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Watercolor Washes: 5 Essential Building Blocks For Watercolor Painting

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Total Hour

01h 37m 41s

Video Tutorials


Course content

01h 37m 41s

Introduction & Materials

Introduction & Materials

Washes Explained

5 Types Of Washes



About Course

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 to learn?

Watercolor paper Large paintbrush (flat/round/mop) Watercolor paint Masking tape

Material Includes

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


  • None


  • Art board
  • 2 jars of water
  • Cotton rag
  • Paper towels
  • Heat tool


4.76 /5

12 Courses

Shelby is the co-founder of Foxsy and the creator at Little Coffee Fox. She is a professional watercolorist, letterer, and artist with a passion for teaching others to reintroduce creativity…

Student Ratings & Reviews

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5 months ago
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.
6 months ago
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!
8 months ago
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.
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!
9 months ago
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.

Material Includes

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