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    Welcome to Watercolour

    A beginners guide to contemporary botanical watercolour with Natalie Martin

    • Beginner Friendly 
    • Suitable for ages 8+
    • Self-paced learning
    • Lifetime Access
    • Beautifully filmed in HD

    Welcome! My name is Natalie Martin and I'm a watercolour artist based in Victoria, Australia. This is my first online course, and where else do you start but at the beginning? In this self-paced beginners guide to contemporary watercolour we start from square one and build your skills and confidence towards painting botanical specimen from observation. I have essentially broken down my own process into accessible, bite size pieces ready for you to devour.

    Working through a series of technique based exercises I share all my hot tips. We'll look at getting the paint moving fluidly on the page, how to hold your brush, manage water control, swirl and twirl that brush like a pro, relax into the process and so much more.

    I delve not only into what materials you'll need and how to work them, but why as well. I believe understanding why I use and recommend certain things over others can better inform you as an artist and your own choices. My philosophy is build your kit gradually, rather than an enormous initial outlay. Discover and play with the medium first. Find your feet in it and tailor your materials accordingly.


    My own style: loose, organic, flowy is all about gaining an expression of the subject on the page - not replicating it exactly. I talk about how I source my inspiration and how working from observation has really informed my practice. I encourage you to find your own creative voice. Your choices, your interpretation, your eye will all inform how your work will turn out.

    What to expect:


    9 videos shot in High Definition with an overall run time of 90 minutes. The beauty of a self paced online course is that you work through this course to pause and practice before proceeding onto the next stages.

    Outcomes:


    A fundamental skill set in watercolour

    An understanding of watercolour as a medium and other necessary materials
     

    A final project - a botanical watercolour painting

    Downloadable files included:


    Materials List

    Course Notes

    Emergency Reference Photos

    What you'll need:


    I go into greater detail on materials required in the second video of the course. I have tried to keep the supplies required to a minimum so it's more about the painting than the supplies!

    • Watercolour paints
    • Round brushes - size 10 and 4
    • Watercolour paper
    • Pencil and eraser
    • Two water jars
    • Palette (an old plate will do)
    • Paper towel
    • Surface to work on

    I have put together a painting kit of all the materials you'll need available below.

    Let's Get Started!

    Welcome to Watercolour is available on Teachable as a one off purchase cost. You receive lifetime access to the course videos and can work through the course at your own pace.

    Buy Welcome to Watercolour Teachable Course $59 AUD

    You'll be taken to the Teachable website to enrol.

    Buy Welcome to Watercolour Teachable Course + Water Colour Painting Kit $120 AUD

    Bundle saving of $19

    The course is also available on Skillshare (a subscription based platform). Here you will find the whole Welcome to Watercolour course, as well as many other courses across other disciplines! You can subscribe to Skillshare and pay a monthly subscription to access the entire library of Skillshare online courses. You will only have access to the course while you have a Skillshare subscription.

    What other students had to say

    "Excellent class in every way—instruction, videography, demos! "This class is well-suited to those new to watercolor and to seasoned watercolorists seeking a more contemporary style or in need of a kick start from a slump. I found Natalie’s view on “color and playfulness” in art refreshing. I will definitely be trying out the exercises shown in this class. Thank you for sharing, Natalie!”

    Jo C.

    "Loved every second of this Skillshare class. Really encouraging and helpful:)”

    Sarah A.

    "I want more! I learned more from these few short lessons than I have watching hours and hours of beginner art tutorials! The whole brush stroke thing finally fell into place. I love that I now have a whole range of skills that I can use to create the kind of art I’m most interested in. Thank you so much!"

    Tina H.

    Watercolour Painting Kit
    Watercolour Painting Kit
    Watercolour Painting Kit

    Watercolour Painting Kit

    Everything you need to get your watercolour journey started. You can also bundle the Online Course with the Painting Kit.

    Gift 'Welcome to Watercolour' Online Course
    Gift 'Welcome to Watercolour' Online Course
    Gift 'Welcome to Watercolour' Online Course
    Gift 'Welcome to Watercolour' Online Course

    Gift 'Welcome to Watercolour' Online Course

    Gift a loved one Natalie's online course 'Welcome to Watercolour: A beginners guide to contemporary botanical watercolour'.

    This is a beautiful letterpressed gift certificate sent in the mail. A code will be provided for the recipient to enrol in the course on Teachable, plus instructions on how to do this. Presented together in a kraft paper envelope.

    If you would like to gift the 'Welcome to Watercolour' bundle, including the online course and Watercolour Painting Kit, then head over here.

    Learn more about the course here.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When does the course start and finish?
    The course is a self-paced online course that you’re welcome to start as soon as you’re ready and receive your login details. The beauty of the online courses is that you can go at your own pace and in your own time. Practicing and pausing as you progress through the course and the ability to revisit sections as you need.


    What’s the difference between Teachable and Skillshare?
    Purchasing the course through Teachable is a once off fee and once enrolled in the course you have lifetime access.

    Skillshare is a subscription based model. To access the courses available you’ll need to maintain a monthly subscription service to Skillshare. Once you cancel your subscription you will no longer be able to access the course.


    Buying the Course Only...
    When buying the Online Course, you will be directed to Teachable. Enrolling in the course on Teachable it is a two step process. When buying the Teachable course by itself, you’ll be taken to their website to complete the purchase. If you don’t already have a Teachable sign up, it will request for you to create a Teachable account. Then once you’re all signed up with Teachable, the course will be listed and accessible from within your Teachable account then you’re all ready to go… Happy painting!


    Buying the Painting Kit + Course Bundle…
    When buying the Painting Kit with Course Bundle, your order transaction will go through nataliemartin.com.au and you will be provided an order confirmation email that confirms your painting kit bundle order.

    Your painting kit will be dispatched with an instruction sheet that includes the information you’ll need to access the Teachable course. You will be provided with a link and a unique coupon code to redeem your course on the Teachable check out page.

    Once you’re on the Teachable check out page, within the ‘Order Summary’ section, click on ‘Add Coupon Code’ and you can enter your unique course code there. Proceed with the rest of the checkout (note: you should not have any amount outstanding to pay).

    If you don’t already have a Teachable sign up, it will suggest for you to create a Teachable account. Then once you’re all signed up with Teachable, the course will be listed and accessible from within your Teachable account and away you go... Happy painting!



    Can I gift this Course?
    We would be delighted for you to gift this course. Head on over to the gift voucher page and select which course you’d like to gift. You then email through to the purchaser (gifter) an information sheet with a Teachable link and coupon code that can be gifted to the ‘giftee’ to be redeemed for the course on Teachable. 


    I have been gifted a Natalie Martin Teachable Course…
    Hooray! You’ve been gifted a wonderful experience to get creative. You should have received as part of your gift voucher a Teachable link and coupon code to redeem to access your course.

    Once you type the Teachable link, you’ll be sent onwards to the Teachable check out page, within the ‘Order Summary’ section, click on ‘Add Coupon Code’ and you can enter your unique course code there. Proceed with the rest of the checkout (note: you should not have any amount outstanding to pay).

    If you don’t already have a Teachable sign up, it will suggest for you to create a Teachable account. Then once you’re all signed up with Teachable, the course will be listed and accessible from within your Teachable account and away you go... Happy painting!


    Are your courses suitable for kids?
    Yes! My beginners course ‘Welcome to Watercolour’ although not created specifically for kids is young person friendly, I suggest from ages 8 and up. My second course ‘Magic of Colour Mixing’ has a bit more technical content in it, so I would suggest from ages 10 and up. Even better, sit down with your kids and do it together!


    What materials will I need to do the course?
    I put an emphasis on the painting over the materials, expensive art materials tend to be a hindrance to the experience. If you have a set of watercolours already, use those! You don’t need to dash out and buy a whole lot of new supplies to match what you see in the course. You’ll also need a brush or two, some watercolour paper, pencil and eraser, a couple of water jars and some paper towel. I have two kits available in my online store that provide you with all the materials you need, see more here.

    Good lighting helps too, natural light is best if you can manage it, a good workspace as well as a pinch of creative courage! We delve further into materials in the second video of the course covering not only what, but why.