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Painting Birds in Watercolor: Essential Techniques

——   Created by Darren Yeo

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Hi and Welcome! I'm Darren from Watercolour Mentor, and in this class I'm going to show you a simple and effective process so that you can paint four different birds in watercolour. This class will have you painting quickly and loosely in no time.

You'll gain confidence in loosening up your brush strokes, and will learn some unique negative painting techniques that will help you create striking compositions. This class is for beginners to intermediate learners. You will need a pencil and eraser, watercolour paper (preferably cotton), a large flat or mop brush, a medium flat brush and a small 1-4 round brush for detailing. Join me in this class, and let's get started!

The course project

For the class project, referring to my completed paintings or the attached photos below as a reference, lightly sketch in the outline(s) of the bird and scenes you would like to paint and remember to also sketch in some loose background shapes such as leaves, branches and flowers.

Using the tips and techniques shown in this class, create your own paintings for one or more of the birds and scenes demonstrated. You can even change the colours of the birds and background to your liking. If you're feeling adventurous, try finding your own reference picture and use the tips and techniques to create your own unique painting.

Upload your creations under projects! If you have any questions, let me know in the discussion/project and I will get back to you.

*The reference photos attached in the class projects are royalty free images covered by the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. 

*Forest Walk by Alexander Nakarada |

Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

8 Lessons

2 mins
Introduction & Materials
27 mins
Bird on branch: Light Areas
47 mins
Bird on branch: Dark areas
23 mins
Paint an Eagle
23 mins
Paint a Northern Cardinal
24 mins
Hummingbird: Light Areas
23 mins
Hummingbird: Dark Areas
1 min
Class project

About the instructor

Darren Yeo
Darren Yeo
  • 31 courses

Hi, I'm Darren from Watercolour Mentor, and I'm here to Mentor, Encourage and Inspire you in your watercolour journey! I like to provide as …

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  • 2h 44m of on-demand video
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