HOW I TEACH
A VIDEO DEMONSTRATION (from blank paper to finished painting) that you can watch as many times as you want! Paint along with your online Watercolor Teacher, pause the video if you need more time, rewind if you need to see it again.
A PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD OF THE FINAL PAINTING
for your reference as you paint it.
A PRINTABLE LINE DRAWING OF THE PAINTING for you to trace (if you don’t draw). All line drawings are formatted for a finished 8 x 10” piece, but you can enlarge it if you’d like.
PAINT ALONG WITH ME
All you need to take these classes is a good internet connection, a computer, a printer, and watercolor supplies.
SUPPLIES YOU NEED
If you already have watercolor painting supplies, that’s great! There are brushes, paints and other supplies I like to use. I’m going to share a written list on this page, as well as a video of the supplies I recommend. The supplies you use can affect your experience and the outcome of your painting. Quality is better than quantity! But I understand everybody’s budget is different, so get started any way you can. Dive into watercolor!
Minimum 12-color set of paints in tubes (not pan paints)
My favorite brands are Daniel Smith, Holbein, and Winsor & Newton. If you’re buying individual tubes instead of a set, these colors are good:
Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Rose, Pthalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Sap Green, Hooker’s Green, Virdian, Indigo, Gamboge, Cadmium Orange, Paynes Gray, Opera, Neutral Tint, Cobalt Teal, Undersea Green.
Watercolor paper (at least 10” x 14” in size) 140# cold pressed
My favorite brands are Arches, Fabriano Artistico and Kilimanjaro
Watercolor brushes (natural/synthetic blend or all natural in a variety of sizes. I like Silver Brush Black Velvet brand)
No. 8 round, No. 12 round, No. 16 round, ¾” square wash (or flat), No. 4 script liner (or rigger brush), ¾” oval wash (or cat’s tongue)
Brush holder (to protect your brushes)
Palette with a cover and at least 15 wells for paint (I like John Pike’s palette or Cheap Joe’s Piggyback palette)
Plexiglass to support your painting, cut about four inches larger in both directions than the size of your paper
Artist’s tape (or masking tape), pencil, white plastic eraser, kneaded eraser
Cellulose sponge, Viva paper towels, tiny misting spray bottle
An apron or old shirt to protect your clothing
Table top easel (optional)
Bright workstation lamp