Painting with Watercolors

Color your world with watercolors! Join expert Kateri Ewing in this comprehensive beginner's class as she helps you navigate all the basics you need to start painting with watercolors.
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Overview

Color your world with watercolors! Join expert Kateri Ewing in this comprehensive beginner's class as she helps you navigate all the basics. You'll explore a range of tools and supplies, essential techniques, plus hands-on demonstrations and so much more.

About

Kateri Ewing
Kateri Ewing

Watercolor can become like a new language that you can use to express your creativity across my subjects and styles.

For watercolorist Kateri Ewing, painting is all about capturing the awe she feels for the natural world. In preparation for painting, Kateri regularly walks and photographs the woods, meadows and waterways in two of her favorite places near her home in western New York state: Wyoming County and Knox Farm State Park. Kateri's passion for painting and drawing is infused in her teaching, and sharing her techniques with students of all ages is her favorite thing about being an artist. Kateri's original watercolors are currently represented by Meibohm Fine Arts.

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Trailer

What You Need: Watercolor Paints

01: What You Need: Watercolor Paints

Meet Kateri Ewing and ground yourself in the fundamentals of watercolor paint. Kateri examines key topics, including staining and granulating effects, lightfastness ratings, pigment numbers and more.

18 min
What You Need: Brushes

02: What You Need: Brushes

Kateri goes over the different types of brushes and their various qualities, including the best beginner-friendly ones, as well as care and storage instructions.

7 min
What You Need: Paper

03: What You Need: Paper

Explore the various aspects of paper and the formats it comes in, from pads and blocks to giant tearable sheets. Kateri helps you choose the right kind of paper for your project, then shows you how to stretch it to avoid warping and bubbling.

13 min
What You Need: Palettes & Extras

04: What You Need: Palettes & Extras

Kateri reviews the last few items you need to start painting, including palettes, erasers, masking fluid, easels and more.

14 min
Methods: Basic Brushstrokes

05: Methods: Basic Brushstrokes

Explore a number of mark-making techniques with two types of brushes: flat and round. Kateri demonstrates how to lift pigment, create sharp edges and make a variety of lines, including twisting, flat, thick-to-thin and more.

20 min
Methods: Washes

06: Methods: Washes

Harness the power of water and pigment for stunning results every time! Here, Kateri teaches you the basics of creating washes. Find out how to make, or avoid, blooms, how to fade edges and more.

40 min
Methods: Paint Application

07: Methods: Paint Application

Explore the two primary watercolor methods: wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry. See how to drop in and lift out color, use masking fluid or salt to create unique effects, and explore a dry-brush technique to create hard and soft edges.

37 min
Methods: Color Mixing

08: Methods: Color Mixing

Understand your colors so you can better predict and mix the shades you want! In this lesson, Kateri shows you how to create essential mixing tools: a color wheel, color chart and value scale.

22 min
Methods: Color Harmony

09: Methods: Color Harmony

Make the most of only six tubes of paint! Learn how pigments interact with one another to mix more luminous, harmonious colors. Then practice working with a limited palette to create triads and achieve clean results every time.

32 min
Projects: Basic Landscape

10: Projects: Basic Landscape

Watch as Kateri demonstrates painting a basic landscape step by step, including planning and selecting colors, breaking down the subject, foreground, middle ground and background, and adding final details.

29 min
Projects: Basic Seascape

11: Projects: Basic Seascape

Build on your skills by painting seascapes! See how to create new textures and shapes, such as rippling water, and apply masking fluid. Then practice lifting techniques to create waves, depth, drama and other final details.

21 min
Projects: Expressive Mixed Media

12: Projects: Expressive Mixed Media

Explore a more expressive, gestural watercolor style. Start by dropping color into a water glaze on paper and see if any shapes or subjects emerge. Then lift, push and pull the pigment to refine the shape, using colored pencils and pens to define your subject.

23 min
Projects: Botanical-Style Flower

13: Projects: Botanical-Style Flower

Put your wet-on-dry skills to work with a botanical-style painting! After planning and palette selection, move on to targeted water-glazing and color-dropping. Add depth and contour, then finish up with dry-brushing and final details.

44 min
Projects: Detailed Bird

14: Projects: Detailed Bird

Finally, create your most detailed work yet: a bird portrait. Begin with the eye, applying initial washes, then build the form, contrast and various textures. Finish up by adding a glazing wash and final details.

41 min