First Watercolor Lesson, Washes And Values.

Art lessons on Video; beginner through advanced tips and technique on how to paint with watercolor.

To begin this watercolor lesson watch the video, and then print the "coloring book" using the to button on the left.


Value is the relative difference of dark and light. In a black and white (and gray) picture, value is easy to understand. Value in a color picture is difficult for the beginner to grasp. Perhaps its helpful to note that a dark red and a dark blue can have the exact same value.


A wash is an area of very wet paint. You create a wash when you paint an area of the paper with a layer of paint which is so wet that it stays so wet that the paint puddles on the surface. Basically watercolor is either washes or "drybrush", Drybrush isn't really dry but just wet enough to leave behind some damp paint. Washes are what makes watercolors so distinctive and beautiful, but that's another lesson,



You will be dealing with both of these concepts from the very first stroke of the brush. Understanding them makes everythingS much easier.


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Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color palette.
See materials list below...

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray

Burnt Sienna
0 - Red
Yellow Ochre
1 - Yellow
2 - Green
Cerulean Blue
3 - Blue
  ...( non sed. )
Phthalo Blue
4 - Cool Blue
Ultramarine Blue
5 - Warm Blue
Pyrrol Red
6 - Warm Red
Info Alizarin Crimson
( Quinacridone )

7 - Cool Red
Arylide Yellow FGL
8 - Warm Yellow
Arylide Yellow Deep
9 - Cool Yellow

140 Lb. Cold Pressed
140 Lb. Cold Pressed

The warmest color is orange

The coolest color is middle-blue

A warm red would be like a tomato (orangy)

A cool red Is like a strawbery (purpleish)

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