Loosening Up In Watercolor

Loosening Up in Watercolor

taught by Lee White
Buy $30.00
Sarah Simpson

Really Great Watercolor Course

After years of painting with acrylics, I’ve more recently fallen in love with watercolors. Like many beginners to the medium, I’m finding myself struggling with value and allowing myself to loosen up. This video was really helpful and I really con...

Whitney Simms

Watercolor is my primary medium and I still learned new things!

Great video. I was certainly familiar with wet on wet technique. I love that Mr White is just as excited about the "magic" of watercolor as I am. It really is a beautiful medium. I also gave myself a pat on the back for using the same paints and p...

Jared Helder

Best watercolour course I've taken.

I've been experimenting with watercolour for a number of years now, looking up tutorials on youtube and trying stuff myself. Lee covers the basics and offers some new tips and tricks. What was most helpful though, was learning his workflow and his...

Sarah Simpson

After years of painting with acrylics, I’ve more recently fallen in love with watercolors. Like many beginners to the medium, I’m finding myself struggling with value and allowing myself to loosen up. This video was really helpful and I really con...

Whitney Simms

Great video. I was certainly familiar with wet on wet technique. I love that Mr White is just as excited about the "magic" of watercolor as I am. It really is a beautiful medium. I also gave myself a pat on the back for using the same paints and p...

Jared Helder

I've been experimenting with watercolour for a number of years now, looking up tutorials on youtube and trying stuff myself. Lee covers the basics and offers some new tips and tricks. What was most helpful though, was learning his workflow and his...

Tom Barrett

Thanks to Lee for creating this lesson. Is just what I needed as I work to make my watercolor more loose. Lee kept things light and fun and concise as he explained and demonstrated the various techniques for loose watercolors. Great!

Laurel Baker

Great tutorial, explanation of tools and techniques. Mr. White explains why he is doing something and what his expectations while reminding the viewer that watercolor has a mind it its own. Just to relax and let stuff happen. Appreciated the comm...

Agnese Ragucci

Mary Monson

Love Lee's mix of talent, knowledge, and humor in this segment. Thanks for sharing! Learned so much!

Laurie French

Moon Lie Fong

Alyssa Gorman

I love using watercolor. But I'm a still a beginner and really didn't know where to start/improve. This lecture had so much great information and insight into letting go and enjoying the medium. I already feel like I'm a better painter just for wa...

Mary Todd

text is image - really great class in keeping watercolor loose when necessary - watching the painter paint made me understand what he meant - he is a very talented artist

Susan Szecsi

Rowena Russell

Lynn Mullen

Aniekan Udofia

cassie chancy

Leontine Gaasenbeek

A happy Lee White teaches this very helpful watercolor course. Once you've seen it, your inspired to start with watercolors straight away! Lee gives lots of good tips, and is very inspiring to watch.

Dan Tavis

Linda Ferrara

Really enjoyed this class. Paused several times during the video to try the techniques and learned how to make them work for me. I thought the pace was perfect, clear diction, clear view of what was happening. Thanks, Linda

Michael Dominguez

Jason Arthur

Lee White
Lee White
Illustrator Extraodinare

About the Instructor

Lee White has illustrated over 20 books and has an international client base. Some of his clients include:

- National Geographic
- Apple
- Arthur Levine Publishing
- Penguin Publishing
- United Airlines
- Scholastic
and many more!

Lee has been working for the past 15 years as a professional illustrator and has also taught at the college level for the past decade.

Learn how to keep your final work fresh from start to finish

Have you ever had the experience of doing a really great sketch, only to have the finished painting look stiff and overworked? We all have! Lee White will address this very common problem in his latest class, Loosening Up In Watercolor. Starting with a sketch on watercolor paper, he will show you step by step how to work free and loose, while still being able to control areas of fine detail and focus.

Even though this class is in watercolor, the principles apply to all media including oil, acrylic, and even pencil.

In this class Lee breaks down his techniques to include:

  • Working loose to tight
  • Working broad to detail
  • Building a plan for the final work
  • Controlling both hard and soft edges
  • Controlling and simplifying shapes and value
  • Adding hard detail on top of loose underpainting

Materials needed:

  • Watercolor paper (Arches 300lb. or Arches board recommended).
  • Liquid frisket
  • Burnt Sienna Ink
  • Watercolor Brushes
  • Old beat up bristle brush
  • Dip style ink pen
  • Artist tape
  • Colored pencils
  • White Gouache
  • Spray mister

Watercolor paint:

  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Ultramarine Blue

This is an intermediate to advanced video. This means some previous experience with watercolor is recommended.

Course Contents

1 Video
1 Text
1.8 hrs

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