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Back To Watercolor Basics: A Crash Course On Watercolor For Beginners

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Get your feet wet in this watercolor basics course with Steve Curl! This tutorial is perfect for beginners, starting with introducing the essential tools and ending with practicing different watercolor techniques. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Referenced In This Watercolor Class:

  • A block of Arches cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 16″)
  • Mechanical pencil with HB 0.5mm lead
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints (with 26 wells)
  • A container of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • Brush holder (optional)

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Sap Green
  • Yellow Ochre

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

  • Perylene Green
  • Ultramarine (Green Shade)

Brushes

  • Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 6)
  • Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 10)