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Watercolor Basics with Lisa – Special Effects, 1 meeting, $12, Friday, February 12, 7pm Eastern

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February 12

Watercolor Basics with Lisa – Special Effects


Friday, February 12, 2021, 7 PM to 8 PM Eastern, One Time Class

This is the first in a series of one time classes that cover the basics of watercolor painting. In this class, you’ll learn: wet on wet watercolor, wet on dry watercolor and gradients with watercolor. Play with different techniques and additions to create special effects. Discover what happens when you sprinkle salt, rice or rubbing alcohol on wet watercolor, plus more effects!

In my studio art classes, I use a second camera that faces my hands and table, so you’ll get a close up view of the steps. We’ll start the class with introductions, and then I’ll show you how to tape your paper to prevent buckling. From there, you’ll learn step-by-step how to paint a color gradient using two colors. You’ll have plenty of chances to practice making a color gradient and applying watercolor to wet and dry paper.

Classes to be added to the series are:
Watercolor Planets
Watercolor Autumn Leaves
Watercolor Faces Painted with Basic Shapes
Watercolor Fish

I am a patient and supportive teacher, and I believe that art is a skill that everyone can learn. Join me for a relaxing and fun class. If you have any questions about the class or the materials please let me know.

You must be 18+ to take the class on Your Teachable Moment

What to learn?

Wet on wet watercolor technique Wet on dry watercolor technique How to blend two colors Gain confidence by practicing watercolor techniques Materials that create special effects


  • Three pieces of 9 x 12 paper. Best: 140# or higher watercolor paper. Good: 90 # or higher mixed-media paper. Printer paper and cardstock paper will not work for this painting project.
  • Paintbrush. Soft brushes work best for watercolor painting. I use a number 10 round brush.
  • Watercolor paint pans or tubes. A good starter set is a Windsor & Newton Cotman Sketchers' Pocket Box. A 14 color set retails for just under $18 on Amazon. If you want to spend less, a good student quality palette to purchase is a Prang washable watercolor paint set with 8 colors. It retails for $3.60 on Amazon. I do not recommend Michael's Artist Loft brand, with the round pans, it is very chalky and not translucent.
  • A palette to mix your paint on. If you have a pan watercolor set, the lid usually serves as a palette. If not, a white ceramic plate or several small plastic containers works well.
  • Two containers of water for rinsing.
  • Paper towels
  • Hairdryer – this is a must have! We'll use a blow dryer to dry the paint as we work, so if you do not have a hairdryer, you will not be able to keep with the pace of the class. If 2 people in one house are taking the class, both people should have their own hairdryer.
  • Tape – Best: washi, painters tape or drafting tape. You can use masking tape, but depending on how sticky it is it can rip the paper when you remove it.
  • You’ll need a work surface to which you can tape your paper.
  • 1 tablespoon salt – Best: kosher salt. Good: Epsom salt. OK but not recommend: table salt.
  • 1 tablespoon of rice (any variety)
  • 1 tablespoon rubbing or isopropyl alcohol.
  • A few sheets of toilet paper or a facial tissue.
  • One crayon or oil pastel in a light color.
  • A small sheet of plastic wrap.
  • A small sheet of aluminum foil.
  • A pencil.

Target Audience

  • Someone who is never painted with watercolor paint before.
  • Amateur artists.
  • Beginners.


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Hello! I am a lifelong lover and learner of all things visual art. My artistic journey began as a teenager, when I apprenticed with a married couple who are studio jewelers. In their work, they sculpt miniature people and animals,

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  • PDF with chart of watercolor effects


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