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Watercolor Course

Class 1

Home practice

See Class Material in the Presentation above

1. Practice with mixing colors with water.

2. With different colors practice please to do flat washes and gradated washes.

3. Explore your paints. Do please  a color card with all colors of watercolor paints which you have.  Don't forget to  paint gradation to see dark and light of every color. Write down names of these paints on the color card.

Class 2

Home practice

See Class Material in the Presentation above

•Practice with flat washes and gradated washes with 1 color

•Practice with 2-3 colors gradated washes

•Test both types of paper

•Paint simple landscapes on your washes with 2-3 layers of watercolor

•Paint simple landscape like we did in class using different techniques

Class 3

Home practice

See Class Material in the Presentation above

•Practice with silhouette washes


•Take your illustration with leaves

•Draw on the top another branch with a few leaves.

•Do washes in the new leaves


•Create your own illustration with leaves and combine different washes with 1 layer and glazing technique

Class 3

Home practice

See Class Material in the Presentation above

  • Practice with all techniques – brush works and stamps

  • Do “Brush stamp flowers” and “Carrot”

  • Take your flower or plants and create illustration

Discover this sensuous, translucent and flowing medium! Allow yourself to be creative, playful, spontaneous, messy and have fun learning basic and experimental watercolour techniques. Enjoy practicing new skills in creating your unique landscape, still life or abstract pictures.

Supply List

On the first class, we will be talking about materials. If you are unsure about any of the items on this list we will discuss what they are, how they are used and what you should look for when buying them.

If you already have any supply for watercolor painting, please, bring them. All these supplies you can buy in Wyndham Art Supply.

  1. Masonite board or other board to tape paper (size 12x16” or bigger)

  2. Masking tape

  3. Watercolor palette (you can use a plastic or ceramic palette, or a simple white plate for palette. It’s very convenient to have a folding palette or a palette with a lid (plastic palette suitable for watercolour painting that can hold the paints as well as have a mixing area)

  4. Watercolour paper for exercises (suggested Canson 140lb, 9x12 pack of 30) or similar cold pressed.

  5. Watercolor Cotton paper:

Option 1 : Bee paper. You can find it in Michaels. Very good price with discount:

Option 2: quality cotton paper such as Arches, Saunders or Winsor & Newton, 140 lb., Cold Press. These papers come in full sheets (22x30”). You can cut your paper into the desired size and tape to a board. 1-2 sheets. (We need this paper after the first 2-3 classes. It’s no need to buy and bring this paper for the first classes. Please, don’t cut before class).

   6. Watercolor brushes - synthetic or natural hair - 2 round brushes (medium size #5-7 and large size #9-12) and a ¾” or 1” flat. A round is the traditional shape that comes to a point. Bring smaller brushes if you like to work in detail. (Good set of 6 synthetic brushes you can buy in IKEA children section.)

  7. Watercolor paints. Student quality paints – Cotman W&N/Van Gogh.

Any brand of Artist quality paints. Different brands can be mixed together.

Colors to start (names of paints Cotman W&N):

Lemon Yellow

Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Red

Alizarin Crimson


Phtalo Blue

Sap Green



(In addition: You can buy the cheap set of 12 watercolor paints “Revees”, “Staedtler” or “Prang” for exercises).

  8. Paper towel, B or HB pencil, white eraser or a kneaded eraser, water containers, small simple sketchbook.