Watercolour Workshop
Watercolour Workshop

The world of watercolours is vast and wonderful. Anyone can learn how to paint a beautiful watercolour without any prior skills and we are here to show you how. During our online Zoom sessions we will take you through the process step by step and help you to create a magical painting that you'll be proud of. We hope you'll join us!

Find classes via the booking calendar below.


The list below shows what you will need to join in with our Watercolour Art Class. You can use any make and brand that works for you, we include links to our favourite products below.

  • Watercolour paints. You can use any colours that you like. The minimum required are red, yellow and blue.
    Gouache paint. Just white. (Optional, not essential)
    More details and links below.
  • A4 Watercolour paper. Several sheets. Details and links below.
  • Brushes. Details and links below.
  • A palette - For mixing paint. A white ceramic plate will do. Watercolour will wash off it nicely.
  • At least 2 jam jars of clean water and access to a sink so that you can change your water frequently. I always have a kitchen bowl filled with jars and water ready to go.
  • Pencil. I will be using a softer pencil i.e. 2B/4B.
  • Rubber and sharpener.
  • Newspaper to protect your surfaces.
  • Ruler.
  • A Hairdryer with a gentle setting ready for use throughout the session.
  • A drink to keep you hydrated during the class.
  • Kitchen roll.

Will I need to stretch my paper?

To get the best result, stretch your paper!

Please watch this short video for more information.
It's not essential, but recommended.

You will need to do this the day before the workshop.

Materials required: board, gummed tape, bowl of clean water, clean sponge.

No time to hunt for supplies?

If you haven't got time to trawl the net for supplies, below are some suggested items on Amazon. These options were the most cost effective brands that we could find at the time of upload, and are tailored for absolute beginners. Items online do change over time so it's always worth looking around for the best deals..

Watercolour paint options and gouache

  • Tubes are easier to use than pans/cubes.
  • Cheap craft/kids paints will be much harder to work with and lower quality.
  • Get a range of colours, the minimum required is red, yellow and blue.
  • When specific colours are needed for a painting we will let you know in advance of the class.
  • The option above right comes with brushes but they are small so you will still need to purchase the right brush (see below)
  • White gouache is better than white watercolour for strong highlights.

Watercolour paper options

  • Cold pressed or 'Not' paper is recommended, it gives a lovely textured effect. You can use any watercolour paper though.
  • Regular paper doesn't hold water well so is not recommended.
  • We'll be using at least 2 sheets of A4 paper per workshop.
  • 300gsm is a great thickness.
  • If the above options are too pricey then The Works does a cheap version for under £5 here.

Brush options

Watercolour brushes
  • Choose round tipped brushes, any clean brush similar to the photo above will do.
  • Synthetic is preferable to real animal hair (real hair can be softer and harder to manage).
  • 2 sizes preferable. Anything between 10-12 and a really small fine brush.
    Some brushes have the numbers on the handle.

Board stretching

If you are painting onto A4 paper then make sure you use a board which is slightly larger than A4. A3 and up is fine. I've tried a few types of boards and they've worked fine. Some warp a little over time but for beginners most boards will be ok.

  • Board option 1. You can probably get thick board from B&Q. Tell them it's for stretching watercolour paper.
  • Board option 2: Cheap board (but may bend a bit): Hobbycraft.
  • Gummed tape. Amazon.




To download and install the Zoom Application here. Click on the Download button under “Zoom Client For Meetings”. This application will automatically download when you start your first Zoom Meeting. (You will only need to do this once.)



Click on your preferred class via the calendar below to book your place and pay.



Once you have paid you will receive an email with your booking confirmation, a link to the Zoom class and details on when to use it.

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