When you're eager to start learning watercolors, you can easily get overwhelmed.
There's so much information at your fingertips that it can be difficult to even know where to begin. Don't get bogged down and stuck at the starting line. Watercolor painting is an immensely rewarding creative outlet, and I'd love to remove the overwhelming part of the equation and help you take a step forward, even if it is just a baby step!
I've created the Paper to Paper Challenge to help new and returning watercolor painters get started without guesswork or crippling frustration. In my course, I provide a five-step process for creating work you're proud to share.
Here's a taste of the challenge and what you will learn:
Step 1: The Power in Your Brush
You can do a lot of incredible things with just one paintbrush. The first step to creating a watercolor masterpiece that you can be proud of is understanding your brush.
Before you begin, I'll help you select and understand your brush so that you can use it to its full potential. The right brush, used the right way, can perform a multitude of different techniques and tricks that create amazing effects.
Get better acquainted with your paintbrush and grow comfortable using it so that you can set yourself up for creative success.
Step 2: The Strength of Your Watercolors
You might be tempted to think that more color options in your watercolor palette will mean your art will be more interesting.
With high-quality paints, you actually don't need a whole lot of colors.
Even with limited options, you can create a rainbow of different beautiful shades. The secret is the different water-to-paint ratios. You can have only two colors — like blue and yellow for instance. But depending on how much of those colors you use when you mix, you can create SO many different variations of greens and blues. This applies to any color you have, of course!
Step 3: The Right Balance of Water
Some beginners think watercolor painting requires some sort of innate skill or talent. There's a common misconception that watercolors are hard to control.
The truth is, watercolors are all about balance, and learning how to have the right balance of water is something that can be learned.
There are plenty of tricks and techniques for how to remove excess water from your paper without ruining your work, as well as ideas for how to control the water in your brush and on your paper.
Step 4: Conquering Painter's Block
When you're not sure what to paint, it can be easy just to give up before you've really started. Creative indecision, or “painter's block,” keeps many artists from moving forward.
The great thing about art though is that it doesn't need to have a grand purpose in order to exist and bring joy to its creator and the people who view it. In this step, you'll conquer Painter's Block by tracing your first image to paint in watercolors. It's not cheating to start your first masterpiece this way.
With the image outlined, you can focus on having fun with the painting process.
Step 5: Creating Your Vision
Once you've mastered the basics of watercolor techniques and tricks, you'll be ready to create your desired vision. You won't have to continue watching Youtube tutorials or following step-by-step guides. Instead, you'll feel confident in your skills and techniques that you can start crafting your own visions.
Join the Paint to Paper Challenge
Join the Paper to Paper Challenge and transform your mindset. Even if you're not ready to think of yourself as an artist just yet, I can help you get in touch with your artistic side. Watercolor painting is an immensely rewarding creative outlet, and if you've been thinking about getting started, then this could be a great place to finally take that step!