Loose Watercolour Painting Essentials: Complete Process and Techniques

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Hi, I'm Darren Yeo, Watercolour Artist from Melbourne, Victoria. Welcome to "Loose Watercolour Painting Essentials: Complete Process and Techniques".

In this class, you'll learn and apply concepts of depth, composition, layering, perspective as well as essential watercolour techniques in order to create a beautiful painting. In addition to theory and practical exercises, there are also 11 included projects that we will complete together. I'll walk you through in real-time the techniques I'm using such as wet-in-wet and wet-in-dry. I'll also show you how to simplify and sketch any scene in pencil.

This class is aimed at beginners and intermediate painters. There are scans, drawing, and tracing templates included for each project to help you transfer your drawing over quickly and easily (check the final file in the list).

In this class, I narrate my demonstrations in real-time. I explain every technique I use in the context of the painting, such as layering into wet areas to paint shadows of a tree or building. I'll be going over the essentials of layering wet-in-wet and wet in dry watercolour. I'll talk about what materials you'll need, and which ones I use and recommend. If you have some brushes, watercolour paints, and paper, then you're set to go.

So join me in this class - let's create some beautiful watercolour paintings that you can be proud of!

In this class, I will cover basics such as:

  • How to use various watercolour techniques such as wet-in-dry, wet-in-wet, pulling out paint, lifting, splatter, dry-brush in different contexts
  • Understanding water control and mixing in watercolour painting
  • How to use different brushes in different circumstances
  • How to use perspective to create depth and plan your scene according to a vantage point of your choosing
  • How to draw and compose your painting - as well as separate theoretical and technical lessons, each project includes a planning component where you will learn how to sketch in a basic blueprint for your painting. I will show you how to place the horizon line, and how to quickly and accurately sketch in the reference photo. I will also talk about how I use my sketch to plan out the steps of my watercolour painting afterwards
  • How to use complementary colours to create vibrancy and interest in your watercolour paintings
  • How to paint skies, mountains,  water, trees, shadows, buildings and figures in a soft and loose manner, using a combination of wet-in-wet and wet-in-dry techniques. I'll talk about how and when to wet your watercolour paper to obtain particular results such as the appearance of soft clouds, and when to paint in more rigid and accurate shapes once the paper has dried
  • The importance of timing in watercolours


Your class project is to sketch and paint a watercolour landscape or streetscape! This can be a scene featured in one of the class demonstration videos or based on one of your own photographs or scenes you've observed outside.

You can also refer to the scanned drawing/painting templates attached below which will allow you to trace the drawings if you choose to do so. I recommend drawing each scene free hand. Drawing is an important step in improving your painting skills. This provides you with an opportunity to compose and plan your painting. Complete your drawing lightly and loosely in pencil so that it won't show through in the final painting. Once you've finished the drawing, use the watercolour steps and processes included in the class demonstrations to complete your painting.


Use any normal or mechanical pencil, watercolour paper, and brushes you have available. I recommend:

  • Mechanical pencil (0.5mm)
  • 100% cotton watercolour paper or sketchbook
  • Watercolour Brushes - mop brush and a variety of round and flat brushes.

Getting Started:

Review the class demonstrations on watercolour theory, techniques, and mindset first. There are 11 different demonstrations that you can draw and paint from. You can also download the tracing templates to transfer over your drawing. Remember to watch the video on 'Materials Required' to help you obtain similar results and effects. Always use the best materials you can afford.

As an additional challenge, research some free reference photo websites and find a reference photo you would like to paint. Using the steps and processes included in this class, create your own unique watercolour painting.

Sharing Your Work:

Once you've finished, share your final painting and progress shots with the class by uploading them to https://www.facebook.com/groups/watercolourmentor. I'll provide you with constructive feedback on your painting if you ask. If you have any questions or need more tips, please let me know. I'm happy to help.

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