Mixed Edges
- Natural Colors
- Winter landscape
- Mountain landscape
See the video preview of class below, or click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.
The following is the PRECLASS lesson
In the following video is a discussion of class supplies that will be needed, and some optional items as well. The full supply list with links is at the end of this lesson page as well as in the PDF in the Resources section. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE.
Create your sketchbook (one or the other of these)
This folding method is NOT my design for a sketchbook, but is certainly a dream for a class like this! See the downloadable pdf in the Resources section below if written instructions would help as well. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE.
You may alternatively make one of Pearfleur’s sketchbooks from a 9×12 pad, see her gorgeous video below.
Watercolor Jumpstart Supplies
Below are links to the supplies for this class. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase, this site receives a small commission at no extra cost to you. Your support is much appreciated!
- Beginning Watercolor Supply Bundle (discounted group of items, not all needed for this course)
- Brushes: TIP – After filming class, I saw a genius tip to help with mixing: have 2 brushes to work with when mixing – so you aren’t rinsing away paint between dipping into pigments!
- Watercolor Paper:
- Watercolor Paints:
- Daniel Smith, Essentials 5ml Set of 6
- Includes: Hansa Yellow Light, Quinacridone Rose, Phthalo Blue – Green Shade, New Gamboge, Pyrrol Scarlet, French Ultramarine.
- You can use other brands of these colors; please get artist grade, not student grade (ie not Cotman).
- Note that if your yellow is called “sunshine” and red is “candy apple,” your paints are likely not artist grade; please do get the Essentials set. For other experimenting in class you are welcome to use whatever paints and colors you wish.
- Instructor’s Dot Chart includes her recommendations for paper crafters; the chart is dots of actual paint so you can try her colors. These were selected for crafty painters who do not really wish to mix colors, and on her YouTube videos they are often used straight from the pans for simplicity. In this class, many of these colors will be tested for more interesting mixing options; you do not need these but if you wish to set up an identical palette, these are the colors:
- Lemon Yellow
- Quinacridone Gold
- Permanent Yellow Deep
- Quinacridone Burnt Orange
- Transparent Pyrrol Orange
- Quinacridone Coral
- Quinacridone Pink
- Green Apatite Genuine
- Sap Green
- Phthalo Green – Blue Shade
- Ultramarine Turquoise
- Indanthrone Blue
- Phthalo Blue – Red Shade
- Manganese Blue Hue
- Carbazole Violet
- Pearlescent Shimmer
- Lunar Black
- Daniel Smith, Essentials 5ml Set of 6
- Palette is not required but recommended! Instructor uses this metal palette but a plastic one is okay too; be sure you have at least 3 decently sized mixing wells. (See a video on setting up a palette HERE)
- Spray bottles (or use an empty household spray bottle – make sure it’s clean!)
- Tools and more:
- Compass and protractor set – imperative for creating the color wheels
- Ruler – any kind.
- Be Creative Tape — strong tape recommended for assembly of the sketchbook
- Fingertip Fiskars Craft Knife or other xacto knife
- Ampersand Hardbord – if you wish to do exercises outside of the sketchbook you may want this)
- Sharpie marker
- Shown in the supply video but not used in class:
For those who love to swatch, you may desire these; if you want to stamp these instead of drawing the boxes as shown in class videos you are welcome to do so, but figuring out the box counts etc is up to you.
- Waffle Flower swatching stamps and dies:
- Stamping Tools:
- Waterproof black inks:
VERY important housekeeping stuff
You’re encouraged to share your work – however do NOT pass on the instruction handouts or materials to anyone else, as they are proprietary to this class. You may develop other art as jump-off ideas from lessons learned here, but you may not teach a class or produce a video reproducing content in this course, or in any other way make money on the content here.
Please do let your friends know about the class – post images from your sketchbook if desired on your social media, linking to this class so your friends can come join in the fun! You can also join our Student Facebook Group, filled with students from all classes here, and share your work and ask questions there. If sharing otherwise on Facebook or Instagram, use our #watercolorjumpstart hashtag and follow your fellow students —and instructor— sharing there as well!