TIPS & TECHNIQUES

If you are new to watercolor, these short videos will help you feel more familiar with the medium.  These and other painting techniques will be covered in all the online lessons, until (with practice) they become second nature to you. Remember to

enjoy the process, no matter the results! Results come in time and with practice.  The process and experience is every bit as important as the results.  Treat yourself to some creative time!  It will strengthen you and stir good things in your heart! 

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BRUSH STROKES

SETTING UP YOUR PALETTE

SETTING UP YOUR WORKSTATION

CREATING COLOR

WATERCOLOR SUPPLIES

  • 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, I enjoy these colors:  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.  Of all your watercolor supplies, it is               most important to use good quality paper.  Cheaper paper tends to break up and give poor results. My favorite brands are Arches, Fabriano Artistico and Cheap Joe's 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. 2 script liner (or rigger  brush),  ¾” oval wash (optional)

  • Palette with a cover  ( I like John Pike's watercolor palette or Cheap Joe's Piggyback Palette)

  • Brush holder (to protect your brushes)

  • Water container (a small cup or bucket will do)

  • Plexiglass or foam core board (optional) to support your painting with artist's or masking tape

  • Color wheel (optional, you can find the color wheel on the internet for reference if you don't want to purchase one)

  • Pencil, white plastic eraser, kneaded eraser

  • Cellulose sponge, paper towels, tiny misting spray bottle, apron/old shirt to protect your clothing

  • Table top easel (optional, if you prefer to paint at a slight slant)

  • Bright workstation lamp

Watercolor Teacher

LEARN TO PAINT WITH YOUR

AT YOUR OWN PACE. IN YOUR OWN SPACE.