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with Mary P. Murphy
Online Class

Startup Project: Watercolor Still Life

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Ready to take the next steps in your journey of watercolor painting? Join established artist Mary P. Murphy in the follow-up to “Startup Library: Painting With Watercolors,” as she guides you to paint a floral still life step by step. Along the way, practice essential techniques for color mixing, painting tricky textures and rendering natural forms and shadows. You’ll have an elevated skill set and a watercolor painting that’s worthy of hanging on your wall!


  • beginner
  • 6 episodes
  • 2h24m

Included in this Class

1. Preparing to Paint

1. Preparing to Paint

Meet artist Mary P. Murphy, who starts by walking you through the tools you need to complete your project, a watercolor floral still life, including brushes, paper and paint. Then she revisits some basic techniques from the class "Startup Library: Painting With Watercolors," and key tips for mixing colors.

2. Composition & Underpainting

2. Composition & Underpainting

Start your project as Mary shows you how to make a great composition and transfer it to paper. Once your drawing is complete, get started on the underpainting. You'll see how transparent layers and masking fluid will make your painting shine!

3. Painting the Cloth

3. Painting the Cloth

Start working on depicting cloth with watercolor. It might seem tricky, but Mary guides you step by step. Follow along as she shows you how to develop realistic textures, and paint shadows in layers to give your fabric a flowing, folded look.

Recommended with this class

  • Winsor & Newton artist-grade watercolor paints (three to six colors minimum palette)
  • Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor Paper, 300 lb. cold-pressed, 22" x 30"
  • Brushes: 1-inch flat and round pointed (6-7 mm and 3-4 mm)
  • Plastic palette
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Masking fluid