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Watercolor Travel Journal

A course by Alicia Aradilla
Travel illustrator and watercolorist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined January 2015
, Travel illustrator and watercolorist

Illustrate your travel experiences in an artistic and personal way

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (2K)
  • 38054 students

Illustrate your travel experiences in an artistic and personal way

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (2K)
  • 38054 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 26m)
  • 13 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Delving into experiences and expressing them on paper with watercolors has become the primary means of creative expression for artist Alicia Aradilla. Now a renowned contributor to the urban sketching community, Alicia started her artistic journey by leaving her graphic design job to travel the world and document her adventures. She now has over 110k followers on Instagram who admire her sketches full of color and originality.

In this course, learn the basic watercolor painting techniques for illustrating the first page of a travel diary. Work on composing a landscape, exploring colors, and creating elements like shadows, pencil sketches, and text to add personality and style to your work.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Basics before you start
  • U3
    U3. Production: designing the page and first strokes
  • U4
    U4. Production: watercolor and ink
  • U5
    U5. Your personal touch and the jump to the screen
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Discover Alicia’s journey as an artist and learn how she left her graphic design job at an advertising agency to travel the world and devote her time to watercolor painting. She shares her artistic influences, and goes through what you will learn in the course.

In the second unit, Alicia tells you about her experience with travel diaries. See her creative process and some essential materials (that are easy to transport). Learn the basic watercolor painting techniques and discover how to create your own color palette and special effects.

Time to start painting! Draw some sketches in your diary, select a reference image, and learn how to organize your elements into a composition that tells a story. Then, draw your final piece with a pencil.

Start with your first watercolor strokes and add color to your illustration. Then, Alicia teaches you how to retouch your art with a fountain pen, a white marker, and gouache paint. See how to add even more style to your piece with other artistic tricks.

Finally, learn how to find your own style and express it through your travel journal. Finish the course with Alicia’s tips on how to take photos of your work and the best practices for sharing it on social media.

What is this course's project?

Paint a page in your travel diary with watercolor using a landscape as your main subject.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For anyone interested in starting a travel diary or learning about watercolor.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required to take the course.

As for materials, you’ll need a sketchbook in A4 or A5 format, a pencil, a fountain pen, white gouache paint, watercolors, and paint brushes.


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Alicia Aradilla

A course by Alicia Aradilla

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Travel illustrator and watercolorist

Alicia Aradilla is a Spanish illustrator who studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design in Madrid. She worked in advertising agencies and was an art director at Samsung for more than 3 years.

In 2016 he entered the world of urban sketch, becoming a benchmark in the sector by working for different international brands. In 2017, she quit her job as a designer to travel the world and document her experiences in her watercolor notebook. This adventure was shared with his thousands of followers on social networks, who were delighted with his drawings and stories.

She currently works as a freelance illustrator, taking this new creative trend to different projects.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • What will we do in the course?
    • Influences
  • U2

    Basics before you start

    • Framing and depth
    • The color
    • Basic watercolor techniques
    • Materials
    • About travel notebooks
  • U3

    Production: designing the page and first strokes

    • Choose the reference image
    • Pencil drawing
    • Page composition
  • U4

    Production: watercolor and ink

    • Ideas to complete your page
    • Final touches
    • Entering details
    • First spots
  • U5

    Your personal touch and the jump to the screen

    • The jump to social networks
    • Your personal style
  • FP

    Final project

    • Watercolor travel notebook

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Watercolor Travel Journal. Illustration course by Alicia Aradilla Best seller

Watercolor Travel Journal

A course by Alicia Aradilla
Travel illustrator and watercolorist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined January 2015
  • 99% positive reviews (2K)
  • 38054 students