Online Course – Getting Started in Watercolor

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If watercolor is something you have always wanted to try or if you have dabbled in it and find you have more questions than answers, GETTING STARTED IN WATERCOLOR is the class for you. Because of the interactive nature of the on-line format,  you learn far more than working from a book.

free-form wet-on-wet glazing

When you sign up you receive via email the course as a Word Document. The processes are explained in clear step-by-step projects.  The course is accompanied by 100 + photos of process and painting is  posted on a invitation site on  Shutterfly.  Explanations with each painting expand on the written directions.

two layers of free wet-on-wet practice

As you work on the projects, photograph your work and post them on line in your own Shutterfly album. Add titles, questions and comments.  Caroline reviews the examples, usually within the day, answers questions, makes observations or suggestions and offers encouragement. Additional conversations take place via email.

Exercise 1: Working Wet

learning to control the water on wet-on-wet


Exercise 2: More Wet on Wet


Exercise 3: Exploring Blooms

end of one layer of wet on wet but already says tulip fields


Exercise 4: Wet on wet with some planning


 Exercise 5: Wet on wet glazing

Exercise 6: Dry glazing


Exercise 7: Wet on wet glazing toward neutral

three layers showing layered wet-on-wet-wet glazing


Exercise 8: Exploring wet on wet glazing



Exercise 9:Making the white paper work for you

Exercise 10: A few daisies.




Anyone who tries these processes will  be more adapt at watercolor and at learning to see as an artist.

You need not know anything about watercolor before you start.

This course is also useful for the watercolorist who needs to review the fundamentals.




Please check with me if you have other equipment you prefer. You do not need the list of paints but please get Artist quality of whatever pigments you choose.  I strongly recommend the Arches paper.  It is the most forgiving.  And there are decent brushes that are not too expensive.  Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by using poor quality supplies!  Longer equipment discussions are included in the individual courses.

See May 2014 Technique Corner for more of a discussion of supplies.

Suggested equipment:

D’ARCHES WATERCOLOR PAPER, cold press, 90 or 140 lb.

#2 or 2B pencil
white eraser

2 pint or quart sized water containers
a roll of tissue
1″ clear-handled flat brush — such as
#10 pointed round brush — such as
ROBERT SIMMONS #10 or Skyflow, white sable 785

— such as Aqua Pro, or John Pike, or Steve Quiller’s with at least:
• burnt orange or burnt sienna
• a violet
in artist grade watercolor paint such as Daniel Smith, Winsor Newton, Da Vinci, Holbein.

Arrange your paints in a color wheel (ie rainbow).
I use Daniel Smith colors. Assuming you do not want to buy them all, besides the 6 listed above, first consider the hues highlighted in bold.
cobalt green
pthalo green, or Winsor green
cobalt teal blue
cerulean blue
pthalo blue, or Winsor blue
ultramarine blue
cobalt blue

ultramarine violet
quinacridone violet
quinacridone red or perylene red
quinacridone rose
cadmium red medium
Indian red
carolinespalettequinacridone burnt orange (or sienna)
perinone orange
quinacridone gold
cadmium yellow light, or Winsor yellow, or Hansa
green gold

Note: you do not want browns, blacks, white. The paper is the white and we mix luscious browns, blacks etc.

a large flat brush such as an 1 1/2″ or 2″ or larger.SKYFLOW is good but not necessary.
A lightweight board
tape or clips

Access to a digital camera!  You can photograph flat on the ground in sunlight or on the floor in strong interior light.

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