Exploring Watercolor Preclass

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.

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.

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.


All supplies easily accessible on one page at Ellen Hutson are in the picture grid below You won’t need to purchase everything….there are some that are optional, some critical:

    • HARDBORD in larger size than you want to paint in. to tape watercolor to, that is fine; you’ll also need TAPE to hold it in place. I recommend white despite using colors in these videos; you won’t have a color distraction to deal with. You can also tape it to your table but you cant lift or tilt it.
    • GRAPHITE PAPER: for transferring images.
    • KNEADED ERASER: recommended for erasing or lightening unnecessary lines.
    • BRUSH WASHER or 3 cups of water (one for clean, one for somewhat dirty, and one for filthy)
    • PALETTE: It’s included here for those that want one, and with halfpans (see video above), but you can easily use a white ceramic plate or a tile from the hardware store and save money for now.

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.


Please share your art! You can share homework and ask questions in our Student Facebook Group for all classes here at Art-Classes…please do join in and see the work of fellow students! Each month there’s a giveaway hosted in the group, so don’t miss out on your chance to win.

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I'm an artist, papercrafter, instructor, Youtuber - and all around creative geek! I love all the mediums and experimenting with styles. I especially love seeing others take a step on their own creative journey...whether for the first time, or leaping into new territory as a creative veteran!