Busy Bee - Dark Backgrounds and Soft Edges

Dramatic Watercolor Paintings in Easy Steps

Nothing makes a watercolor pop like dark backgrounds and light subjects!

In Busy Bee, you'll learn which colors you can use for luminous dark backgrounds, how to mix them into a thick wash, and then apply them in the easiest, most successful patterns.Then, softening edges will give your objects a sense of distance or movement. Practice on the spots and flowers till you're good at softening, and then do the bee, for an eye-catching center of interest.


This lesson is simple enough for beginners to follow, step by step, and includes tons of helpful painting tips that even intermediate painters will appreciate.

Links to extra photos and videos are included, so, no matter what your favorite color, you'll find a bee and flower to make your own. Or, do a series for even more practice.

(Original reference photo from Pixabay Christian Berkholz.)



Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.



Course Curriculum


  Bee Video Demonstration
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  Busy Bee Links and Introduction
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  Downloads - Reference photo, instructions, etc.
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