Line and wash painting

Reading town hall using cola pen


Line and wash, or pen and wash if you prefer, is an expressive and versatile way of working.

In essence, ink lines are used together with washes of colour, either transparent watercolour or ink washes. This mixing of media allows the artist to take advantage of the strengths of both. The lines are used to define edges and details, while the washes develop colour and emotion. Tone and form may be developed with the linework or added using the watercolour depending on the artist’s preference.

This element of choice is a recurring theme we will explore throughout this course. We will look at the different pens, inks and watercolours available and then how to combine them to best effect.

The course uses buildings, people, flowers, animals and objects as our subject matter. The lessons we learn with each are transferable to whatever you wish to paint.

You have lifetime access to the course and can study when and where you choose. I hope you really enjoy it!

Line and Wash Painting will be published in Jan 2022 by The Crowood Press. It will be my third book.

What's included in the price?

Ten different video lessons take you through:
Drawing exercises
Which comes first, line or colour?
Watersoluble pens
Dip pen and ink
Dynamic outlining
Urban sketch
All reference materials are included.


Liz Chaderton at Liz Chaderton Artist

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


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