Help Topics

Check out Self-Guided Courses and Collections on the Learn Page

To search all videos and articles on the site:

  • click the “magnifying glass” icon in the navigation header.
  • enter the title or topic (or as much as you can remember).
  • hit the Enter or Return key to start searching.


There are thousands of you and only one of me! It’s no longer possible for me to reply individually to questions, requests and comments about free self-study materials.

Here are some options for getting help:

  • If you are looking for a handout or template, please go back to the second item on this Help page.
  • Check the How-to Topic Index to see if the answer to your question is already available in another video or article.
  • Add a question to the Question Queue. I use this to help me decide topics for new videos and where the website needs additional material.
  • Check the list of upcoming classes to see if there is a class coming up on your topic of interest.
  • Sign up for a small-group help session. Each participant gets a half-hour to get help with a project or ask as many questions as we can cover in 30 minutes. 🙂

Small-group help sessions are a great opportunity to get individual help choosing the right supplies for your watercolor journey. I can help you with questions like

  • what brushes should I consider adding?
  • what palette and colors should I choose for travel sketching?
  • how do I use masking fluid effectively?
  • what’s gum arabic for, and do I need to buy it?

Many people use small-group coaching sessions to get help planning or improving paintings, but you can also use all or part of your half-hour to ask about supplies.

Small-group help sessions are a great opportunity to get individual help with

  • a technical challenge (streaky washes, pale color, trouble with landscape greens, mixing greys, painting specific subjects etc.)


  • help planning a watercolor you’d like to paint or improving a watercolor in progress

Small-group coaching is

  • typically offered once a week
  • sessions are limited to 6 students
  • each student receives a half-hour of attention on their questions and work
  • students can listen and learn from each other’s questions

Nope. The answer to my question isn’t here.

  • Take me back to the Home Page.
  • Take me to the Index of Watercolor Technical How-To Videos and Articles (“Technical How-To” is all the stuff about how to do watercolor techniques, plus info on supplies and materials; “The Other How-To” is everything about how to develop a concept for a painting, how to create a plan for executing a painting based on your concept, how to evaluate work in progress, and how to discover your own creative style and voice. Sorry, no index yet for the other how-to, but there is a video/article collection for the other how-to.

Add a question to The Question Queue.