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Sailboat Sunset - Mastering The Graded Wash

Secrets To Beautiful Graded Washes The Easy Way

Painting a smooth graded wash, from light to dark or one color to another - that's what watercolor is all about!

(I wish I had mastered the graded wash early in learning how to paint, but it's never too late. Practice and learn, whether you're a beginner or accomplished artist.)

So, how do you paint a smooth transition, without messy brushstrokes? In this lesson, you'll learn how to let gravity do the work, and build your colors up step by step, for the perfect graded wash every time.

You will receive an outline page you can trace and written instructions to go along with the step by step video demonstration, plus a quick demo of an easy way to show off your work by matting.

Set yourself up for success by learning the graded wash technique today. You'll also be using a limited palette of red, yellow and blue for practice mixing and a professional looking result.

Find your way to smooth sailing with watercolor painting when you learn how to do the perfect graded wash.

Happy Painting!


Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

I'm a self taught artist and I love teaching!

My story is simple.

I showed a lot of interest and talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art as a waste of time. I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. While I was home with the birth of my daughter, I bought a cheap set of watercolors and fell in love with the bloom of color. I told my husband, 'I'm going to keep painting with these until I get really good.'


Back then, not many painted realistic watercolors, so I practiced and tried things until I worked out my own style. It took a lot of trial and error,

. When I entered my first art show, I won two awards and was told I'd have to enter the professional category and not beginner. That frightened me soo much, I didn't enter again for years.


When my work began selling, I entered more shows with more great success. I worked very hard and became a full time professional artist and teacher.

Although my work has been recognized and featured in major exhibitions, books and magazines, I'm very down to earth, and just love painting.

No one has 'all the time in the world'. Paint now. You're never too old, it's never too late. Any bit of time you can practice will improve your skills.

And yes, this cowboy is a watercolor painting. (Reference photo used with permission by Diana Robinson)

Have fun and learn from a master - sign up today!


Course Curriculum


  Sailboat Introduction
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  Sailboat/Graded Wash Video
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  Sailboat Downloads - Outline, Instructions, etc.
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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