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Announcing a new Skillshare Series – Getting to Know your Watercolors

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Today I’m excited to announce the launch of a new series of Skillshare classes called Getting to Know your Watercolors! In this series of short, but very useful, classes I’ll be showing you some essential steps to take whenever you get new watercolor paints. These things, like testing your paints for transparency and staining, will help you understand what to expect from your paints and achieve the results you desire when you sit down to create.

The first class in the series is on how to test your watercolor paints for transparency and will be followed by testing paints for staining, creating a color chart, and making transparency swatches. Each of the classes is fairly brief (only 10-20 minutes) so you can jump right in to exploring with your paints!

The classes will come out on Thursdays in July, which means the first class is only a couple days away!

I hope to see you in How to Test your Watercolor Paints for Transparency on Thursday! Are there any topics you’d like to see covered in this series?

Natasha of The Artisan Life-01




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  • Sarah July 6, 2018, 14:18

    I created a Skillshare class a while back – creating Mandala Mavens. I think it was all about Goddess Freya. The only thing that put me off making more is the length of the videos – I find it hard to be so short!

    Good luck with yours!

    • Natasha July 6, 2018, 14:43

      I keep meaning to check your class out! I remember when you wrote about creating it. I also find it hard to be brief, which is why I’m doing these as a series. My first instinct was to do it all as one big class, but then I realized it would probably be better as multiple short classes, instead.

  • Marieken July 4, 2018, 09:15

    Sounds interesting! Do you have a link where I can sign up? I bought a box of watercolours a couple of weeks ago, so I can use some help. The box looks a bit intimidating, It’s still looking new and pretty, and I feel a bit of pressure. Maybe it sounds a bit silly, but I feel like I somehow owe it to make something beautiful with it.

  • Pamela Baker July 2, 2018, 10:43

    Sounds exciting – looking forward to your first “lesson” on Thursday. Do I need to sign up or will we just get an email when the Watercolor tutorial is posted.
    I work with watercolor pencils – also have watercolors – will the pencils work (as I prefer them)
    Also, what the purpose of the graph like paper? Will we need to make a chart like that.
    Keep me posted!!!

    • Natasha July 2, 2018, 12:26

      If you follow me on Skillshare, you should get a notification when the classes go live. I can also try to remember to come back and leave another reply to your comment! I have never tried any of these techniques with watercolor pencils, but the first class on testing paints for transparency should work with pencils. Depending on your pencils, the second class may be entirely unnecessary because we’ll be testing for staining (Inktense pencils, for example, are staining so there’s no real point in testing). The rest of the classes may work, depending on your pencils. The classes are aimed at becoming more familiar with paints – we won’t be drawing or painting anything in particular. The chart is for one of the later lessons on watching out and mixing colors, but it won’t be live until later in the month!

    • Natasha July 5, 2018, 08:08

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