From Sketchbook to Painting: Developing Your Ideas in Watercolor
All levels | 1 hour 19 min
From Sketchbook to Painting: Developing Your Ideas in Watercolor
So many people have asked artist, illustrator and teacher Lindsay Stripling about her watercolor painting process that she designed an entire class around it. She’ll reveal her exact steps for creating a painting from start to finish, including brainstorming ideas, coming up with a palette, making an under drawing, painting base layers, and then adding finishing touches. Whether you follow her process or develop your own, Lindsay will encourage you to experiment and follow through on your ideas in watercolor.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Mixed media sketchbook (Lindsay uses Shinola brand)
  • Arches Watercolor Block 9" x 12" cold press 140lb paper
  • 1 sheet of Arches cold press cut to 7" x 10", keeping the remainder for scrap paper 
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Tombow H pencil
  • Eraser (Lindsay uses both square and stick erasers)
  • Sharpener
  • Round synthetic sable brushes sizes 0, 1 and 8
  • 2" foam brush
  • Rag or paper towels
  • Bone folder for separating the watercolor block
  • White gouache
  • Masking tape
  • Watercolors (Lindsay uses Venetian Red, Fluorescent Orange, Prussian Blue, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Sahara Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Carmine, French Vermillion, Indigo, Kremer White, Italian Gold Ochre)
  • A mixing surface like a large butcher tray
Learn how to:
  • Make thumbnail sketches
  • Create a custom color palette
  • Work in watercolor layers

What you'll get:
  • A 6-part series of easy-to-follow video lessons on how to paint with watercolor from
  • sketch to finished art
  • 8 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instructions by professional illustrator Lindsay Stripling
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
496 users recommended this class to a friend
pat Palus
Very interesting to watch the instructor use layering of paints. I had not seen that before.
December 31, 2022
Beth Schneider
I love Lindsay's art!
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Carolina Laudon
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