Pour it On with Watercolor: Basic Techniques for Painting with a Twist

Award-winning watercolor artist, Patricia Coulter provides some innovative techniques for working with watercolor.

Whether you are new to watercolor or wish to step up your painting a notch, you will find the insights and guidance you need in this online course. Expect to be amazed!

Registration comes with exclusive videos created by Patricia in the form of digital downloads.

Start Date:

September 9, 2014

Course Length:

4 weeks



Course Materials:

  • Exclusive video downloads created by Patricia Coulter


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What You’ll Learn:

  • Using essentials tools and materials
  • Ways to incorporate everyday materials for interesting effects
  • Basic information for painting with watercolor

Who should take this course:

  • Artist new to watercolor painting
  • Experienced artist who want to add interesting techniques to their arsenal of techniques and want a challenge


  • Watercolor brushes – 1 inch flat, round #8 , large hake brush, rigger brush
  • Watercolor paint – ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, aurelion yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, cobalt blue, indigo blue – Paints should be artist quality paints – some excellent paints are made by Winsor Newton, Schminke, M. Graham, etc.
  • Watercolor paper – pads or full sheets, 140 lb. for warm-ups, 140 0r 300 lb. for assignments plastic wrap, wax paper, salt, glue stick rubber cement, kitchen sponge, plastic card (like a credit card)
  • Pen- Micron ink pen in black or dk. brown ink – .05
  • Pencil
  • Masking fluid
  • Mr. Clean cleaning sponge,
  • Small mister bottle
  • Assorted materials – tissues, etc.

All watercolor warmup exercises can be done on 140 lb. – in 5 X 7 pieces,
approx. and the assignments in at least 5 X 7. on either the 140 lb. or 300 lb.


Lesson One – Getting Started

  • Materials review
  • Warm-up – six basic techniques
  • Assignment – “Country Roads Take Me Home” – a landscape painting incorporating the six basic techniques

Lesson Two – “The Revenge of the Credit Card!”

  • Warm-up 4 basic techniques, using a credit card
  • Assignment: “Rocky Shore”

Lesson Three “Keeping Your Whites White!”

  • Warm-up – 6 basic techniques using masking fluid, wax resist, wax paper, lift-out with tissues, Mr. Clean cleaning sponge,
  • Assignment: “It was a Dark and Stormy Night!”

Lesson Four “Putting on the Spritz!

  • Warm-up – Dry brush, damp Brush, wet ‘loaded’ brush
  • Assignment: “Why should Redheads have all the Fun?!”

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