Negative Watercolor Painting for Children's Illustration

A course by Alinailustra
Illustrator and Designer. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined March 2017
, Illustrator and Designer

Expand your watercolor techniques to add depth and a touch of magic to your illustrations

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (123)
  • 2240 students

Expand your watercolor techniques to add depth and a touch of magic to your illustrations

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (123)
  • 2240 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (2h 34m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Watercolor is a beautiful art form that easily lends itself to rich combinations of tones, textures, and styles thanks to its wide range of techniques. One such technique is negative painting, which allows you to express your ideas and put them at the forefront of your illustrations by playing with negative space. Join Carolina Alarcón, children's illustrator and expert in this technique, and fill in the blank spaces to bring a one-of-a-kind illustration project to life.

In this course, learn the ins and outs of the negative painting technique by creating a composition with watercolor. Put your creativity to work from the first sketch to the finishing touches to create personal projects for your portfolio and social media. And if you want to delve into the creation of illustrations of characters and settings from scratch, discover their first course Illustration techniques with watercolor and gouache.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Before starting
  • U3
    U3. Lines to count
  • U4
    U4. Connect and share
  • FP
    FP Final project
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As an introduction to the course, Carolina Alarcón invites you into her colorful world and shares her main influences and sources of inspiration as well as her most distinguished projects as an illustrator of children's literature.

Begin with the basics and discover what negative watercolor painting is, what materials and tools are involved, and what each can be used for. Further explore this technique by practicing with a series of exercises and start shaping the idea for your project.

Carolina then walks you through her creative process and gives you some tips to help you brainstorm ideas and find the definitive image to paint using the negative watercolor technique.

To tie everything together, compile all the videos and images you took of your piece during the illustration process and transform them into posts for social media.

What is this course's project?

Create a children's illustration using the negative watercolor painting technique and document the creative process for your portfolio and social media.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in learning how to paint with watercolors or professionals who want to strengthen their illustration portfolio by showcasing advanced techniques.

Requirements and materials

Basic drawing skills are recommended for this course.

The material list includes watercolors, paper, paintbrushes, a pencil, masking tape, colored pencils, and other materials Carolina will specify in the course.


2240 Students
123 Reviews
99% Positive ratings


A course by Alinailustra

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Illustrator and Designer

Carolina Alarcón holds a degree in graphic design and has more than a decade of professional experience as an illustrator and designer. The bulk of her work focuses on children's illustration, primarily for the publishing industry. She has collaborated with publishing companies such as Pearson México, Planeta, Norma, Piedra Santa, Santillana, and Revista Bacánika to name a few.

Carolina is the creative mind and hand behind Alinailustra, her personal online brand where she offers products decorated with her own illustrations and shares educational materials. She also recently launched ilustropik, an initiative centered around organizing activities and events to help promote work from illustrators in her city.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Before starting

    • Painting the empty space
    • Creative materials and resources
    • Basic exercises for watercolor 1
    • Basic exercises for watercolor 2
    • Colour
  • U3

    Lines to count

    • The creative look
    • Deciding the stroke and color
    • Painting the scene: Base
    • Painting negative
    • Painting negative: Details
  • U4

    Connect and share

    • Share the process
    • Job Log: Scan
    • Professional platforms for your work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Negative watercolor techniques for children's illustration

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

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    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each teacher imparts what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Earn a certificate with every course

    Get a personalized and signed certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

  • All courses are 100% online, so once they are published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

  • The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational texts, tasks, and practice exercises to carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, and share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Negative Watercolor Painting for Children's Illustration. Illustration course by Alinailustra

Negative Watercolor Painting for Children's Illustration

A course by Alinailustra
Illustrator and Designer. Bogota, Colombia.
Joined March 2017
  • 99% positive reviews (123)
  • 2240 students