Black Kitten for Soft Edges, Values, and Black

Mix the Perfect Black for Your Palette

Is BLACK a bad word in watercolor?

This beginner lesson explains tube blacks and how to mix your own black to match your individual palette or painting. You'll also see how to paint soft, fuzzy edges by working wet on damp for any any animal or occasion where soft edges look best.

As always, this kitten comes complete with a background - a simple graded wash from light to dark, for more excellent practice. In downloads, you'll find an outline page, written instructions, the original reference photo (from Pixabay), and a finished painting pdf, plus a bonus pdf on Blacks in Watercolor. The video demonstration can be viewed on this site or, with the vimeo link, on Vimeo.

Happy painting!


Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.



Course Curriculum


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