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Experimental Watercolor Techniques for Beginners

A course by Ana Santos
Painter and illustrator. Salamanca, Spain.
Joined April 2011
, Painter and illustrator

Learn how to paint with watercolor from scratch and make the most out of your mistakes

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (3.1K)
  • 66838 students

Learn how to paint with watercolor from scratch and make the most out of your mistakes

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (3.1K)
  • 66838 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 51m)
  • 74 additional resources (65 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

In many disciplines, making mistakes often carries negative connotations, but for artist and illustrator Ana Santos, she sees an opportunity to discover something new. In this course, master the basics of watercolor from scratch and explore your imagination.

If you’ve already taken her first course Illustrated Portrait in Watercolor, this time around Ana helps you open up your mind to mistakes and take a more creative approach to your art.

Learn how to draw realistic and creative versions of animals from a photograph and paint them using watercolors and experimental techniques.

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carolinaarayaacua 28.10.2020 at 10:00

It was awesome, I really like how the teacher explain, and discover that is very relaxing for me to do, I took the course because I didn't know how to use the watercolours properly and now is fascinating for me, I wanna continue with another course by the same teacher and few watercolour courses.
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What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Before starting
  • U3
    U3. To paint! Experimental techniques
  • U4
    U4. Let's continue experimenting
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Ana Santos and how she got started in her career. See some of her recent work and her main artistic influences.

Before jumping into the theory, Ana gives you a detailed explanation of the materials you need to start painting with watercolors and shows her latest discoveries to simplify and speed up the drawing process.

Learn how to draw and frame your reference images without tracing to give your animal portraits a realistic look or a more original touch depending on the style you want.

Next, go over the basics of color theory and its main characteristics and experiment mixing colors to create new ones. Reinforce these concepts by looking at some real-life examples to understand the importance of color in the composition of an image.

Move on to the practical aspects and learn basic watercolor techniques including dry brush, wet brush, dry on dry, dry on wet, wet on dry, and wet on wet. Ana shows you some tricks to perfect these techniques and shares a key piece of advice for painting with watercolors: be open to mistakes.

Now that you have a solid foundation, it’s time to start painting your animals. Experiment with lines and spots and practice using and combining the techniques you’ve learned to create increasingly complex paintings of different animals.

By the end of the course, you’ll have your own collection of stunning watercolor illustrations, including a bird, a toucan, a chameleon, a wolf, a tiger, a greyhound, a Siamese fighting fish, and a hare, as well as the skills and knowledge to create whatever you can imagine.

What is this course's project?

Paint and compile a series of watercolor illustrations using traditional and experimental techniques to create an animal house that provides endless possibilities for future projects.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to explore the wonderful and spontaneous world of watercolor.

Requirements and materials

This is a beginner’s course, so no prior knowledge is necessary.

As for materials, you need a basic set of watercolors, paper with different weights and textures, brushes, a mixing palette, masking tape, white gouache or similar, India ink, a pencil, and other materials that your teacher will specify in the course.


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Ana Santos

A course by Ana Santos

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Painter and illustrator

Drawing has been Ana's passion since she was a child, so she didn't think twice about enrolling in a fine arts school where she specialized in drawing and graphic design. She has always been fascinated by the human figure, which often appears in one form or another in her personal projects.

Ana combines traditional and digital techniques and is an expert at capturing expressive looks, strong attitudes, and somber moods in her illustrations, which have appeared in publications from major publishers such as Penguin Random House, Editorial Planeta, and Roca Editorial.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Before starting

    • materials
    • Fit motifs
    • Fit motifs II
    • The color
    • Basic watercolor techniques
  • U3

    To paint! Experimental techniques

    • Flat colors / Transparencies
    • The color line
    • The use of the stain
    • Stroked watercolor / Wet on dry
  • U4

    Let's continue experimenting

    • Watercolor and ink
    • Watercolor and watercolorable charcoal
    • Watercolor and gouache
    • Combining techniques I
    • Combining techniques II
  • FP

    Final project

    • Watercolor techniques for beginners

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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're 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 text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you 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, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Experimental Watercolor Techniques for Beginners. Illustration course by Ana Santos Best seller

Experimental Watercolor Techniques for Beginners

A course by Ana Santos
Painter and illustrator. Salamanca, Spain.
Joined April 2011
  • 99% positive reviews (3.1K)
  • 66838 students