Watercolour: the basics


7 taught video tutorials for you to watch in your own time and at your own speed. 


At a relaxed pace, follow along in real time with your brush and paints.


Go back, review the videos, use the handouts and tips and tricks videos to improve. 

Become a confident watercolour artist in under 10 hours (7 tutorials)


Build on your existing skills or learn from scratch. 


Learn a new skill and master wonderful watercolour painting!


Starting with the very basics, I will teach you how to use watercolours.

I will guide you through some simple techniques to understand the workings of this popular art material.


In this course we will: 

  • Learn basic watercolour techniques

  • Build up your skills

  • Increase your confidence

  • Put theory into practice

  • Paint different subjects including: cactus, seascapes, florals, landscape and figures

  • Make a portfolio of work


"In all the years I'd been painting and drawing I had never got on with watercolours. I just didn't know what I was doing, and always felt frustrated. But you Helen, unlike any teacher I'd ever worked with, actually showed us how to work with watercolours - techniques I didn't know about (like wetting the paper, using more or less water on the brush). And, to my astonishment, I produced two lovely little watercolours that actually looked like proper paintings. It was a huge boost to my confidence, and gave me the impetus to keep exploring new techniques." Ronne


Create! art school is where I help people relax, unwind, unleash their creativity and make beautiful art. 


 Hello I'm Helen and I own and run Create! art school. I'm passionate about art and helping others discover their inner artist. My nurturing and supportive classes will allow you to immerse yourself in drawing, painting, printing or craft. Online or in-studio...my classes will fit into your life.


I firmly believe that anyone can be creative, you just need to give yourself the time, space and a little help to get there.  As a busy mum of 2, a business owner and former Head of Art in a Secondary School, I understand the pressure life puts on us.


I also know how easy it is not to reward ourselves with time to do things we love. That's where I come in.....Create! gives you that chance to escape real life for a bit, and immerse yourself into a completely mindful activity. 


Since setting up the business in 2017, I have helped hundreds of people, adults and children, unleash their creativity.

In Watercolour: the basics

I'll take you step by step through 7 painting tutorials.


You will learn: 

1. The Basics

Learn watercolour basics: Theory, workspace, paper, materials, colour

2. Techniques

Learn different watercolour skills including: wash, layering, masking

3. Cactus

Apply basic techniques to your first painting: theory into practise

4. Seascapes

Learn how to work with water to create these 3 different seascapes

5. Florals

Use two different styles to get started with florals. 

6. Landscape

Paint landscape by night and by day and learn how to use dramatic layers.

7. Figures

Learn and apply the basics of figure painting

Tips & Tricks (Bonus material)

Learn how to improve your paintings and overcome hurdles

Next Steps (Bonus material)

Develop your style, practise what you have learnt and improve

Sarah says

“I loved learning the different techniques as well as having a go at painting a different style. It’s been lovely to make time for myself to sit down and do something I love with some good instruction.  I really enjoyed Helen’s course. I found her tips and techniques really valuable and I have learnt a lot in a very short space of time. Thank you Helen.”

Carol says

“I enjoyed trying something new. The course was well taught, which gave me the basic skills of watercolour. I learnt a lot.”

Darshna says

“I was a complete novice but from the very first lesson we were producing complete pieces that we could be proud of, each lesson incorporated new techniques and showed how to use techniques and colours to achieve different effects.  I also loved being able to have time for myself and feel I have a new hobby and that I can build on what I’ve learnt.  Also Helen is so calm and she is the perfect tonic for anxiety. Worth every penny and I really loved it. Thank you very much.”

Jane says

“I haven’t done any art since I was at school; life, work and family have got in the way. I started Helen’s course out of curiosity and a desire to do something just for me; to relax and do something different. I have loved it! I am a bit of a perfectionist in life so finding watercolours equally liberating and challenging as I can’t control them!! Loving learning to just go with it!  Helen is a wonderful, patient and skilful teacher. I finished the introductory course and immediately signed up for the follow on course. I’ve found watercolours fun, relaxing and enjoyable. Would throughly recommend it.”

You will need the following:

Watercolour Paints

Watercolour Paper 


Masking fluid - and an old brush

Kitchen roll

Board to tape your work onto



Waterproof pen

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Watercolour: the basics



Enroll today and get immediate access to video content and workshops.

Dedicate just a few hours to master wonderful watercolour painting. 


 Instant access to the 7 video tutorials

Access to template downloads and help sheets

Login at any time and learn at your own pace

Improvement point tips and trouble shooting

Lifetime access to the class

Improve your water colour painting technique

Learn a new skill and build confidence

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