Watercolor Abstract Samplers

——   Created by Denise Love

Experiment with new color palettes & create abstract pieces

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In this class, I'm going to show you a fun technique I like to do with watercolors. I use this to swatch out colors, experiment with color palettes... and then turn my little experiments into abstract art with some mark-making. This is such a fun way to experiment with colors and try out new color palettes. It's good for seeing how your materials work together too. I'm calling these color samplers since my main goal is to swatch out and experiment with my watercolors... but you might have other goals for these once you make a few and see how beautiful they turn out!

We'll start out in our sketchbooks to get started, then move on to larger pieces of loose paper to do some art inspired by colors we tried out in our practice pieces.

In this class, I'm going to go over the supplies I'm using below - but I encourage you to use what you have to get started. I will also go a bit more in-depth about different watercolor brands and grades so you'll know what you might want to try out when you go looking.

This class is for you if:

  • You love learning new techniques for your art
  • You are interested in learning more about watercolors and making some fun little abstract pieces while we also work on color swatching
  • You love experimenting with art supplies
  • You love watching how others approach their painting practice

Supplies: I encourage you to use your supplies you have on hand to do your projects. You do not have to purchase any specific supplies for this class. It is all about experimenting with the supplies you have and learning to let loose.

  • Watercolor paper - I Iike cold press and hot press about 140lb for most projects
  • Various paintbrushes and mark making tools
  • Watercolor paints - use what you have or check out the watercolor videos I did telling you the differences and grades between the different watercolor brands.

That is the majority of supplies I am using... but as I mentioned above - don't think you need to go out and buy tons of new supplies (unless you just want to...). Try this project with some of the supplies you have on hand and grow from there.

The course project

By the end of this class, you'll be inspired and ready to create some beautiful art of your own.

Your project: Is to get out your watercolors and play! I want you to experiment with colors and mark-making. There is no wrong way to do this project. You cannot make mistakes. I want you to first play with some colors you like, then venture out to some color combos you wouldn't normally gravitate to. I love using these as my color swatching to see what colors are and do... then add some marks to turn them into little abstract pieces I can enjoy in my studio.

11 Lessons

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Abstract samplers
Abstract samplers - part 2
Project 1 - sketchbook practices
Project 1 - adding details
Project 1 - finishing up
Project 2 - color blocking
Project 2 - finishing up
Project 3 - larger abstract pieces
Project 3 - finishing up
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About the instructor

I'm Denise, an artist, and photographer. I'm really passionate about sharing what I have learned with others and creating workshops is what I really enjoy. I started 2 Lil' Owls Studio in 2012 - and that's where I share digital art tools for photography, photography workshops, art workshops, and more. I …

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