Watercolor Layering: 5 Tips For Creating Depth, Intensity, And Color

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Course Level:
Beginner

Total Run Time:
52 minutes

Total Videos:
11


Course Description:

One of the most important skills you can learn as a watercolor artist is how to layer your watercolors. Most new watercolorists overlook this essential skill and end up frustrated with their work because it doesn’t turn out the way they expected. The truth is, watercolor is meant to be layered – like, a lot.

If you try to create a painting with only a few layers, you will end up with something that is flat and lacks contrast or visual complexity. Layering adds immense depth, color intensity, and deep contrast that you can’t get any other way with this medium.

This course will walk you through the basic steps to layering, as well as my five best tips for layering effectively and two projects that focus on layering.

What You Will Learn:

  • What layering is and why it is important
  • How to layer watercolors
  • 5 tips for layering effectively
  • 2 paint-along projects utilizing layering

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Large paintbrush
  • Watercolor paint
  • Masking tape
  • 2 jars of water
  • Cotton rag (or paper towels)
  • 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
  • 2 Class Projects
  • Project Feedback (Optional)
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 52 minutes

Meet Your Instructor:

Shelby Abrahamsen

Blogger at LittleCoffeeFox.com

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Avatar Mary Sharp
Posted 4 months ago
Layering is the magic

I didn't realize just how important layering is to making watercolor paintings glow. Now I see it for myself, and I really loved watching the circles transform as we continued adding more layers of paint. It was fun!

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Avatar Jim Rose
Posted 7 months ago
Layering is an important basic.

As a beginning beginner, I didn't know what to expect but followed along like a good student only to really appreciate the importance of layering while working on my final projects.

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Avatar Janet Gillis
Posted 7 months ago
Important Skill to Master

This course is vital for everyone learning watercolor. The layer technique is well explained and demonstrated. You'll be glad you took this course.

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Avatar Debra Rogler
Posted 7 months ago
Good basic course

It helped me get the hang of washes. I particularly like the wet on wet due to the varied results.

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Avatar kit_erinsen
Posted 9 months ago
Extremely worth it

I absolutely loved the layering breakdowns in this course and found the exercises very helpful. I’ve never had as concise and breakdown on watercolor layering before.

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Avatar dlcosper
Posted 10 months ago
Lots of tips

This was full of helpful tips for layering. It helped me understand why I've been having issues with my blending. The biggest tip is be patient.

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Avatar Tayler
Posted 10 months ago
Super helpful and fun!

AMAZING course! This taught me so much. I really liked the projects that Shelby gave, they were super simple shapes but the power the project took on as you added layers was SUCH a testament to how important it is to ADD LAYERS TO YOUR PROJECTS! It really does make them stand out so beautifully, even with simple circular shapes. Highly recommend this course if you want to up-level your watercolor.

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Avatar Marianne
Posted 2 years ago
My review

My first dip in watercolor and it was a great adventure! I have learned a lot!

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Avatar Vera Cat
Posted 2 years ago
My review

An incredibly useful course. If you use watercolour, but don't know how to layer, you will thank yourself for taking this course. I didn't know how to layer - so my paintings always disappointed me with their strange muddy colors and "flaking" or "peeling" paper - because I would rub so hard to get a more vivid color! This course has completely changed my watercolor techniques/knowledge. I have to agree with the other reviewers, a more practical project would be nice if it could be added.

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Avatar CarolRiordan
Posted 2 years ago
My review

I enjoyed this course. I found it informative and relaxing. Even though I already knew the basics of layering, this course brought my understanding to a new level. The tips and videos that were presented were very helpful. I like to have complete knowlege about a topic before attempting the techniques myself, and this course provided that. Although the course only took me one day to complete, I do have some ideas now on how to incorporate these techniques into my own artwork. One thing I missed in this course was completing a project or two like the firefly.

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