Quick Start Watercolor Lessons

Follow along with Joe as he sets up his watercolor station and goes through some of favorite basic techniques to get the painting up and running. Click the links below to view larger individual movies.

 

  1. Setting Up Your Watercolor Palette

    Setting Up Your Watercolor Palette

    Cheap Joe demonstrates how he sets up his watercolor palette. He explains how he lays out his colors from warm colors to cool colors keeping everything in order.

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    Setting Up Your Watercolor Table

    Cheap Joe Miller demonstrates how he sets up his studio table for doing watercolor paintings. He show the correct set up to make you more efficient while doing watercolor paintings.

  3. Value Study

    Value Study

    Joe Miller demonstrates how he takes value studies and prepares them to be used as a guide for a watercolor painting.

  4. Wetting and Stretching Watercolor Paper

    Wetting and Stretching Watercolor Paper

    Joe Miller demonstrates how he stretches watercolor paper to prepare it for painting.

  5. Mixing Watercolors

    Mixing Watercolors

    Joe Miller demonstrates how to properly mix watercolor paints.

  6. Making a Color Value Chart

    Making a Color Value Chart

    Joe Miller demonstrates how to make your own watercolor value chart to hang up on your wall.

  7. Transfer a Value Study To Watercolor

    Transfer a Value Study To Watercolor

    Joe shows how he transfers a sketch from his value study book to the watercolor paper in preparation to doing a watercolor painting.

  8. Using Artists Tape

    Using Artists Tape

    Joe Miller demonstrates how he uses artist tape in a way so that he doesn't tear the paper when pulling it back up.

  9. Mixing and Scraping Methods

    Mixing and Scraping Methods

    Joe Miller demonstrates how he uses artist tape in a way so that he doesn't tear the paper when pulling it back up.

  10. Mixing and Scraping Methods

    Mixing and Scraping Methods

    Joe Miller shows you one way to mix color. Most people think of mixing color in mixing it on the palette and I'm constantly hearing "I'm making mud" or "I'm making a mess." This is a way to let your color mix without mixing it on the palette because we're going to let it mix on the paper.

  11. Using Spray Bottles With Color

    Using Spray Bottles With Color

    Joe Miller explains how to paint with watercolors using a spray bottle to diffuse water and create air brush effects. These watercolor painting techniques are helpful for adding highlights to your watercolor art work.

  12. Using Spray Bottles With Color

    Using Spray Bottles With Color

    Joe Miller explains how to paint with watercolors using a spray bottle to diffuse water and create air brush effects. These watercolor painting techniques are helpful for adding highlights to your watercolor art work.

  13. Using the Rigger Brush

    Using The Rigger

    Joe Miller shows us how to use the rigger to put in the fine details at the end of a watercolor painting.

  14. Cheap Joe's Artists Instructional Videos

    Cheap Joe's Artists Instructional Videos

    Visit our YouTube channel for more helpful hints from "Cheap" Joe Miller and friends that will hopefully make your art experience even more enjoyable. Features include artist interviews, art instruction videos, as well as complete quick art lessons from Joe himself and other top workshop instructors from across the country.


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