Watercolor Landscapes: Experimental Tools and Techniques

A course by Christian Koivumaa
Watercolor Artist. Katrineholm, Sweden.
Joined February 2021
, Watercolor Artist

Explore a variety of watercolor techniques using different tools and create unique works of art inspired by the world around you

  • 94% positive reviews (83)
  • 2131 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore a variety of watercolor techniques using different tools and create unique works of art inspired by the world around you

  • 94% positive reviews (83)
  • 2131 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 lessons (2h 4m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

A strong painting is much more than pigment on paper — it activates the senses, says watercolor artist Christian Koivumaa. He is passionate about painting atmospheric artwork that invites people to feel the elements portrayed in a painting, as if they were there. He is a top-selling artist in his home country of Sweden, appearing in numerous exhibitions and galleries.

In this course, he teaches you to paint a unique and enchanting landscape that draws the eye in, using experimental techniques and different tools. Learn about composition and perspective, elevate your sketching techniques, and understand how to create depth, texture and preserve negative white space. Understand how to use the language of watercolor to translate the scenes around you.

This is Christian’s second course at Domestika. In his first course, Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor, he teaches you how to paint evocative scenes inspired by the natural world.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials, Composition and Perspective
  • U3
    U3. Techniques
  • U4
    U4. The Project Step by Step
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know watercolor artist Christian Koivumaa and hear about how painting became a way of life for him. He also shares the influences he admires and those who inspire him to continue developing his artistic skills.

Familiarize yourself with materials for the course. Then, Christian teaches you the guidelines for successful composition and perspective before showing how to sketch from reference photos with pencil and then with your watercolors. He also guides you through the technique of negative painting and shows you how to paint clouds into your landscape.

Learn a variety of Christian’s favorite techniques for creating depth, texture, highlights, and fog or smoke. He takes you through how to use each tool for each effect, including how to preserve your white space with masking fluid. Then he shows you how to soften the edges of the paint once it has dried.

Take what you have learned and paint your landscape. Begin by masking your paper and sketching your image. Christian then guides you step-by-step through the application of your first and second washes, explaining the mixing of paints and creating your foreground. End the course by painting the focal point of your artwork and adding the final details to the piece.

What is this course's project?

Paint a captivating landscape featuring a focal point, using experimental watercolor techniques. Christian paints a barn as his focal point, but you are welcome to paint what you’d like.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to explore painting with watercolors or broaden their painting techniques.

Requirements and materials

This course is for beginner and intermediate painters.

In terms of materials, you will need watercolor brushes and paper, pigments, a spray bottle, palette knife, masking fluid, and other materials specified by the teacher in the course.


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A course by Christian Koivumaa

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Christian Koivumaa is an artist who specializes in watercolor landscapes. He grew up in Sweden, surrounded by his father’s oil-painted landscape paintings. Although he spent much of his free time sketching, Christian first committed himself to a career in sports. After nine Swedish karate championships, an injury forced him to quit and rediscover his love of watercolor as a creative outlet.

Since then, he’s spent the last 12 years developing his unique technique, which has seen him become one of the top-selling artists in Sweden and has had his work exhibited at leading galleries. Christian also shares his work with over 20K followers on Instagram and teaches watercolor painting to others who are interested in the art.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials, Composition and Perspective

    • Creating Depth
    • Sketching with Watercolor
    • Sketching from References
    • Composition and Perspective
    • Materials
  • U3


    • Scraping Pigment with a Palette Knife
    • Softening Edges After the Paint Has Dried
    • Preserving White Areas
    • Creating Fog or Smoke
    • Creating Texture With a Spray Bottle
  • U4

    The Project Step by Step

    • Details
    • Focal Point
    • Second Wash
    • Mixing Paint and the First Wash
    • The Sketch and Masking
  • FP

    Final project

    • Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor

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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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Watercolor Landscapes: Experimental Tools and Techniques. Illustration course by Christian Koivumaa

Watercolor Landscapes: Experimental Tools and Techniques

A course by Christian Koivumaa
Watercolor Artist. Katrineholm, Sweden.
Joined February 2021
  • 94% positive reviews (83)
  • 2131 students