What you can expect!

Included in this complete modern watercolor class...

Over 6 hours of video instruction that you can watch over and over again as you learn how to paint modern watercolors with me! Begin with color mixing, how to use your brushes for achieving easy abstract paintings, leaves and even flowers. Learn about color theory, composition, wet-on-wet techniques and how to build layers of color and dimension all while you actively paint! This jam packed class will have you addicting to painting and exploring watercolor in no time, taking you from a beginner, not knowing where to start, to painting pieces that you can frame, gift or enjoy for yourself!

Enrolment opens again on April 7th, 2020

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Course curriculum

  • 1
    Introduction to Modern Watercolor Painting for Beginners
  • 2
    Supplies and How to use them
    • Welcome to Class
    • Supplies and tools Video Lesson
    • Watercolor Paints and how to work with them
    • Brush strokes video lesson
  • 3
    Let's Explore Color and the Color Wheel
    • Color Wheel
    • Painting Transparencies
    • Painting wet-on-wet & dry-on-dry
    • Painting Color Stories
    • You just finished the first section!
  • 4
    Painting Abstract Watercolor Pieces
    • Let's practice painting abstract pieces!!
    • Abstract Practice Lesson Number 1
    • Abstract Practice Lesson Number 2
    • Abstract Painting Lesson Number 3
    • Abstract Painting Lesson Number 4
    • You've completed the Abstract Painting Section of the class!
  • 5
    Painting Single Stroke Stems and Leaves
    • Using your brushes to paint leaves, stems, and botanicals
    • Painting Single Stems & Adding Variety
    • Dry-on-Dry Painting on Leaves
    • Painting Stems and Adding Depth & Dimension
    • Painting a Stem Adding New Elements & Color
    • Paint a Full Page of Leaves
    • Variegated Leaf Part 1
    • Variegated Leaf Part 2
  • 6
    Painting Modern Florals
    • A Look at Floral Watercolor Examples
    • Painting an Open Flower & Bud
    • Painting a Second Style of Open Floral
    • Painting a Grouping of Peonies
    • Use a Filbert to Paint Violet Shaped Florals
    • Adding Detail to a Flower using Dry-on-Dry
  • 7
    Painting Typographical Lettering & Fonts
    • Explore Lettering with Watercolor
    • Painting Block Lettering and Adding Details
    • Adding Serifs and Painting Happy Birthday (I misspelt birthday!!!)
    • Painting Be Kind & Using a Variety of Typography
    • Painting a Very Loose Wreath & Adding the Word Love
  • 8
    Final Tips
    • Some Final Tips to Try
    • How to transform a piece that you don't love
    • Adding some mixed media to existing pieces
    • A few last things to try
  • 9
    BONUS! Playful Mixed-Media Abstracts
    • How to paint an Abstract Mixed Media piece
  • 10
    Thank you!!!
    • Thank you!!!


Here's what students are saying about the course

“Nice, relaxed pace, encouragement offered regularly, a great beginning to watercolour!”


Ask me anytime!

Not sure if this course is right for you?! Send me a quick message nicki@lifeidesign.com and I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about this modern watercolor class for beginners!

Meet your teacher!

  • Nicki Traikos

    Nicki Traikos


    Life I design was born out of passion to live a creative life and from a desire to design things that suited my personal taste and what I wanted to have around me. I am a work-from-home Mom-preneur! My kids are now 18 and 16 and I am blessed to have the freedom and flexibility to pursue my love for all things creativity and art while I teach others to do the same! I am a huge fan of online learning and it's how I've built life i design these last 7 years so I'm excited to help others learn new skills, fall in love with creativity and start their own home-based business! I hope you join me for a class or two! I am excited to be a part of your personal and creative journey!