Master Water Control To Level Up Your Watercolors

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1 hour, 5 minutes

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Course Description:

Not being able to balance the paint-to-water ratio in your painting can be REALLY frustrating. Luckily, Miranda Balogh is here to share her tips, tricks, and strategies that will help you understand the flow of water.

First, we’ll discuss what exactly water control is and where it comes from when painting with watercolors.  Then, we’ll discuss common problems beginning watercolor artists experience with both water and pigment. Finally, we’ll review your brush and common watercolor techniques before diving into two easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects.

By the time you finish this course, you’ll have an easier and more enjoyable experience while painting with watercolors because you’ll feel confident in your water control skills.

What You Will Learn:

  • What water control is
  • How to resolve common issues with water and pigment while painting
  • Understand your brush’s capacity for water
  • 5 common watercolor techniques

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Watercolor paper (cold pressed paper is recommended, 140-lb or 300-gsm)
  • 1 round brush
  • 1 flat, mop, or 3/4″ brush
  • Mixing well
  • Artist’s tape (painter’s tape)
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paper towels (or rags)
  • 2 jars of water
  • Heat tool (optional)

Explore Class Projects:

In this course, you’ll learn to create these amazing class projects, but more importantly, you’ll learn how to create your own pieces in the future.

This course is part of the Watercolor Academy

What’s In The Course?

  • 11 Videos (over 1 hour of content)
  • 2 Class Projects
  • Project Feedback (Optional)
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Meet Your Instructor:

Miranda Balogh

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Avatar Kolina Winburn
Posted 5 months ago
Water Control for the Win!

This course was so helpful. I’ve only been painting for a few months but water control is what I’ve been struggling with the most. Learning where the water came from was so eye opening and helpful!

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Avatar Mary Sharp
Posted 7 months ago
This was Fun!

I enjoyed learning about "Where the Water Is", something I'd never paused to think about before! I think I need more direct practice with that! I'm also glad she demonstrated what to do when one has too much water, how to get rid of it and how to also get rid of extra marks one didn't mean to paint!

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Avatar Lori
Posted 8 months ago
great hand's on work

I liked all the demos and trying skills along with the instructor

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Avatar Gail Prouse
Posted 9 months ago

This is the course that keeps on giving ! You use this in each and every painting you do , so I feel like I am continuously learning and evolving . Thank you Miranda! Gail

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Avatar Janet Gillis
Posted 10 months ago
Great Basic Course to Build Confidence

Miranda's courses always provide a lot of knowledge and skill building techniques. And more importantly, you end up with a beautiful little painting to hang on the wall.

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Avatar Debra Rogler
Posted 10 months ago
Good beginner course

I enjoyed the 2 very different projects.

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Avatar Jim Rose
Posted 1 year ago
Don't be afraid of too much water

I discovered that water can be as important in creating a color as the pigment choices are

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