Learning watercolors itself can be a daunting task. But, to get better at it even as you practice can be quite limiting if you don’t know techniques and tricks that artists use in order to develop their skills.
These are resources for taking your talent to the next level. For example, if you like a certain niche or want to perfect particular techniques in watercolor, say brushstrokes, for example or perhaps you wish to make a portrait for your pet, these courses offer that advantage. Here talented artists share their watercolor skills with you and you can learn them from the comfort of your home.
I have listed these amazing resources from Craftsy to develop your talent. I would not suggest it to complete novices. It is better to have some knowledge of basic watercolor techniques to take full advantage of these courses.
The best part about them is that you can access them again and again and take the courses on your own schedule. You can also ask questions to the instructor and receive feedback.
- Simple & Stunning Watercolor Techniques by Mary Murphy – In this course, advanced watercolor techniques include underpainting, masking, choosing paints, brushes and paper, correcting mistakes and many more tips and tricks from the expert. Some basic composition ideas, creating texture and using gouche are expertly shown.
2. Watercolor Flower Bouquet by Mary Murphy- Another brilliant course if you wish to learn how to paint flowers. the good part is that she teaches colors and compositions as an important part of the process and does not directly delve into demonstrations. Finishing and “knowing when to finish” are important lessons covered.
3. Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor by Matt rota- This is a great starting point for pen and ink illustrations with watercolors. It is a difficult technique to master, but with time and practice can have amazing results.
4.Botanical Illustration: With Watercolor & Colored Pencils with Adele Rossetti- This is a good technique that many artists use for shading and highlighting without losing the subtle effects of watercolor. Like the artist has demonstrated it can be used to create realistic drawings by value study of light and dark and how to apply it while drawing. A lot of emphasis on precision and technique which is very important to develop painting skills.
5.Dynamic Detail in Pen, Ink & Watercolor by Steven Reddy
This is truly an amazing technique perfected and taught by Seattle-based artist Steven Reddy. There is less emphasis on technique and realistic drawings but rather a very stylised and illustration-type quality to this method of drawing. His course includes an amazing demonstration of this technique and I must say I was blown over by the end results.
6. Close-Up Flowers in Watercolor by Nan Carey
This is a good class for beginners. It covers some basic watercolor skills, so might be a good idea to try a hand at this course before jumping on the tougher lessons.
7. Watercolor Cards Made Simple by Deepti Malik-
This is a great class if you looking for tips and tricks to develop your personal style. Although this class is for making cards, the class shown here cover a lot of techniques include using stamps, distress inks and embossing. Something you will not cover in a traditional watercolor class.
Watercolor Cards Made Simple – $29.99
8. Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor by Shari Blaukopf
This is a great start to learn about urban sketching and if you want to get out and enjoy watercolors outside the studio. A peek at Shari’s books and her own preferences are a bonus in this course. There is a good section on expressing “something unique” that I especially liked about her class.
9. Nature in Watercolor: Painting Trees by Ronald Pratt- This is a good course to learn about composition especially in nature settings. His demonstration of the aspen tree covers use of masking fluid in watercolors, which could be a good class to learn to use it effectively.
10. Portraits in Watercolor by Matt Rota- This artist leaves you in awe of his skill. He makes the demonstration look so easy , but those are some incredibly fluid skills developed over years of practice.
11. Pet Portraits in Watercolor by Deb Watson
Deb Watson is an amazing pet portrait artist. There are a lot of things to gain from this course, which is useful even if you are not interested in making pet portraits. How to paint fur, eyes, transferring techniques, choosing photographs, composition and many more useful tips.
12. Painting With Water-Based Media: Acrylic, Watercolor & Gouache by Nina Weiss
This is an excellent course that demonstrates the uniqueness achieved by three water-based mediums- watercolors, acrylic and gouche. It also covers using watercolor pencils effcetively.
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