Artist Shayda Campbell

2022 Workshop 2

May 2, 2022

Joyful Watercolor | Finding Your Style

Join Shayda Campbell in this joyful and inspirational series focused on both watercolor education and play. While filling the pages of a watercolor sketchbook with practice illustrations, floral compositions, watercolor techniques and finished pieces, Shayda will help you feel confident, calm and creative in your art-making journey.

Workshop 2 Introduction

Started May 2nd, 2022

Lesson 1: Watercolor Illustrations


Play, Practice and Finished Piece
We’ll explore watercolor doodle illustrations to practice and let your inner child play. Then you’ll use that information to guide your artistic style as you work out a finished piece.

Started May 9th, 2022

Lesson 2: Filling Our Sketchbook


Watercolor Techniques, Mark Making and Pattern Painting
Grab a sketchbook and let’s fill some of those pages!! In this video we’ll get back to basics and experiment with some different watercolor techniques. Things like wet into wet, wet on dry, blooms etc, will all be utilized and explored as we make patterns, fill pages, get colorful and try out ALL our brushes!

Started May 16th, 2022

Lesson 3: Watercolor Florals


Creating a Composition
In the third video we’ll develop our brushwork by working on one of my favorite subjects, watercolor florals. We’ll practice various flowers and leaves together with the larger goal of working our florals into a finished composition.

In this video lesson we move from floral practice through to a finished piece, all while checking in to note and understand how the decisions we make throughout the process contribute to our artistic style.

Started May 23rd, 2022

Lesson 4: Watercolor Self Portrait


Small Choices, Big Style
In this video lesson we will paint a watercolor self portrait! When it comes to painting and illustrating people, there are so many decisions to make! How do you draw eyes? Are they detailed and expressive with perfectly placed pupils, or tiny black dots just sitting alongside the nose? Once again, we will use watercolor paints to create an illustration full of joy and whimsy and we’ll take note of the choices we make along the way, that especially in a self portrait, can contain an ocean of depth, meaning, and of course, style.

Workshop 2 Supply List


Strathmore Hardbound Watercolor Art Journal

Strathmore Hardbound Watercolor Art Journal (140lb/300gsm, cold press paper) -  Instructor uses 8.5"x5.5"

Strathmore Watercolor Visual Journal

Strathmore Watercolor Visual Journal (140lb/300gsm, cold press paper) – Instructor uses 5.5"x8"



Princeton Velvetouch Brush Set. Set includes:

  • Wash Brush ¾"
  • Round 4
  • Long Round 8
  • Angle Shader 3/8”
Princeton Brush Velvetouch pack


Neptune Oval Wash Brush

Other Supplies:

  • Palette
  • Paper Towel
  • 2 jars of water
  • Pencil
  • Masking or washi tape

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Topic: Lesson 1 Questions

Thank you for joining us! Ask any questions you may have about Shayda's week 1 lesson.
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Shayda--hi, thanks for doing this workshop! Looks like fun already! I hold my brush like a pencil. I notice you hold yours quite differently. Is that purely a personal preference or is there some advantage to holding it that way (better control, better angle?). Thanks! Lisa
Hi Lisa! Good question. The way I hold my brush is just a totally personal quirk, and not something I recommend. Just keep holding the brush the way that feels most comfortable for you! And I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the course! :)
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Thanks, Shayda! Started the exercise last night after work. Fun! BTW, I discovered the Velvetouch brushes a little while back and OMG, they are WONDERFUL. I've accumulated various brushes over time, they are my favorites.
Used my water brush for this today, did not feel like messing with a real paintbrush and water. Even using the self contained water brush, I find that if I keep any open container of drink nearby, coffee, water, soda, whatever, I will sooner or later dip even it in the drink, even though there is no need to. Anyone else relate?
Hi Shayda- thanks so much for lesson 1: Question please: When you paint with water color do you always keep the paper flat with the table top( horizontal ) or do you ever prop it up on an easel so its at an angle to the table top?
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This was fun! Here is my attempt. I find I like both curvy things and lines, and I do like to shade to get depth. Found myself painting, then lifting to get that effect. Also found I need to "warm up." The pineapple and the first set of bananas were the start, but as I got into it, the items became better executed, like I was in a flow. The fish was a nice surprise, really like him!
Cute doodles! Just a note, lowlight is not an art term, it's a hair color term; shadow is the proper term. Here's the definition of lowlight: