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Elaboration of Artisanal Watercolors

A course by Scriptorium Yayyan
Painter, Illustrator, and Calligrapher. Jaén, Spain.
Joined February 2017
, Painter, Illustrator, and Calligrapher

Create your own watercolor palette using traditional formulas

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (625)
  • 9919 students

Create your own watercolor palette using traditional formulas

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (625)
  • 9919 students
  • 11 lessons (1h 45m)
  • 9 additional resources (1 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

The intense, vibrant hues of watercolors handcrafted with traditional techniques are impossible to replicate with mass-produced products. No one knows this better than Curro Gutiérrez, painter, illustrator, and calligrapher specialized in codex painting and medieval illumination. Better known as Scriptorium Yayyan, he has worked for universities such as La Catedral de Jaén in Spain and La Sociedad Sefardí Española. He has also explored the world of advertising through collaborations with brands like Desigual.

Curro was named Enlumineur de France, the highest honor awarded to an artist in this discipline, deeming him an expert in the preservation of ancient techniques through the use of traditional materials and processes.

In this course, he teaches you how to create your own watercolors using traditional formulas and natural pigments.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation of the binder
  • U3
    U3. Preparation of watercolors
  • U4
    U4. Filling of godets and drying times
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get started by familiarizing yourself with Curro Gutiérrez's work as Scriptorium Yayyan and his main influences.

Next, explore the essential ingredients you need to create your own watercolor palette. Curro explains how to make classic binding agents with easy-to-find materials, revealing the formulas used to combine these ingredients and ways to store the mixture properly.

Learn to create a variety of rich, warm-toned hues like yellows, reds, ochers, and earth tones, and later move on to cool-toned hues, producing all kinds of vibrant blues and greens. Take it one step further by exploring rarer pigments used to create colors with hints of gold and silver.

Curro then gives you some useful advice to help you fill your palette wells with the watercolors you've created and discusses the different types of containers you can use to store your creations. Finish up by learning how climate impacts production and storage, and discover some useful tips on drying time, packaging, and final presentation.

What is this course's project?

Use natural pigments and traditional formulas to create your own portable watercolor palette with ten key hues you can mix to produce an endless spectrum of colors.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, painters, artists, calligraphers, and anyone interested in learning to create their own handcrafted watercolors using ancient, traditional formulas.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary. Curro Gutiérrez walks you through the entire process step by step.

As for materials, you need pigments, a glass slab and muller, an empty watercolor palette, a palette knife, gum arabic, honey, and eggs.


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Scriptorium Yayyan

A course by Scriptorium Yayyan

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Painter, Illustrator, and Calligrapher

Painter, Illustrator, and Calligrapher
Curro Gutiérrez, a classically trained artist with a degree in art history, began his career by studying calligraphy at a small art school in Lisbon. He later decided to delve further into manuscript illumination at the only institution specialized in the subject, the Institut Supérieur Européen de l'Enluminure et du Manuscrit (ISEEM) in Angers, France. After creating an illuminated codex in four different styles, he was named Enlumineur de France, the highest recognition given to an artist in this discipline, becoming the only Spaniard to have earned this title to date.

After completing his studies, he started his own business, Scriptorium Yayyan, specializing in calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts and giving workshops all over Europe.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation of the binder

    • Required elements and recipe
    • Egg white and honey water
    • Preparation of the mixture and preservation
  • U3

    Preparation of watercolors

    • Warm colors
    • Cold colors
    • Rare pigments and tips I
    • Rare pigments and tips II
  • U4

    Filling of godets and drying times

    • Guidelines for filling the godets and drying times
    • Final presentation of the watercolors
  • FP

    Final project

    • Artisan Watercolors

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Elaboration of Artisanal Watercolors. Craft course by Scriptorium Yayyan Best seller

Elaboration of Artisanal Watercolors

A course by Scriptorium Yayyan
Painter, Illustrator, and Calligrapher. Jaén, Spain.
Joined February 2017
  • 98% positive reviews (625)
  • 9919 students