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Getting Started With Colored Pencil & Watercolor

Master a mixed media combo for art that’s saturated with color, depth and creative inspiration.
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It's a new kind of mixology! Join award-winning artist and teacher Janie Gildow as she shows you essential techniques for combining watercolors and colored pencils to create art that's interesting to look at and makes the most of your creativity.


Janie Gildow



Janie Gildow is an award-winning professional artist and teacher. Her work has been published in more than 10 books. including "The Best of Colored Pencil," and she has taught students in public school, workshops and online classes throughout the United States.

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Introduction to Colored Pencils & Watercolors

01: Introduction to Colored Pencils & Watercolors

Meet instructor and award-winning colored pencil artist Janie Gildow and begin by warming up with blender bars. Together, you'll review the tools you'll need to get started, how to select the best watercolor materials for your project, and basic methods for creating combined colored pencil and watercolor artworks.

22 min
Colored Pencil Meets Watercolor

02: Colored Pencil Meets Watercolor

Take the guesswork out of combining colored pencils and watercolors by learning to make and use a color predictor. Then start on your first mini-project: painting and coloring yellow candy-covered chocolates by applying watercolor over your colored pencil layers.

26 min
More Approaches to Combining Colored Pencil & Watercolor

03: More Approaches to Combining Colored Pencil & Watercolor

Janie shares two more techniques: You'll see how to apply colored pencil on top of watercolor and you'll learn an integrated method for applying both mediums somewhat simultaneously. Practice these skills in two more mini-projects featuring fruit.

23 min
Landscape Project Part 1

04: Landscape Project Part 1

Put your skills to work as Janie introduces your big project: a highly textural landscape with vibrant colors, depth and water reflections. You'll start by adding watercolor washes for all elements, followed by foliage, leaf and grass textures. Next, you'll learn to create a feeling of space and strong composition in your landscapes.

22 min
Landscape Project Part 2

05: Landscape Project Part 2

Picking up where you left off in your landscape project, you'll work on three more steps: developing warmer tones, adding the sky and filling in reflections on the water.

20 min
Landscape Project Part 3

06: Landscape Project Part 3

You'll put the finishing touches on your landscape by building colors and tones, refining shapes and finally adding a wash over the water.

19 min