Lessons in Layering with Watercolour

How to create artworks with depth, interest and detail with Natalie Martin

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Intermediate Level | Suitable for ages 10+

Self-paced learning | Unlimited Lifetime Access

Beautifully filmed in HD

Hi, I’m Natalie Martin, an Australian watercolour artist, based on Wadawarrung country (Surf Coast, Victoria).

The fluidity and subtlety of watercolour is only enhanced through working with layers, you can create a beautiful luminosity. This is quite unique to watercolour and one of the main reasons I love this medium so much.

This new intermediate course is my third online course, following on from Welcome to Watercolour and the Magic of Colour Mixing.

In it, we’ll dig into basic and more advanced layering techniques, you’ll spend time experimenting with ways to layer pigment, and learn how to create different effects (as long as you can muster the patience to let things dry properly as you go!) You’ll gain greater insight into my practice, as we explore how to create artworks with greater complexity, detail and interest. We also take time to delve into common errors and equipment care.

This course is the perfect next step once you’ve mastered the basics. Layering work brings watercolour to its greatest potential, and I can’t wait to see how you continue to develop your practice and build confidence in painting with this magical medium.

What to expect:

9 videos with an overall run time of 2 hours and 40 minutes minutes. You’ll be able to access these videos whenever you like as this is a self paced course. You’ll also have lifetime access, so are able to go back and review episodes at your leisure.


  • A comprehensive overview of watercolour layering techniques
  • An understanding of translucency, colour, tone as well as other techniques such as negative space
  • Tips to fix errors and how to look after your equipment
  • How to work from photos
  • A series of botanical watercolour paintings

Downloadable files included:

  • Materials List
  • 60 page course e-book
  • A set of photos for painting inspiration
  • Reference sheets of Natalie’s course work

Your Instructor

Natalie Martin
Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin is an artist based on the Surf Coast, Victoria. She likes to get her hands dirty and bring a little joy (and colour!) to the every day.

Natalie works in vibrant watercolour. She’s particularly fond of native Australian flora and the landscape it’s found. She’s drawn to blooms in season and that seasonal swing throughout the year provides a beautiful rhythm and constant flow of inspiration. She feels a deep connection to being outdoors and observing and learning from nature. With her studio based on the Surf Coast in Victoria, there’s an endless source of inspiration within reach.

Natalie fell in love with watercolour early on and over the years she has exhibited her work, produced a collection of limited edition prints, developed a line of environmentally friendly stationery, experimented with printing on fabrics and also begun teaching workshops in person as well as online.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course is a self-paced online course that you’re welcome to start as soon as you’re ready and receive your login details. The beauty of the online courses is that you can go at your own pace and in your own time. Practicing and pausing as you progress through the course and the ability to revisit sections as you need.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I gift this Course?
We would be delighted for you to gift this course. Due to the way the enrolment process works, we recommend you purchase an E-Gift Card that your gift recipient can then redeem for the course. We have $59 and $120 E-Gift Cards available as well as an ability to add a personalised message to your E-Gift card. https://nataliemartin.com.au/products/natalie-martin-e-gift-card
Is this course suitable for kids?
Yes! This course ‘Lessons in Layering with Watercolour’ although not created specifically for kids is young person friendly, I suggest from ages 10 and up. 'Welcome to Watercolour' my beginners course is great for the whole family, 8+ years. My other intermediate course ‘The Magic of Colour Mixing’ has a bit more technical content in it, so I would suggest from ages 10 and up also. Even better, sit down with your kids and do it together!
What materials will I need to do the course?
I put an emphasis on the painting over the materials, expensive art materials tend to be a hindrance to the experience. If you have a set of watercolours already, use those! You don’t need to dash out and buy a whole lot of new supplies to match what you see in the course. What you’ll need: Watercolour paints Brush or two Watercolour Paper Pencil and Eraser Paper towel A couple of Water Jars Something to use as a palette for mixing (palette, large plate or tile) Scrap paper (optional) I have a painting kit available in my online store that provide you with most of the materials you need, https://nataliemartin.com.au/collections/painting-kits Good lighting helps too, natural light is best if you can manage it, a good workspace as well as a pinch of creative courage! We delve further into materials in the second video of the course covering not only what, but why.

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