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Watercolor Wednesday and you!!

By TheArtSherpa, 2021-01-13
Watercolor Wednesday and you!!

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Welcome to the wonderful world of watercolor. I'm so excited that you might be interested in taking up this medium with me. Just like I love teaching acrylic to beginners, I enjoy introducing beginner's to the Wonder and Magic that is watercolor.


Watercolor Wednesday is a weekly evening class that's fully step by step to introduce new artists to the joys of watercolor. It's just like our livestream acrylic class on YouTube, but with Watercolor and on Facebook.  Classes are level friendly, fully step by step to introduce new artist to the joys of watercolor. Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums. I just love it. 


What materials do you need ? 

The following is your material list for Watercolor Wednesday.  Not all colors will be used for every class. Not all materials will be used every class. I do expect to use all colors and all of these materials during the 2021 class year.

 🎁 🛒 Below is a list of RECOMMENDED MATERIALS. 

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Only one of each is needed.  3-4 links provided to help you find colors in stock. Please look around for sales deals and other brands 

Brands of watercolor I love 🎨 Sennelier L'Aquarelle  🎨  QOR By Golden 🎨  Daniel Smith 🎨  M Graham 🎨  Van Gogh 

Watercolor Paint Color List 2021 

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Hansa Yellow Medium 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - Primary Yellow for this brand 

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -

M Graham

  Nickel Azo Yellow 

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -

M Graham -

 Quinacridone Magenta 

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -  

Holbein -  

 Pyrrole Red

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -  

Turner -  

Holbein -  

 Transparent Pyrrole Orange 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - ( sennelier orange ) 

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -  

Turner -  

Phthalo Blue

Sennelier L'Aquarelle -  

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -

M Graham -

Ultramarine Blue

Sennelier L'Aquarelle -  

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -

M Graham -

Phthalo Green 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle  

Golden QOR  

Daniel Smith -  

Quinacridone Gold 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle -  

Golden QOR - my fav 

Daniel Smith -  

 Opera Pink 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle -  


Daniel Smith -  

 Burnt Umber

Sennelier L'Aquarelle -  

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -  

M Graham -  

 Payne’s Grey 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle  

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -  

Color Mixing chart 


Download your own here 

(Click tiny link below to print out )

12x12 Grid WATERCOLOR CHART .pdf Watercolor Chart 2021
12x12 Grid WATERCOLOR CHART .pdf, 941KB

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🖼 Paper 

9x12 140lb 300 GSM Watercolor Paper Cold press 

Fabriano Block  

Strathmore Block  


Strathmore Pad  



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Flat wash or Flat Hake

  Escoda Perla Series 1430 #12 

  Black Velvet ¾ oval 

Raphael Precision Mini Brush Travel Set of 6

Precision Round 0 and 2 

Precision Flat 0 

Precision Filbert 1 

SoftAqua Mop 4

and Bamboo roll-up

( Very Optional)

Jazper Stardust Version of Escoda Reserva 1212 #8 - ( made by hand by request only) 


Palettes for paint - you only need one 

Gnome palette -  

Peel Paper Palette  

Tom Lynch Porcelain Watercolor Palette  

Shell  Porcelain Watercolor Palette  

  Other Tools and Materials 


Cretacolor Water-Soluble Graphite Pencils  

Fluid White Acrylic  

T Square Ruler  

Artist Tape

Art Sherpa Brush Spa Soap Kits  

The Pioneer Woman Turning table

Grafix WM2 White Mask Liquid Frisket  

Rubber Cement picker upper  


Paper Towels 

📖  BOOKS : 

Color Mixing Bible :  

How to Mix Skin color -  

Victoria Finlay History of Color:

🖌  Place to buy BRUSHES - 

The Brush Guys:  

Discount Code :  THEARTSHERPA

Common questions 

When is it ?

Watercolor Wednesday is every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time live streaming from my Facebook page.  

How do I Join the class ? 

Show up at Wednesdays 7 pm EST ready to paint - Just watch from my Facebook page :   

You can watch the streaming video class  from the page on your chosen device!  

How much Does it cost ?

Its Free 

Is it hard ? 

Like everything, it can be a little challenging in the beginning to learn how to do something new. However, watercolor is a very beginner friendly medium  and I find people can pick it up as quickly as they did acrylic, sometimes even easier.

Can I use Acrylics ?

 You can use acrylics watered down to get some similar effects to watercolor. The paper is a good binder and prevents issues with watering down that you might normally see on canvas. There are a few differences. It's very easy to lift or reactivate watercolor.  Once acrylic is dry it's permanent.  Watercolor is very transparent and acrylic can be much more opaque.  Some techniques are different.  You can paint acrylic over watercolor. You can't paint watercolor over acrylic. I don't recommend using acrylic on fine watercolor brushes as it can build up in the ferrule and shorten the life of a brush.  Watercolor will not harm acrylic brushes in any way and you can use what you have until you're ready to buy special brushes just for watercolor. 

Do I need to have your exact materials? 

 You can use what you have. If you have Crayola watercolors, start with those. I will talk about how to guess a close approximate color on the palette you have so you can paint along and still get a good result

Can I view  your classes at a later time? 

You can watch my classes after the video is done streaming both on the Facebook page and on our website

What level of painter do I need to be ? 

All levels of painter are welcome and no drawing is Required 

The Hoot Guide 

Beginner         🦉

Intermediate  🦉🦉

Challenging   🦉🦉🦉

Paintings are all beginner friendly but rated in 3 levels of difficulty called Hoots 🦉

What if you Bought our Covid Watercolor Art Kits? 


If you purchased one of the watercolor sets that we had in our store during the initial lockdown. you may wonder what colors exchange well for the new 2021 art palette. You may also wonder if there's a difference between the tube watercolor and the half pan watercolor. In this blog I'm going to let you know what colors in your palette to use when I'm using the 2021 colors. I'm going to give you some resources to match the colors you have to the colors I'm using and just in general make your watercolor experience easier.


Official 2021 Colors    French Escape Kit 

Hansa yellow  

Nickel azo yellow 

Pyrrole red 

Quinacridone Magenta

Opera Pink

Quinacridone gold

Phthalo Blue 

Ultramarine Blue 

Forest Green 

Burnt Umber 

Payne’s Grey

Lemon yellow 

Lemon Yellow + little bit of French Vermillion 

French Vermillion 


Carmine + little bit ultramarine 

French vermillion + lemon yellow + sepia 

Phthalo Blue 

Ultramarine Blue 

Forest Green + Phthalo Blue 

warm sepia 

Payne’s Grey 

Download your own here 

(Click tiny link below to print out )

Watercolor Feather Swatching page .pdf Colormatch feather Chart 2021
Watercolor Feather Swatching page .pdf, 3MB


Download your own here 

(Click tiny link below to print out )

Watercolor Feather Swatching page blank .pdf Watercolor Feather Chart 2021
Watercolor Feather Swatching page blank .pdf, 2.4MB

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Naples Yellow HUE WTW is up with that Color

For Acrylic April

I use the same brushes, canvas size and colors every year.

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The color that is hard for most people to find is Naples Yellow light sometimes Called Titanate Yellow or Even Nickel Titanate Yellow 

That can be frustrating for the new artist. What you may not know is outside of the voluntary ATSM there are no standards in art materials. 

So on a tube of paint there are bit of info. Color info , safety info and lightfast info. Reading the tube is important but when you are new its hard.


Nickel Titanium Yellow ( PY 53 ) is opaque and has a low tinting strength. Because  it's not overpowering, it can be controlled easily.


Titanate serves as a substitute for lemon yellow which is the traditional cool yellow

Some companies make a hue that is Very close they call Naples yellow light- That is what I am using in my Sennelier paint- Naples Yellow light. 


This is the green Bias Yellow

By far this is my absolute favorite cool yellow. There are other cool yellows that you're going to be able to use if for some reason this is hard to find. However, if you can find it, it is one of my favorite colors in my personal paint box.

But here's the problem. The problem is the name on this package of paint. There are two colors, very different from each other, that the art world likes to call Naples Yellow. One is a light yellow green, and is in fact Nickel Titanate Yellow. I went out and found every acrylic paint company that carries the correct green yellow, regardless of what they named it.

The other companies make the orange yellow that they consider to be Naples.

The one on the LEFT is correct. The one on the Right is not a cool yellow.


You can Substitute ANY of these Cool (green) Bias Yellows , Pick one -

  • Hansa Yellow light
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Bismuth Vanadate
  • Yellow Azo Light
  • Benzimidazolone Yellow Light
Below are a list of paint companies that carry this exact color or a suitable Hue . This is the hardest color to find, so feel free to use a substitute with what you have from the colors listed below these paints:


  • Arcylique by Sennelier Called Naples Yellow Light
  • Abstract acrylic paint by Sennelier Naples yellow light
  • Amsterdam Acrylic paint made by Royal Talens
  • Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylic
  • Matisse Structure Acrylic
  • (also called Naples Yellow light  in this line of paint)
  • Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics- Titanate Yellow
  • Pébéo Studio Fine Acrylic Naples Yellow Hue 100 ml
  • Cranfield Acrylics- Primrose Yellow is like  Py53
  • AV Vallejo Acrylic -Titanium Yellow IS like  py53
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Tip by Kathy Alexander ‎ : For those using American Paint (DecoArt). I found if you mix 2 parts Butter to 1 part Moon Yellow you can achieve something similar to PY 53 Titanate Yellow



NEED more info about the YELLOW ??  

HERE are some more yellow names that may be the color SEE why it gets to be so complicated for teachers to relay what color you are looking for.

PY53 is a strange special color 


Nickel Antimony Titanium Yellow Rutile

Antimony Nickel Titanium Oxide Yellow;

C.I. Pigment Yellow 53;

Juane Citron;

Lemon Yellow [EP.p |   w . wp .];

Lemon Yellow Hue [ WN . o ];

Lemon Yellow (Nickel Titanate} [ WN . w . w ];

Meteor® Bright Yellow 8320;

Naples Yellow (hue) [ LA .a |   MA.p ];

Naples yellow Light (hue) [ KA . o ];

Naples Yellow Light (imitation) [ KA . o . p ];

Nickel Antimony Titanate;

Nickel Antimony Titanium Yellow Rutile;

Nickel Rutile Yellow;

Nickel Titanate;

Nickel Titanate Yellow [GEN | DR . w   |   DS .a d . o . w   |   DV . w   |   GR . wo   |   GU.pd   |   MA . o . o(artis) . p . w   |   RT . a ];

Nickel Titanium [   OH . a . o . w   ];

Nickel Titanium Oxide;

Nickel Titanium Yellow [KP.p |   OH . a . o . w   | SI.p |   WN d ];

Nickel Yellow [GEN |   BX.o   |   CAS.k   |   KA . o . p   |   SE . o . p   |   WL . o . p ];

Nickle Yellow Titanium [ SCH . p ];

Nickel Yellow Titanium Rutile;

Pigment Yellow 53;

Praseodym Titanium Yellow;

Shepherd Yellow;

Sunflower Yellow;

Titanate Yellow [ GO . a . af . ag ];

Titanium Nickel Yellow [ MA .o(artis). p ];

Titanium Yellow [ GO .a | RGH.o.p |   SCH . w ];

Vasari Yellow [ MA.o(Ren) ];

Vesuvius Yellow [ MA.o(Med) ];

Acrylic April 2020

By TheArtSherpa, 2020-03-25
Acrylic April 2020

Acrylic April Painting Challenge begins April 1st 2020- no joke 

30 Days, 30 Powerful Little Paintings

We hope that Every April, artists from all over the world take on the Acrylic all April painting challenge by doing one small acrylic painting every day for the entire month.

I am creating the #AcrylicApril challenge as a way to introduce painters to the gifts of daily painting with Acrylic.This monthly challenge will help every acrylic artist unlock the true potential of the acrylic medium and their art own voice.

Anyone can do Acrylic April,

Just grab your paint, your brush and hit the studio( even if it’s your kitchen Table).

#AcrylicApril rules:

1) Make a painting on a surface  12x12 or smaller. ( sorry for the confusion)

2) Share it online

3) Hashtag it with #AcrylicApril and #AcrylicApril2020 #ItsNoJokeAcrylicApril and be sure to add the day of the challenge, or word prompt, etc

4) Repeat Daily from April 1 ( no fooling) to April 30th

How to do the Challenge 

Do your best to paint daily. Some Days may be artwork you are excited about some days you may scribble out an abstract but under no circumstances should your be hard on yourself. If you make 30 little paintings you are a winner. If you make less than 30 you are a winner. Do your best 

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Wait there are daily tutorials not just prompts ?? THAT'S right!!! This is an Art Sherpa painting challenge so it’s extra awesome.. This challenge comes with a daily live video lesson you can follow along with. So you can use the prompts, follow the lesson, or do your own thing. Either way you are going to succeed. This is going to change your art world. I will be teaching my lessons on an 8x8 art panel. That's it! Now go make something beautiful. Yes Youtubers can join in. Yes Bloggers can join in Yes Homeschool moms can join in Anyone from Anywhere in the world no matter who you are or how much painting experience you have can Join in. You are invited to paint along!! How much does it cost -IT'S FREE ( so you can buy more art supplies )

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What Should YOU do first ? 

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Videos will air 12 pm CST on Youtube and 6 pm CST 

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The first Video is here 

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