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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 color palette using traditional recipes

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
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Elaboration of Artisanal Watercolors

Create your color palette using traditional recipes

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (337)
  • 5866 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 11 Lessons (1h 45m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The intensity of the colors and the brightness of the pigments created with traditional techniques can not be compared with any product manufactured in an industrial way. Curro Gutiérrez - better known as Scriptorium Yayyan - is a painter, illustrator and calligrapher specializing in painting codices or medieval illumination. He has worked for universities, the Cathedral of Jaén (Spain), the Sephardic Spanish Society and in advertising for brands such as Desigual.

He has received the title of Enlumineur de France , the greatest recognition in this artistic discipline, which gives him the responsibility to work with millenary techniques trying to be faithful to and respectful of traditional procedures and materials.

In this course he will teach you how to make your own watercolors using traditional recipes, made up of natural pigments.

About this 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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You will begin by getting to know the work of Curro Gutiérrez and his influences when working under the name of Scriptorium Yayyan.

Then he will talk about the essential ingredients that you should use when creating your own palette of watercolors. It will tell you about the classic binders and will give you the ingredients you should have on hand to create them, teach you the recipes and how to preserve the product.

He will teach you first to create a variety of warm colors: yellows, reds, ochres, earth tones ... and then cold ones, a range of blues and greens. Later on he will also talk about how to obtain more rare pigments such as gold and silver, although he will not include them in the final palette.

Curro will give you very useful tips on filling godets and will give you ideas about the different containers to keep your watercolors in. You will also see how the weather influences the creation and conservation of watercolors and you will get invaluable tips on drying times, packaging and final presentation.

What is this course's project?

You will learn to process the pigments to create a palette of ten watercolors with which you can get almost the entire spectrum of colors. Curro will give you tips to create a travel palette.

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Who is it for?

To illustrators, painters, artists, calligraphers and anyone interested in learning to create their own watercolors in a traditional way following traditional millenary recipes.

What you need

No previous knowledge of any kind is necessary, since Curro Gutiérrez will teach you the whole process step by step.

With regard to the materials you will need: pigments, a glass plate, a moleta or pisapigmentos, godet, spatula, gum arabic, honey and eggs.


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Scriptorium Yayyan

A course by Scriptorium Yayyan

Painter, illustrator and calligrapher

Curro Gutiérrez, Bachelor of Art History, began his calligraphy studies in a small school of artisans in Lisbon and decided to specialize in the Lighting of Manuscripts in the only specialized institution in the field: the ISEEM (Institut Superieur Européen de l'Enluminure et du Manuscrit) which is located in the French city of Angers. After the creation of a codex illuminated in four different styles, he obtained the title of Enlumineur de France , the highest recognition in this artistic discipline, becoming the only Spanish to receive it so far.

At the end of these studies he created Scriptorium Yayyan, the company with which he is dedicated to develop all kinds of works related to illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy and to give workshops in 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. A 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
  • 99% Positive reviews (337)
  • 5866 students