Through this interactive course we will turn the way we look at objects upside down and in the process discover that negative painting is far from negative! We will learn to reveal our subject by painting the space and air around it rather than by painting the object itself. Negative painting is especially powerful in watercolour, as we will struggle to paint white or pale objects on a white paper. By painting the air around the object, we can capture its light and form. With step by step guidance, we will first explore what negative painting is and why it is so important. We will move onto guidelines for successful negative painting, before pulling all our learning together in a study of autumn leaves. A pdf of notes and examples is included to act as a reminder of the course content.

What's included in the price?

Seven videos and multiple reference files.

What you will need

For this course you will need: A sheet of watercolour paper approximately 30x30cm (10x10 inches), the heavier the better as we will be doing multiple washes – at least 140lb Not/Cold pressed surface. Watercolour paint in autumnal colours eg quinacridone gold, gamboge, sap green, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, burnt Sienna, burnt Umber. If you are more a Spring or Summer person, you can easily change your palette of colours and turn the seasons around in your painting A round brush, size 8/10 Salt, cling film/Sarin wrap if required Hairdryer (each layer needs to dry thoroughly) Two pots of water Pencil and eraser Water spray bottle, kitchen towel We are going to use leaves to develop the idea of negative painting. Just a silhouette is fine (use Google), it doesn’t have to be a real leaf.




Liz Chaderton Artist

with Craft Courses since 2019

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Liz lives and works in a small village in Berkshire. She has been showing her work through exhibitions and galleries since 2009. A selection of her paintings are published by Artko, Artwall and Wraptious. Her first book, 'Painting watercolours on canvas' was published by the Crowood Press in June 2019 and her fifth is due to be published in late 2023. She writes for The Leisure Painter and other art magazines and teaches extensively on YouTube. She aims to help you see the animals and flora we so often overlook and by so doing to nurture a more caring attitude to the environment.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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This course is taught online