Simple & Stunning Watercolor Techniques

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Instructor Mary Murphy, Watercolor Expert
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Course No. 4096
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Find out how to use a variety of household materials, from credit cards to table salt, to add texture and visual interest to your watercolors.
  • numbers Learn how to complement your watercolors with other mediums.
  • numbers Examine what makes some pigments transparent while others are opaque.

Course Overview

Play with size, scale, texture and a variety of water-based mediums. Learn advanced watercolor techniques alongside artist and instructor Mary Murphy. You'll see how to create a complementary underpainting, use masking methods to preserve white space and achieve harmonious color shifts. Then, discover a simple strategy for making compositional decisions and apply a gridding technique to scale your painting to any size. Find out how to use a variety of household items to easily produce amazing effects. Then, explore other water-based mediums: gouache, acrylics and watercolor grounds. You'll even build confidence choosing paper, brushes and pigments. Plus, learn to critique your work, fix mistakes and adjust values for a fantastic finish.
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7 lectures
 |  Average 21 minutes each
  • 1
    Meet Mary Murphy, your guide to simple and stunning watercolor techniques. In this first lesson, Mary introduces the underpainting, the base of any good watercolor. She demonstrates a few masking techniques and shows how complementary colors help balance a painting and create surprising effects. x
  • 2
    Size & Composition
    Why you're painting is often just as important as what you're painting. Mary looks at the intention behind each work as a way of highlighting how to plan size and composition using thumbnails and sketches. She also offers a tip for scaling and paints a miniature square floral. x
  • 3
    Creating Texture
    Mary will show you how to use a variety of household materials, from credit cards to table salt, to add texture and visual interest to your watercolors. Then she paints a scene near her home to put those principles into practice. x
  • 4
    Exploring Water Media
    Learn how to complement your watercolors with other mediums. Mary introduces gouache and acrylic, which offers the exciting option of subtractive painting. Then she shows how watercolor grounds can help provide even more texture before combining all elements into one of her works. x
  • 5
    Brushes & Paper
    The tools you use determine so much about what your painting will look like. Mary introduces a variety of brush types and techniques, from scumbling with a mop quill to writing with a rigger. Then she shows how paper weight and texture can give your final product unique effects. x
  • 6
    No two watercolors are created equally. Mary walks through what makes some pigments transparent while others are opaque. She also introduces the concept of granularity, which helps produce more life-like skin along with skies and clouds, before finishing with a primer on staining pigments. x
  • 7
    Rescuing Techniques
    Painting in watercolor means always having a chance to correct mistakes. Mary takes a painting she'd abandoned long ago and attempts to recover it in real time. In the process, she shows how to critique, introduces rescuing techniques and teaches how to check for value. x

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Mary Murphy

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Mary Murphy, Watercolor Expert
Mary Murphy loved art from a young age, but her initial career path took her in a different direction, towards life as an award-winning speechwriter. After 20 years behind a pen though, she picked a brush back up and the rest is history! She honed her skills training with artists such as Martha Deming and Jim McFarlane, president of the American Watercolor Society, setting up an in-home studio so she could paint nonstop. Her...
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Simple & Stunning Watercolor Techniques is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learned great techniques! Mary was such a good instructor and gave some really art-changing instruction that I was thrilled to put into immediate practice such as using common household items to help give texture to my watercolor works. I liked how Mary introduced me to new products and how to use them and how to enhance the products I already have and use.
Date published: 2020-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Useful techniques I bought this course November 2018 and just watched it the past two days for the first time.. I am a water colour wannabe. The is not for beginners. It is for the water colour artist to learn some interesting techniques. This course will eventually come in handy for me and I do not regret buying it. KEM
Date published: 2020-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I would like to have seen her take me through a painting from start to finish. "Show" more and "tell" less. Don't just use flowers as examples. Maybe a still life. Maybe a landscape.
Date published: 2020-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good basic information Good basic information on watercolor painting. Short concise lectures. I especially liked last lecture on rescuing your painting!
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Techniques were not demonstrated. Products were described, but no clue as to how to use them. I felt like the presenter was teasing with things to try, but keeping it her secret on how to really do it. I found free demonstrations on line that were much more helpful.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disjpinted The course attempts too much material. Presentation is disjointed. No detail in the instruction. Lacks focus.
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun techniques for the beginner presented by a very pleasant teacher.
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed -Lesson but needed additional instruction I enjoyed my first lesson, but would have liked to know which brushes she used for the underpainting and painting of the picture. There is a supplies list but it is up for us to guess which brushes she used. I don't know anything about brushes so some information about them would have been helpful.
Date published: 2018-08-21
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