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Glazed/Layered Watercolor Swatches Tutorial – How to Layer Transparent Watercolors

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Hi, everyone! I’m excited to be back after an unplanned one week hiatus with the fourth installment of Getting to Know your Watercolors! Today’s class is on creating swatches with layering, or glazing, so you can see the benefits of layering with your watercolors. Layering is an essential watercolor technique that adds depth and beauty to your paintings. Painting layered swatches will help you know what to expect when you sit down to create a “real” painting. I hope you enjoy this layered watercolor swatches tutorial!

glazing and layering with watercolor paints

Layering works best with transparent and semi-transparent watercolor paints, so you can put your knowledge from the first class to work! You can also reference your transparency swatches from the third class to help you pick a mid-range value for each of your paints.

How to paint transparency swatches class on Skillshare - stop by for a free Skillshare link!

There’s also a big change for this class – I’ve decided to take it to YouTube! I love teaching and helping people learn and I thought YouTube would help me help more people. The first three classes are staying up on Skillshare and will not be moved to YouTube, but any additional classes in the series will be on my YT channel. You can find the class on creating glazed/layered watercolor swatches right here! You’ll be able to see the full materials list with links if you visit the YouTube page, so it’s a good idea to click on over. If you just want to see the video, you can watch it below:

I still have at least one more class to go in the Getting to Know your Watercolors series, but I’m open to adding more! Please let me know if there are any watercolor techniques you’d like to see covered or projects you’d like to see next!

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  • Nina August 2, 2018, 15:58

    Great, I’ll keep this in mind the next time I paint with my son. Which is a lot! šŸ™‚

  • Cat August 2, 2018, 16:03

    Oh my gosh this made my day! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve always felt like I’m terrible at watercolours, but this just clarified a lot for me. šŸ˜€

    • Natasha August 2, 2018, 16:44

      Yay! I’m so glad you found it helpful. Watercolor has a reputation as being difficult because it kind of has a mind of its own. That’s one of the things I really like about the medium, but it can be annoying! In my experience the most important thing is having good watercolor paper. I thought I was super terrible at watercolors until I tried using artist grade watercolor paper and realized the difference! Cheap paper is like trying to use a cake box mix and wondering why you’re not getting a gourmet wedding cake for your efforts.

  • Stephanie August 3, 2018, 06:03

    I’ll check your YouTube channel right away. I’ve been fond of drawing lately and could need some good advice
    xo from Germany,
    Steph

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