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 talent as a child, but my parents discouraged art - a waste of time! I spent my adult life as a nurse and raised a family - pretty busy. I also kept painting.

I wanted my paintings to be realistic, but the watercolor teachers would roll their eyes and tell me, "That's not how you paint watercolors."

Despite the naysayers, I just kept going and taught myself how to paint realism, the way I wanted it, with watercolors. After years of practicing (and lots of bad paintings), I got really good.


I found that not only did I really enjoy teaching other people (and giving them the encouragement I never had), I continued to learn and improve my art through teaching others. It's a win-win!

And so, I set up this site (and my Patreon site) to encourage other people to give watercolor a try. I think it improves their life and that anyone lucky enough to be able to afford the materials and time to dabble in painting is blessed. Whether (or not) you ever turn into a master painter or just gain the admiration of your friends and family.

Watercolor is doable. The more people painting, the better the world will be. Give it a try today!

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


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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