Big Juicy Watercolor

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

6 Lessons – $49.00

Explore the natural flow of watercolor! Fred Lisaius demystifies the form and packs your toolkit with strong watercolor technique as he guides you to play in the balance between abandon and control. You’ll work wet into wet, create concentric and isolated flood washes, and play with salt techniques. Sessions alternate focus between experimentation and implementation, and you’ll walk away with at least three large, complete paintings.

Price Reduced! Now available as a self-study class.

TEACHER: Fred Lisaius

Class Description

Watercolor is such a beautiful medium. In this class we will work wet in wet. This class will encourage you to experiment, loosen up and let the watercolor do some of the work! We will be using lots of water and color, big brushes and big sheets of watercolor paper to create paintings that celebrate both looseness and control.

Each week we will learn new techniques and then apply them to our paintings. We will be exploring subjects that will challenge you in fun and different ways. At the end of the class you will have at least 3 large paintings.

Let’s have some fun experimenting with watercolor and better understanding its secrets. Give yourself permission to take risks, explore, make mistakes and make discoveries. I look forward to painting with you.

Class Itinerary

Lesson 1

In this first class we will experiment, explore and discover. Create a double wetting flood wash and use lots of color to better understand the nature of watercolor. Get your supplies ready, put some music on and let’s get started.

Lesson 2

Now we are ready to do our first painting. Let’s use the wet into wet techniques we learned in our art lab (Lesson 1) to describe the soft fur of a cat or the hair of a dog. As with the experiments, allow yourself to take risks and trust your instincts.

Lesson 3

We are going to start the 3rd lesson by experimenting in new ways. Techniques for this lesson will include concentric washes, salt techniques and isolated flood washes. Throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder for good luck and another pinch on your painting for wonderful effects.

Lesson 4

How does your garden grow? Flowers always bring joy to our lives. Let’s have fun using what we learned in our experiments to create a large bouquet of our own creation. Let the flowers in your arrangement be inspired by nature and by your imagination.

Lesson 5

How can we utilize gravity to create beautiful watercolor paintings? Let’s go back into the art laboratory and learn how masking fluid, contrast and gravity can make a painting more dynamic. We are also going to explore the “figure” in silhouette.

Lesson 6

The city in the rain at night is a wonderful thing. Let’s paint it and, while we’re at it, let’s make it big! Get your big brushes out, put some of your favorite music on and give yourself permission to think big, take chances and have fun.





Watercolor Paper-

  • 10 full sheets (22 x 30 inches)


  • A full size watercolor palette. I like the John Pike Watercolor Palette.


  • Winsor and Newton or Daniel Smith watercolor paints are my favorites.
  • 1 small tube of each:
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Pyrol Red (or Cadmium Red)
  • Hansa Yellow (or Cadmium Yellow)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cerulean Blue
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Paynes Grey
  • Raw Umber
  • Sap Green


  • A couple of good choices are: Black Gold Watercolor Brushes and Daniel Smith Platinum Series Watercolor Brushes.
  • #10 #6, #4 Round synthetic or synthetic/natural blend watercolor brushes.
  • 1”  flat wash brush
  • You will also need a 2” house painting brush from your local hardware store.  Natural hairs with good water holding ability are best.


  • Masking Fluid: 1 or 2 oz. bottle. I like the Windsor Newton brand in the yellow tint.
  • Soft pencil:  3B or 4B graphite pencil.
  • Roll of paper towel.
  • Pinch of salt in a plastic baggy or film container.
  • 2 water containers – medium plastic buckets or peanut butter jars.

Fred Lisaius


Fred Lisaius is a painter, sculptor, and a popular art teacher at Bellevue College, WA  (“Fred is perfect!”). Fred is represented by the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, and his work is in many private and corporate collections.

From his statement:

The deeper I go into the forest the closer I feel to the truth. Off of the trail, there is a quiet calm where ideas can be contemplated and refined. In my paintings and my sculptures, I utilize the forum of nature to explore our relationship to the natural world and to each other.


Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.
“Thank you Fred, I learned so much about using wet in wet techniques and how to use the Friskit.” — Lorriane D.
“Lovely lessons ” — Jen B.
“I seem to be having Big Juicy Watercolor insomnia...painting instead of going to sleep!” — Bonnie P.