If you’ve wondered where I’ve been these past several weeks, I’ve been exploring my watercolor muse. I can’t honestly say what prompted me to go this direction, but it happened on a Friday and I’ve been hooked since then! And then, my friend Lisa Greer took me to a paint-along class and that cemented the idea in my head!
Getting Started with Watercolors
Last year, I picked up a set of Winsor-Newton student watercolors and a pad of paper at Hobby Lobby. I played a couple of times and then put them away. Then, I found Skillshare when I took a free class on Google Analytics.
After that class, I browsed around and found classes on watercolor techniques that were simple and easy to understand. Some of the classes that I took included:
- Watercolor pencil techniques
- 3-Step Watercolor – Painting with Layered Washes
- Watercolor Painting Series – Neutralized Linear Landscapes
My niece has been a fan of YouTube for a very long time. That’s where she’s learned to draw and is quite the young artist. So, taking a cue from her, I started exploring watercolor tutorials on YouTube. Here are some of my favorite channels:
Paint Along Opportunities
As I mentioned previously, Lisa took me to an acrylic paint-along class. I had a great time! Most of the places around here work with acrylics or oils. I did find an online subscription service that has Youtube tutorials and live paint-along sessions. I’ll write about that in another article!
If you sign up for SkillShare, you’ll get two free months and I’ll get one free month. It’s a win-win deal!