Exploring Watercolor Pre-class
Welcome to class! I hope you’re as excited as I am…..let’s get going on preparing ourselves for the first lesson coming up! There is approximately an hour and a half worth of video posted here.
Video 1: Housekeeping (10:56)
In which I go over some intro information and supplies! More notes are below in the supply list, so be sure to read that as well. If you can’t watch the video below, click HERE.
Video 2: Setting up a Palette (5:57)
While you don’t NEED to set up a palette, I’m including this video in case you choose to do so. This palette (listed in supplies) can hold 12 full pans or 24 half pans – I’m using half-pans here. The hand out is in the resources section below. If you can’t watch the video below, click HERE.
Video 3: Making charts (11:42)
It’ll be helpful to make yourself a chart – a wheel can be good, but please do make yourself the gridded chart with paints you will be using during class. It will help to familiarize yourself with your paints, and especially if you have paint brands or other clors, this can help you get to know what you might substitute during lessons. The handouts mentioned in this are in the Resources section below. (Note these were done on my blog previously, so if you’ve been through this exercise, there’s nothing new here.) If you can’t watch the video below, click HERE to view it on YouTube.
Playlist: Watercolor Terminology (57:06)
The videos in the playlist below were created for Ellen Hutson’s channel; they’re all short ones and are really helpful for familiarizing yourself with (or reviewing) terminology you may hear during class. If you can’t see the videos below, click HERE to go watch on YouTube.
The practice-sized painting fits on a greeting card; I’ve folded a piece of watercolor paper in half for the card base, and popped the painted panel using dimens
All supplies easily accessible on one page at Ellen Hutson are HERE….you can just scroll through the page and add what you need to your cart. Some are low in stock due to manufacturers not being quick in shipping; but the coupon code is good til Dec 10 so you can use the code again later when it’s back in stock.
You won’t need to purchase everything on the page at EH….there are some that are options:
- KIT: You can purchase the special bundle that includes the paints, brushes, and a pad of paper. Note there’s an extra discount to bundle them up!
- PAINTS: I recommend the Daniel Smith set; you can choose to use another brand but I can’t promise they’ll work the same way. But feel free to try it – you can always upgrade supplies later!
- BRUSHES: I highly recommend the round 8 and round 12 for sure; for the flat brush get either the Silver OR the Cosmotop Spin brush. You don’t need both.
- REALLY HELPFUL:
- HARDBORD – if you have something you tape watercolor to, that is fine; you’ll also need TAPE to hold it in place. Yellow, green, or blue, whatever works for you.
- GRAPHITE PAPER: for transferring images.
- KNEADED ERASER: recommended for erasing or lightening unnecessary lines.
- VERY HELPFUL BUT NOT REQUIRED:
- WATER CUPS: Not necessary, but convenient. Use a couple cups so you can get progressively clean water as you paint.
- PALETTE: It’s included here for those that want one, along with half- and full-pans (see video above), but you can easily use a white ceramic plate or a tile from the hardware store.
The mats I’ve used are available at Amazon, or you can get them at any local art shop. Note the picture opening – and make sure your drawing is sized to fit. You’ll see what I mean in lesson 1.
One of the most relaxing mediums to watch is watercolor….the way the paint moves through the water can be positively mesmerizing! But one of the most frustrating activities for some people is actually trying to paint!
Set aside some time along with your preconceived notions about watercolor being a difficult medium. In this class, you’ll be walked through mixing basic colors – using a set of three warm colors, a red, yellow, and blue, and a set of three cool colors – a different red, yellow, and blue. Be amazed at how many different hues can be mixed by combining different colors together!
You also don’t need to know how to draw; you’ll learn how to transfer a photograph onto watercolor paper to be painted, then follow along with real-time videos to paint 5 basic fruits. A variety of techniques will be taught as you paint each one, techniques you can use in all kinds of paintings in your future!
Supplies are few – the 6 colors used are available in one small set, you’ll need a brush or two, some paper, and you can use a plate or tile instead of investing in a palette if you desire! See the supply list in the free preview lesson in the “curriculum” tab.
Join this class and see how relaxing it can be to watch color move – when it’s on your own paint brush!
- Lectures 7
- Duration 3 hours
- Skill level All level
- Language English
- Assessments Self
Exploring Watercolors Review
This fun class is perfect for beginners and even intermediates who want to hone their skills, especially if you've been away from the medium for a while. Sketches are included so drawing skills are not necessary, and I learned how mix and blend the necessary colors with a very minimal primary color selection. During the painting process Sandy explains why certain colors and techniques are used and encourages her students to experiment and discover on their own. After practicing the fruit paintings, I was so pleased with the outcomes that they are now framed and hanging in my kitchen. I am eager to take more watercolor classes with Sandy!