Watercolor: Methods and Techniques

There are so many exciting and different ways to approach a watercolor painting, but what are the best applications for all of these techniques? Come discover the limitless possibilities of this versatile medium. Working from both still-life objects, design exercises and photographs we will explore topics of color mixing, value and composition. Learn expressive brushwork, clear vibrant glazing, lifting, masking/ stencils, pour painting and spattering techniques that will give your paintings more energy and emotional impact.

What you will learn:

  • Brushstrokes and washes

  • Value and composition wash studies

  • Color mixing

  • Reserving whites, glazing, and layering

  • Lifting methods

  • Caran D’ache crayons and watercolor

Required supplies:

  • A water bucket/container

  • Brushes: Small round soft brush (#6), Medium round soft brush (#12), 1″ Flat Brush

  • Color wheel

  • Dry pastels or watercolor crayons

  • Eraser

  • Good quality watercolor paints either in tube form or pan form such as Winsor Newton, Van Gogh, Holbien, Sennilier. Have at least two shades of blue, red and yellow plus a brown and green. Some recommended shades: Cobalt Blue, Phathalo Blue- Winsor Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red, Bright rose, Quinacridone Red or Alizarin Crimson, Hansa Light or Auerolin Yellow, New Gamboge Burnt Seinna (brown) Sap green, Phthalo Green or Viridian

  • Good quality watercolor paper. 140lb weight or heavier. Many people like using paper with a cold press finish. This can be either sheets or blocks with a minimum size of 9” x 12”.

  • Gray scale

  • HB pencil and sharpener

  • Masking fluid

  • Paint mixing tray (this can be part of your paint set)

  • Painters tape

  • Rags

  • Sea sponge (optional)

  • Sketchbook

  • Spray bottle (optional)