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My takeaways from the Stay Model of Watercolour


This week we wrapped up the Stay Model of my Watercolour course. It’s onerous to search out the best phrases to precise how a lot I like going via a SketchingNow course with a gaggle and internet hosting weekly livestreams. I all the time get a lot out of revisiting the ideas defined within the classes and seeing the successes and struggles of the group. So due to everybody who was a part of it!

On Tuesday I created this one-page abstract of the principle themes within the course. This was actually enjoyable to place collectively and now all that I’ve to do to complete the course is the ultimate train. This entails sharing my three takeaways from Watercolour. I’ve many ideas going via my head in the intervening time, however these three are those which can be standing out for me now.

1. Watery, Juicy, Pasty

I’ve a renewed appreciation of simply how vital it’s to discover ways to constantly combine washes with the correct amount of water and pigment. Going via the course once more, and doing all these stay instructing classes has made me much more conscious after I’m mixing a wash in my palette that I’ve the best ratio for the actual scenario I’m about to color.

2. Protecting it easy

Decreasing the scene to some huge shapes, loading the comb properly after which making use of the wash to the web page in huge steady strokes makes watercolour portray a lot simpler. (No fiddling!) Decreasing the hues and creating easy worth distinction are additionally included on this thought.

3. 100% Cotton paper

A few of you would possibly know that I don’t usually like 100% cotton paper for fast city sketching (see this article for extra particulars). In Week 1 of the course, as I used to be performing some easy work of a yellow pear, I all of a sudden realised that there are topics for which 100% cotton web page works for me. 🙂 That is one thing to discover additional.

Because it was too onerous to stay to three takeaways I’ve yet one more level…

4. Too many granulating colors?

Throughout the Pigment Lesson, I used to be reminded that mixing granulating colors can turn into murky and that led me to consider making an attempt a non-granulating ‘burnt sienna’ sort color. Because of this, I swapped out Clear crimson Oxide for Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet and I’m loving the change.

To finish my celebration of going via Watercolour once more, I need to share with you all of the thumbnail pictures that I created for the weekly livestreams. These are a very good abstract of the content material of the course and all of the bonus materials I added this time. When you have bought the Watercolour course at any time you may watch the replay of those contained in the Watercolour classroom.

BTW the Watercolour course continues to be obtainable as a self-paced course which you can begin at any time. Discover out extra right here.


It’s a extremely vibrant assortment of pictures, isn’t it?

What’s Subsequent?

A gaggle goes to be working via the Edges course – beginning subsequent week on Wednesday 3 August 2022.

The Edges Course is for individuals who need to see and suppose like an artist in order that their sketches have higher depth and focus.

Edges picks up on some vital ideas from Foundations and develops them additional.

  • In Foundations we discover ways to draw and learn how to see the world in edges, shapes and volumes.
  • In Edges we take into consideration learn how to make choices about line and color.

Eager about edges is the key weapon in relation to working in ink and wash.



So many sketchers inform me that they discover it onerous not to attract each little element in ink. They don’t know when to cease! Are you able to relate to this?


Within the Edges course I share a framework that may assist this difficulty – and it comes right down to excited about edges! By the top of this 8-week course your ink and wash sketches will:

  • have a stronger focus in order that the attention is drawn to the vital half
  • create a higher sense of depth
  • be capable of say extra with much less.

When you have bought Edges at any time you may take part – all you must do is go to the Edges classroom and take a look at the directions on the course homepage. I can even be sending you an e-mail subsequent week on the beginning date with particular directions.

It is a Group Self-Paced Model of the course – working via the teachings similtaneously others. I’m maintaining a tally of the classroom and answering questions however is not going to be internet hosting new livestreams. (There are replays from stay classes we had final yr obtainable contained in the course).

Edges is the right course to do after watercolour and earlier than Watercolour On Location. I’ll be internet hosting a Stay Model of  Watercolour On Location later this yr – beginning on 28 September. However I’ll share extra particulars about that in a while.

Lastly, one other big thanks to everybody who participated within the Watercolour Stay Model. I hope that you just loved it as a lot as I did and have seen a major enchancment in your watercolour sketching.


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