A Solid Start in Watercolor with Lynn Powers II - Creative Catalyst Productions

A Solid Start in Watercolor with Lynn Powers II

Artist: Lynn Powers
Producer: Lynn Powers
Runtime: 1 Hour, 59 Minutes


A Solid Start in Watercolor II is designed to help beginning watercolorists gain confidence in a sometimes frustrating but always rewarding medium.

Watercolor instructor Lynn Powers presents basic concepts, techniques and tips that help students build a strong foundation from which to grow and explore. The DVD includes five lessons, each of which addresses a specific watercolor technique and introduces a basic concept important to successful painting.

A Solid start in Watercolor Part 1 & 2 is a series of classes designed to help you gain confidence, to introduce you to the basic materials, techniques and concepts of watercolor. Each class has a specific goal. The demonstrations and assignments are to help you focus on one skill at a time.

This series is NOT about drawing, that's a huge discipline all its own. Instead, you will be provided reference materials along with line drawings you can trace to use as subjects for each class. That way you will be able to focus completely on the watercolor techniques.

These classes are best done in order, as they build one upon the next. This first introductory portion will cover the materials you will need. They will be discussed in greater depth later in the series.

Getting off on the right foot in watercolor can make all the difference. This watercolor DVD will help you gain confidence in this versatile medium.

The DVD includes 5 lessons, each of which addresses a specific watercolor technique or concept.

Students learn the flat wash, variegated wash, wet-on-wet and negative painting techniques and discover how to use expressive brushwork in their paintings. The DVD includes printable line drawings for each on-camera demonstration, so everyone can paint along. Each lesson comes with a second exercise that students can print from the DVD for continued practice. These companion exercises include line drawings, original reference photos and illustrated step-by-step instructions.


Lesson 6    (Lessons 1-5 are in A Solid Start to Watercolor, Part 1)

  • Reflected light, and 
  • mixing color on your paper

    Lesson 7

    • Concept: Glazing & Pigments

    PIGMENTS: Pigments are different than colors. It's the stuff.
    Opacity/ Transparency: having to do with the grind of pigment and chemical make up.

    • Fugitive/ Permanent
    • Granulation

    Subject: Demo of farm house.


      Lesson 8

      • Masking and and
      • Lost and found edges

      Subject: Flowers in Vase


      Lesson 9

      • Color temperature and
      • Correction tips

        Lesson 10 : Fun Stuff
        • Charging color
        • Salt in a simple pear
        • Cellophane as a texturing background
        • Scraping through paint
        • Mouth atomizer
        • Dew drop
        • Clouds using tissue paper.
        • Lifting using scotch tape
        • Eraser guard
        • Figure
        • Scrubber




        Lynn Powers Article in Watercolor Artist Magazine

        I ordered the DVD and I love it. Very clear instruction. Great video quality. All the projects plus a companion project for extra practice are included on printable files on the DVD, printable from your computer. Looking forward to painting all these projects. Shipping from Creative Catalyst was very quick.- Rhonda


        This well-thought-out series of videos will teach painters, both new and advanced, to think like artists.  We tend to look at things in a general way - to see basic forms and colors, and then mentally fill in the rest.  The resulting picture is a generalization.  If you look at an apple, you see the round shape you expect to see and you conclude that the color is red.  Lynn will teach you to look beyond and within the object - to see it as a less delineated shape with some edges defined and others indistinct. 

        She will show you how colors of objects leak into one another and reflect, so that the shape of that apple might merge here and there with its background and the color, beyond just being red, is enriched with the colors of its environment.  This way of seeing is then expanded to include an exciting way of mixing colors right on the  paper for maximum vibrancy.  Lynn makes this process very logical and approachable.  After watching this series, your process of both seeing and painting will become saturated with unexpected color and bouncing light.  I highly recommend it! Susan Bourdet

        Last fall the DVD A Solid Start in Watercolor by Lynn Powers was used to instruct a beginners in watercolor workshop at our Art Center in Brownsville which I facilitated. The 6 students in the class were enthusiastic about the techniques and concepts that were presented.  Several said that they had taken other watercolor classes but none of those classes taught the strategies that were included in this video.  Also the sections for each painting were paced well.  As instructor I did an example of each the paintings for reference and also to anticipate issues the students might encounter. Sincerely,  Alice Tetamore  Brownsville Art Center