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
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
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 downloadable HERE. If you can’t watch the video below, click HERE.
Video 3: Making charts
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
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. They’re also shown in the picture grid below. You won’t need to purchase everything….there are some that are optional, some critical:
- KIT: You can purchase the special bundle that includes the paints, brushes, and a pad of paper. There’s a great 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.
- 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:
- BRUSH WASHER: 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.
Mats for your paintings
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.
- Pack of 25 11×14 White Picture Mats Mattes with White Core Bevel Cut for 8×10 Photo + Backing + Bags
Share your palette, your charts….or your favorite watercolors. Document on a blog post or in photos inside your phone where your skills are now – so you can revisit at the end of class and see what you’ve learned! Please remember not to share the original photos or any class resources – just your amazing artwork! 🙂
Join our Student Facebook Group with everyone taking classes here at Art-Classes, and share your work. See what others are doing – you’ll learn from seeing their work, and be able to give them your encouragment too!