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Getting Started with Watercolor & Gouache Paints

with Mary Jane Begin

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   09 Types of Watercolor Paper

  •   10 Demo: Create a Gradient with Gouache Paints


Class duration: 2h 37m

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About The Class

Start working with watercolors today!

Are you interested in working with watercolor and/or gouache paints but not sure how to get started? In this course artist and illustrator, Mary Jane Begin will introduce you to the world of watercolor and gouache paints. This class is perfect for beginners looking to learn the basics of the medium in order to begin a painting practice. By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the know-how to pick up a brush and start experimenting with watercolors and gouache!

In this class you’ll learn:

  • All about the different types of watercolor and gouache paints available on the market and how they work
  • Which brushes and papers to use with those paints
  • How to begin making simple marks and shapes to familiarize yourself with the medium

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Materials For Watercolor and Gouache Paintings

  3. 03

    Opacity and Transparency of Color

  4. 04

    Natural Man Made Synthetic Sponges

  5. 05


  6. 06

    Brushes and Other Tools For Watercolors

  7. 07

    Watercolor Tools and Supplies Q&A

  8. 08

    Soaking and Stretching Watercolor Paper

  9. 09

    Types of Watercolor Paper

  10. 10

    Demo: Create a Gradient with Gouache Paints

  11. 11

    Gouache Illustration Board

  12. 12

    Demo: Gouache and Watercolor Ball and Cube

  13. 13

    Demo: Explore with Gouache


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Mary Jane Begin

As an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department at RISD…Mary Jane feels INCREDIBLY lucky; she gets to do all the things that she loves to do ... read more

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  • shoney


    August 2018

    I really enjoy Mary Jane Begin's style of teaching--I have a degree in Fine Art and have been painting for years, but think she does such a good job of building on the basics and encouraging play. Get your supplies ready ahead of time, if like me you want to play along. Thank you!

  • user-b0a82a

    December 2018

    Fantastic class - so informative and inspiring. After watching the lessons, I picked up my watercolors and started playing around with some of the covered techniques. Highly recommended!

  • Creativelive Student

    August 2018

    The watercolor class was fantastic! MJ is a great instructor!

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