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The Art of Creative Watercolor: Joy of Composition Streaming Video

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Join artist Danielle Donaldson in this video workshop to learn the essential steps for creating strong compositions as you paint a series of seasonal snow globes in watercolor!

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Discover the joy of a satisfying composition! In this video workshop, join artist Danielle Donaldson as she guides you through a series of exercises designed to unlock your creative potential. You’ll start with an inspiring brainstorming session, collecting storytelling elements to use in your artwork. Next, learn how to take those random thoughts and put them together into organized plans for successful paintings. Danielle then demonstrates how to put your plan into action as she guides you through a series of four small paintings, each one featuring a seasonal snow globe scene. Along the way, you’ll get tips for drawing and hand lettering, detailed lessons on choosing and mixing color, and ideas for adding the perfect finishing touches. With Danielle’s clear and friendly instruction, you’ll be creating stronger compositions in no time!

In this watercolor painting tutorial, you'll:

  • Create a series of four seasonal snow globe paintings
  • Direct the viewer's eye with focal points, white space, and color harmony
  • Play with size and scale
  • Practice adding visual tension, highlights, and shadows
  • Get tips for lifting, blending, and building layers of color
  • Learn how to turn mistakes into happy accidents and edit your composition as you go

Preview The Art of Creative Watercolor: Joy of Composition now to get a sneak peek of the watercolor techniques you'll learn!

Materials List

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  • Artist grade watercolors (Danielle uses Daniel Smith)


  • Watercolor brushes (angle, detail, round, filbert)
  • 140-lb. watercolor paper, 4 6x6 inch pieces and scraps
  • Clear glass of clean water
  • Porcelain or plastic palette
  • Spray bottle with clean water
  • Salt
  • Q-tips
  • Paper towels
  • Bendable ruler
  • Erasers
  • Mechanical pencil with .3 lead
  • White paint marker
  • Craft dryer

About the Artist

Danielle Donaldson has walked a creative path for as long as she can remember. Her love of art began, as most young souls do, with a big box of crayons and a stack of coloring books. Over time, she focused her artistic efforts in watercolor and graphite drawing techniques, and eventually received her degree in graphic design. Her love of fine art, combined with her skills as a graphic designer, have provided her with an uncommon pairing of intuition and practicality, creating a careful balance between the stories she tells with her pencils and paints, and what others around her are drawn to.

While at home raising her children, Lauren and Clay, Danielle found the perfect hobby to satisfy her need to be creative: scrapbooking. She had the opportunity to be a regular participant in the scrapbook industry by publishing her art in magazines and how-to books, creating products for several companies and teaching at a national level.

Over the past decade she shifted away from the memory-keeping world and rediscovered her love of watercolors and graphite work, and the act of combining them with other mediums and techniques. Her use of big color palettes and delicately drawn details allows her to spin the ordinary into imaginative, balanced compositions. She continues to grow as an artist by fully embracing the creative process in all she does and with each story she tells. Danielle shares her process through social media, online classes and in-person workshops. You can learn more about Danielle, as well as her new work and upcoming classes, at

Additional Information

SKU R7923
Product Type Streaming Video
Instructor Danielle Donaldson
Runtime 86 minutes
Skills Watercolor
Media Watercolor
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