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Loose Natural Landscapes - Combining Watercolor And Gouache
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1h 57m

Learn how to paint loose natural landscapes with a combination of watercolour and gouache!

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Hello, I'm Darren Yeo, a watercolour artist and teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. I am the founder of one of the largest watercolour learning communities, "Watercolour Mentor". My work features predominantly natural landscapes, urban streetscapes, and portraiture in watercolor medium. Watercolours are special to me because there is a sense of finality once an area has dried – you can’t erase or go over that area to ‘fix’ it. You need to accept and work with what is there. To lea

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners learning watercolour painting
  • Intermediate watercolour painters learning to adopt a loose, impressionistic style

What you’ll learn: 

  • How to paint simple paintings of any natural landscape in watercolour
  • How to sketch and plan your natural landscape painting in pencil before you start painting
  • How and when to use wet-in-wet watercolour techniques to paint clouds, skies, grass
  • How to paint basic trees and flowers with minimal effort and brushstrokes
  • How to add people into your landscape in a natural and simple way
  • How to layer effectively to add extra details
  • How to combine layers to create depth naturally
  • How to paint simple shadows and identify or choose a light source in your painting


  • No prerequisites. This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate watercolour painters.

Hello and welcome. In this course, we’ll be painting two natural landscapes with a combination of watercolour and gouache. Gouache is an opaque watercolour that allows you to create stunning highlights. In this course, we’ll be using a variety of wet-in-wet techniques and wet-in-dry techniques in order to paint both scenes. We’ll go through my three-step process of painting the light, shadows and finishing touches, which will allow you to paint any subject.

Planning is crucial. In this course, I’ll show you how to simplify shapes and sketch in large shapes such as sky, water, trees, grass and land. Getting those large components accurately beforehand is essential for your painting to make sense.

So join me in this course! I’m looking forward to showing you the secrets of landscape painting.


Your course project is to draw and paint your own watercolour landscape! This can be a scene featured in this course, or based on one of your own photographs or scenes you have observed outside.

You can also refer to the scanned drawing/painting templates attached, which will allow you to trace the drawing if you choose to do so. I recommend drawing each scene free-hand. Drawing is an important step in improving your painting skills. This provides you with an opportunity to compose and plan your painting. Once you’ve finished the drawing, use the watercolor steps and processes included in the course demonstrations to complete your painting.


  • Use any watercolour paints, pencil watercolour paper, and brushes you have available. I recommend:
  • 0.5mm mechanical pencil
  • Artist grade watercolour paints – blue, yellow, and red
  • 100% cotton watercolour paper or sketchbook
  • Watercolour Brushes – mop brush and a variety of round brushes for detailing.

Getting Started:

Review the course demonstration videos first. You can also download the tracing templates to transfer over your drawing if you wish.

Looking to sketch and paint another scene? Research some free reference photo websites, pick one of your own reference photos, or simply find an outdoor location where you can sit and paint. Using the steps and processes included in this course, create your own unique painting.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned techniques for creating uncomplicated watercolour paintings of natural landscapes.

10 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
Introduction Darren Yeo 00:00:00
Materials Required Darren Yeo 00:00:00
Section 2 - Demonstration
1 – Drawing 00:00:00
1 – First Wash 00:00:00
1 – Second Wash 00:00:00
2 – Drawing 00:00:00
2 – First Wash 00:00:00
2 – Second Wash 00:00:00
Resources 00:00:00

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