Most Recent Lessons

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Autumnal Wreath

In this lesson, let nature inspire you and learn how to develop your brushwork skills using direct painting techniques. Use your brush to draw basic shapes and develop these using different colour and layering techniques. Then discover how to use a selection of autumnal elements to create your own composition.

Autumnal Wreath

Hydrangea Abstract

In this lesson you will learn how to blend colours so they beautifully transition from one to another. You will work wet into wet to create a softly blended background, then develop your painting using layers of colour. You will create each petal individually working wet ino wet and create new colours by dropping in different hues. You will also build up form and detail as you layer each stage of the painting. Once you have developed the technique you can add more sections to your painting to form your own abstract.

Hydrangea Abstract

Potting Shed

In this lesson you will develop your drawing and mark-making skills using ink pen. You will take control of the finished look of the painting by discovering how to select and mix a range of different colours of your choice and by making decisions on how much colour you use. This will help you to give this illustration style painting a personalised feel.

Potting Shed

Modigliani

In this lesson you will learn how Modigliani simplified and exaggerated shapes to create his unique painting style. You will learn how to layer colour to build up form by shaping the contours of the face. You will also learn how to layer paint to create texture.

Modigliani

Hollyhock Window

In this lesson you will learn how to develop your brushwork and mark-making skills with your brush as you work wet onto dry building up layers of colour.

Hollyhock Window

Keys

In this lesson you will create 5 different watercolour keys using a range of techniques. You will use watercolour paint to create 3 of the keys using resist and salt to create texture. In another you will mix colour on the paper and in the third you will layer colour to build up hues and values. I will also show you two alternative watercolour methods using watercolour pencils and Graphitint pans.

Keys

Horse

In this lesson you will layer colour and develop a range of values (light and dark) to give the illusion of form (three dimensions). You will aslo create the illusion of distance using wet into wet and aerial perspective.

Horse

Rocks & Sea

In this lesson you will use a range of resist techniques to create texture including cling film, salt and wax. You will also create backruns to create clouds in the sky and dry brush to add texture to the water.

Rocks & Sea

Matisse

In this lesson you will discover how Matisse used complementary colours and contrasting values to create a vibrant composition. Learn how to create the illusion of texture and add a painterly quality to your watercolours.

Matisse

Ightham Mote

In this lesson you will paint the beautiful National Trust manor house, Ightham Mote. You will learn how to use the wet onto dry technique to build up values and details without blending colour on the paper.

Ightham Mote

Cezanne

In this lesson you will learn how Cezanne used colour to create perspective. You will also discover how he used layered brush marks to create a range of values and shapes within the landscape. This will certainly make you think about how you apply every brush stroke!

Cezanne

Shells

In this lesson you will learn how to create form (the illusion of three dimensions). You will also practice mixing realistic colour and learn how to add a range of values (light & dark) along with detail to create a realistic shell.

Shells

Landscape Skies

In this lesson you will learn how to paint three different types of sky to us within a landscape painting. You will use lifting out to create clouds in a summer sky. You will create a stormy sky mixing colour on the paper, layering, lifting and backruns. You will also create a sunset sky by blending colour washes.

Landscape Skies

Giraffe

In this lesson you will learn how to create form (an illusion of a 3 dimensional object) by layering a range of values. You will also learn how to use a range of techniques to recreate fur and hair.

Giraffe

Techniques Lesson

In this lesson you will have a chance to play with watercolour and discover what it can do. There are a number of short exercises for you to practice including: Washes, mark-making, mixing colour and Special effects. Great for beginners!

Techniques Lesson

Rainbow Zebra

In this lesson you will learn how to enlarge an image using a drawing grid. Create form (the effect of three dimensions) using softly blended colour. Experiment with exciting vibrant colour and learn how to blend them together to create new ones. Learn how to add dynamism to an image using spatter.

Rainbow Zebra

Cinque Terre

In this lesson you will learn how to use a variety of wet and dry media and combine these to create a mixed media painting. You will learn how to approach a painting without a drawing, by blending and mixing colours on the surface of the paper. You will create depth by layering colour onto dry using a square brush and you will learn how to create a simplified line drawing using ink pen. To complete the painting you will add touches of colour pencil to add accents and interest to the landscape.

Cinque Terre

Sunlit Landscape

In this lesson you will create depth and contrast in your landscape. You will use under-painting to establish your  values and give your finished painting a sense of warmth and sunlight. You will also create the illusion of distance using aerial perspective and use sponging techniques to build up foliage. 

Sunlit Landscape

Geese

In this lesson you will learn how to tackle a white subject, looking at the range of values (light to dark). You will discover how altering values can provide greater contrast and give your painting more depth and definition.  To do this you will use a range of different brush techniques including dry brush, stippling and direct brushwork to create a range of textures. You will also work wet into wet to create the illusion of distance. 

Geese

Macarons

In this lesson you will learn how to create form by building up layers of colour using a range of values from light to dark. You will practise working work wet into wet to achieve softly blended colour and wet on dry to achieve the illusion of the macaron holes. You will also see how to add a touch of spatter at the end to give the finished painting a dynamic, lively appearence.

Macarons

Passion Flowers

In this lesson you will create your own composition by selecting and arranging your choice of different elements. You will practise mixing & blending colour on the surface of the paper. You will also find out how to create a graphic background using the negative painting technique.

Passion Flowers

Oxford

In this lesson you will create a mixed media painting using collage and water-based ink alongside watercolour paint. You will find out how to apply different papers and how to use them effectively to create an interesting and unique piece.

Oxford

Glass

In this lesson you will learn how to layer thin washes of colour to create the illusion of a glass object. You will use masking fluid to reserve the bright whites and learn how to identify the different values to create a three dimensional form.

Glass

Winter Ice Skates

In this lesson you have the opprtunity to create an illustration perfect for a Christmas card or gift. You will have the opportunity to adapt the colours and different elements to create your own style. You will add colour onto dry and soften the edges to develop values.

Winter Ice Skates

Heron

In this lesson you will create a simplified painting of a heron using a range of techniques. You will use masking fluid as a resist, along with wet into wet to create soft plummage and wet on dry to add fine details and texture.

Heron

Poppy Seed Heads

In this lesson you will learn how to create a loose interpretation of poppy seed heads. You will learn how to mix colour on the paper, and how to create texture using both backruns and dry brush. You will also develop your mark-making skills, using pen onto wet and dry, plus how to create movement using spattering.

Poppy Seed Heads

Floral Abstract

In this lesson you will learn how to glaze one colour over another to produce new colours. How to paint positive shapes using blended or flat colour and how to use negative space to define shapes.

Floral Abstract

Lily Illustration

In this lesson you will create a range of values (light to dark) using paint and develop an understanding of how to create matching tones using pencil shading. This will help you to really see and recreate painted values in your work ~ thus giving your paintings more depth and realism.

Lily Illustration

Bandstand

In this lesson you will work wet into wet to create the soft, muted foliage of distant trees and sponged, layered foliage to create the foreground trees and leaf litter, in this beautiful autumnal landscape.

Bandstand