Whimsical Faces: Paint a Beautiful Watercolor Portrait

——   Created by Jessica Sanders

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Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, a self-taught watercolor and mixed-media artist who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

Whimsical Faces: Paint a Beautiful Watercolor Portrait

Let’s paint a beautiful, whimsical, watercolor portrait! 

In this class for intermediate students, we will explore painting watercolor with light layers to achieve stunning depth of color in a whimsical portrait. :)

Painting portraits is not easy. That’s where I come in. I will walk you through painting a beautiful, whimsical watercolor portrait in a loose and free style, step by step. 

First, I will also share my KISS Approach (™) to painting. We will Keep ISuper Simple in 5 ways throughout the painting process.  

Next, we will do a warm-up to get to know our chosen colors. We are only using 3 colors, so it's important to get to know those colors.

Then, we will sketch a simplified face. If you prefer, you can trace the drawing I’ve provided for you as a download.

For the rest of the class, I will demonstrate painting the portrait, in real time. I want you to know how long it actually takes to paint a painting like this.

I encourage you to paint along with me. :) We will focus on building up light layers (washes) of color, to create depth and contrast in our portrait. When we are finished, not only will you have a beautiful, loose, whimsical portrait, but you will also have learned more about simplifying your paintings and your process.

As always, we will wrap up the class with a project using the skills and techniques we have learned in the class.   

The course project

For your project, please submit

1. your warm-up practice painting, and

2. the portrait you painted.  

I would love to see your process photos, too! 

Painting portraits with this loose and layered approach is so fun and inspiring. I can’t wait to see your projects!!

As always, please drop your questions in the discussion section, and share your projects with me and your fellow students.

If you love this class, please let me know by leaving a review :) 

Happy Painting,



Instagram: @jessicasandersart  

14 Lessons

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Warm up Exercise
Simplified Drawing
Layer 1
Layer 2
Layer 3
Layer 4
Layer 5
Layer 6
Final layer
Project and Thank You
Bonus Timelapse
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I'm Jessica, an artist, online teacher, and content creator, living in Houston, Texas. My passion is exploring art, creativity, and art supplies! It makes me happy to explore, to find the answer to "what if," and to share it with you. My mission is to help others experience the joy …

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