Watercolor Washes: 5 Essential Building Blocks For Watercolor Painting

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1 hour, 37 minutes

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Watercolor Washes: 5 Essential Building Blocks For Watercolor Painting

Course Description:

One of the most essential techniques for a new beginner watercolorist to learn is how to paint a wash. This course is designed to walk you through everything you need to get started with watercolor washes. You’ll learn what a wash is, why it’s important for watercolor painting, and where you will use washes in your practice.

Then we’ll dive into how to do each of the five different washes with step-by-step instructions. Once you’ve learned the techniques, you’ll get to apply those techniques with five projects that focus on each type of wash.

What’s In The Course?

  • 13 Videos (over 1.5 hours of content)
  • 5 Class Projects
  • Project Feedback (Optional)
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

What You Will Learn:

  • What washes are and why they’re important
  • How washes are used
  • 5 different watercolor washes
  • 5 paint-along projects using each wash style

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Large paintbrush (flat/round/mop)
  • 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.

Meet Your Instructor:


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Ratings and Reviews

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6 Ratings
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Thomas Beltran
Posted 5 months ago
Where to actually begin for a true beginner

What I have enjoyed the most is finally connecting with Shelby at the very beginning level for an old timer. She has explained things very well and has given excellent demonstrations as to what materials I need and where to begin - baby steps.

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Posted 11 months ago
My review

My favorite course so far! Everyting is perfect: the explanations, the step by step projects leading, the projects themselves... I would recommend doing the Layering course first, as this one feels like the natural continuation of it. Also, by doing it in that order, the Layering projects, more academic oriented, don't feel too 'simple' compared to the 5 AMAZING PROJECTS proposed here. If you have very little watercolour knowledge (like me), this is a must do, asap.

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Sarah MacDonald
Posted 12 months ago
My review

This was perfect for me, I went through the lessons twice and probably will a couple more times to work on my new watercolor wash skills!

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Vera Cat
Posted 1 year ago
My review

A very fun and informative course. This class is a must for beginners in watercolors, as I have been playing around with watercolors for a few years, but didn't know about various types of washes! A very useful class. The projects turn out very pretty, and the instructor feedback is quick and helpful.

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Posted 1 year ago
My review

I have been practicing watercolor for a couple of years. I love your courses because you group concepts together. For example...the five washes are presented as a group. On the flip side. I think some of the projects labeled beginner are more intermediate. Over all, I am loving what you have created on this platform. Thank you!

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Posted 1 year ago
My review

I loved this course. I loved how it showed the lesson and then a project that corresponded with that project. The explanations were amazing and helpful and I really felt confident in doing the project. The only thing I would recommend maybe changing is having the project immediately after the lesson/explanation that way it starts fresh, but otherwise, this was probably the best watercolor lesson I've ever taken and enjoyed.

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