Watercolor Textures: 13 Unique Techniques Using Household Items

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2 hours, 2 minutes

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Course Description:

Nothing elevates a painting quite like an extra kick of texture, and watercolor is perfect for creating a textured look. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced painter or you’re just taking your first steps – adding texture can be a fun and easy step that gives so much life to your art.

Whether you’re aiming for something subtle or bold, you can find something that will be sure to excite in this course! You’ll learn 13 textures using household materials, with each texture getting its own video to fully explain the technique. Then paint along with me for two texture-packed projects to help you learn how to apply the techniques to actual paintings!

What You Will Learn:

  • What household materials you can use to create textures
  • How to apply all 13 techniques
  • 2 texture-filled paint-along projects

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Art board
  • Cotton rags (or paper towels)
  • 2 jars of water
  • Old toothbrush (optional)
  • Cellophane (optional)
  • Bubble wrap (optional)
  • Table salt (optional)
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Straw (optional)
  • Plastic card (optional)
  • Sea sponge (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?

  • 17 Videos (over 2 hours of content)
  • 2 Class Projects
  • Project Feedback (Optional)
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Meet Your Instructor:

Shelby Abrahamsen

Blogger at LittleCoffeeFox.com

Ratings and Reviews

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Avatar Janet Gillis
Posted 11 months ago
Textures Can Save a Painting

Learning these textures was so much fun and Shelby demonstrated them so well. I use a lot of textures in my painting. Sometimes I use them to stop me from overworking a painting.

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Avatar Debra Rogler
Posted 11 months ago
Varied and interesting

I really liked the variety and learned a lot. I loved the Jellyfish project and think I did quite well on that, particularly my second attempt. I couldn't get into the sunset project, did several washes, but lost interest. Maybe it was the colors.

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Avatar Morgaine Parris
Posted 2 years ago
My review

the course was clear and interresting... I loved it and learned a lot.

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Avatar CarolRiordan
Posted 2 years ago
My review

I really liked the presentation of the 13 techniques that can be added to watercolor projects. I have created a small sample of each technique that I can refer to in other projects. I agree with the previous reviewer that the projects were too difficult for beginners. I think less detailed projects would have been better. In spite of this, thank you for your technique presentations--they were excellent.

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Avatar Vera Cat
Posted 2 years ago
My review

This was such a fun course! I loved learning about the different textures, and most of them were easy to create. I learned a lot of new information. My only suggestion is to include another project, one more suitable for beginners. I found the projects incredibly difficult as a beginner, and would prefer an easier/quicker project.

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