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Improve Your Paintings: Luminous Watercolor Mixing

Professional watercolorist Kateri Ewing guides you through mixing watercolors to achieve the vibrant hues you want every time.
Improve Your Paintings: Luminous Watercolor Mixing is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 25.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear and concise instruction I bought this course looking for something more than just another color theory presentation and I was very pleased with the entire presentation. Instruction was very clear and concise. Excellent video of the process. Clear examples. Guidebook was complete and matched the course.
Date published: 2023-07-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Improve your paintings The teacher was great but I could t return to the earlier episodes to review them. I kept getting skipped to Lesson 6 because I had already watched the other lessons. I kept pressing the back arrows, but it kept skipping to episode 6.
Date published: 2023-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant improvement Watched it immediately and found it worth my while. While I've been doing painting, carving and other creative endeavors my entire life, with some amount of training, I learned stuff about color mixing, palette, techniques and how to choose brushes. A major painting I was working on changed completely and for the better when I applied her brush techniques.
Date published: 2022-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must take this class!! I can't say enough about how much I got out of this class! None of the classes I have taken (only 1 at college) teach about color. A whole new world and such a great teacher! This is for ALL levels. Take it - you won't regret it!
Date published: 2022-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding primer for watercolor enthusiasts. This is a well taught and well demonstrated lesson. I found it most helpful and sound.
Date published: 2021-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this course. Just what I needed. I’m 76 and fascinated by watercolors. I’ve done a bit of painting in oils, but no longer wanted the chemical challenge. Since watercolors had been calling me for years (since high school, lol) I decided to give it a try. Got the paints and papers, and found myself very confused, not knowing where to begin. THIS COURSE HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL GIFT. I have begun my color charts and today I will do the leaf. I’m so grateful for her calm demeanor and step-by-step process. I feel a confidence in moving forward in this medium. I hadn’t realized just what luscious colors were possible with a basic 6 color palette. It is magical. My journey into the world of watercolors has begun.
Date published: 2021-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course on color mixing I loved this course in the basics of color mixing. The course was planned well and took you through step by step in understanding color blending. I will use this in my art work and have started my color chart notebook. Take this course if you are interested in learning more about color mixing to get the results you want in your artwork
Date published: 2021-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome foundation for luminous paintings! de-mystifies the subject of muddy colors. also helps limit your pallet without sacrificing color choices.
Date published: 2021-01-17
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Learn skills for mixing watercolors to achieve vibrant hues and luminous neutrals. With professional watercolorist Kateri Ewing as your guide, you'll kick off class with a lesson on color theory basics, organizing your palette and making a 15-color wheel. Next, discover how to create personalized color charts that will help you match the exact hues you want to achieve. After you're completely comfortable with primary and secondary color relationships, discover how to create more nuanced color mixes using complementary tertiary hues. Ready to apply your new watercolor mixing skills? Kateri will guide you through a study of a pear using techniques for transferring a line drawing, adding a first glaze and using darker colors to create dimension.


Kateri Ewing

Watercolor can become like a new language that you can use to express your creativity across many subjects and styles.

For watercolorist Kateri Ewing, painting is all about capturing the awe she feels for the natural world. In preparation for painting, Kateri regularly walks and photographs the woods, meadows and waterways in two of her favorite places near her home in western New York state: Wyoming County and Knox Farm State Park. Kateri's passion for painting and drawing is infused in her teaching, and sharing her techniques with students of all ages is her favorite thing about being an artist. Kateri's original watercolors are currently represented by Meibohm Fine Arts.

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Improve Your Paintings: Luminous Watercolor Mixing
Improve Your Paintings: Luminous Watercolor Mixing


Understanding Successful Watercolor

01: Understanding Successful Watercolor

Meet artist Kateri Ewing as she introduces you to the limitless possibilities of watercolor. Kateri explains the characteristics of successful watercolor paintings, including how to select the most effective paints and tools. Next, learn the difference between luminous and muddy works, which will transform the way you'll see and paint in the future.

21 min
Split Primary System

02: Split Primary System

Learn the difference between primary and split primary colors, and discover how color theory will help improve your paintings. Kateri shows you how organizing your palette will reduce frustration and wasted paint, and she walks you through the creation of your own 15-color wheel.

11 min
Charts & Color Matching

03: Charts & Color Matching

Every artist has experienced the disappointment of not being able to match a hue exactly, but Kateri shows you how to solve this common challenge! Create your personalized color charts that train your hand and your eye to recognize color relationships, and allow you to match any color you can find.

24 min
Tertiaries, Neutrals & Greens

04: Tertiaries, Neutrals & Greens

Now that you've mastered primary and secondary color relationships, Kateri walks you through ways to mix complementary tertiary hues to achieve even more nuanced mixes. Next, she shares professional tips for transforming unnatural green paint pigments into the greens found in nature.

23 min
Project Foundations & Color Study

05: Project Foundations & Color Study

Apply your new understanding of watercolor paints and color theory to a study of a pear (or anything else that you desire). Kateri shares her preferred method of transferring a line drawing before walking you through the first glaze of a color study.

14 min
Building Color & Completing the Pear

06: Building Color & Completing the Pear

Continue building your colors as you improve your ability to accurately observe and mix various shades. Kateri helps you work darker colors into your yellow and green pear study, creating depth and form with washes, stunning details and nuanced shading.

26 min