Jane M. Mason teaches in several venues in person and online.  Sign in on the contact form to be the first to learn of new opportunities.
FREE Online Beginning Watercolor Lesson
watercolor painting of birch trees with green forest and yellow flowers in the background.
My watercolor painting of spring coming to the trees “Up North” in Minnesota. This is similar to the painting we will be creating in this FREE online lesson! The trees are “masked” with masking tape and then we sponge and paint the background OVER the trees. I’ll show you! It’s easy. Sign up below.

Good news!

I’m teaching a FREE online beginning watercolor class on Thurs, April 16 at  3pm ET/ 2pm CT./12pm PST

We will be working on wet-on-wet techniques, sponging and masking. You can watch or participate.

45 min.

Age 10 through adult.

Sign up at this link. Select MY CLASS: Beginning Watercolor, 4/16. 


watercolor painting with masking tape on the surface blocking out some of the paint
One of my watercolor paintings showing masking. This is similar to the painting we will be creating.

Here’s the scoop on this FREE LESSON:

Watercolor for Beginners

Easy Way to Watercolor a Forest Scene

Using techniques of spatter, wet on wet, and masking, we’ll create a magical view of light coming through a forest. It’s loose and very “watercolor-y.” It’s fun!

You can learn from my demonstration, or you can participate. If you participate, you will need:

  1. Watercolor paint. Inexpensive paint like Crayola will work. The better quality the paint, the more vibrant your painting will be.
  2. Watercolor paint brush. I prefer you use one with a brush head about the size of an almond. But most any brush will do.
  3. Small piece of a new kitchen sponge. 1 ½” by 1 ½”. No sponge? A piece of paper towel will do.
  4. 9” x 6” or larger paper, heavier than bond paper (the paper that goes in a printer). If you have watercolor paper, use 140#. Multi-media paper for drawing with markers works. Or, even a manila file folder works for this.
  5. A cup or vessel for about 2 cups of water. Pick something you’re NOT going to use for food after this project. A clean large yoghurt tub or a soup can will do.
  6. Masking tape, painters’ tape, or artist tape, preferably 1” wide. (Scotch tape or packing tape WON’T work.)
  7. A couple of old clean rags to blot your brush. Note: the paint might stain these cloths.
  8. I’ll use a hair drier to speed things up. You may too, but it is not required.

Ages: 10 through adult. Taught in English.

45 min.

Thursday, April 16. 12PM PST/2pm CT

See you Thursday!



Online Watercolor Lessons
Hand with paintbrush on paper with a pink tulip.
I am shown painting a loose watercolor tulip. I am adding to create dew drops on the petals on this online lesson through TakeLessons.com.
A sheet of watercolor paper with a grid of squares i various colors of yellows, reds, pinks, and blues.
An example of a tint grid to better understand how your paint hue looks in its most intense and least intense.

Online Watercolor Lessons through TakeLessons.com

All levels from beginner to advanced. Age groups from 9 years through adult. Each lesson is geared to your experience and expectations. Lessons may cover techniques such as: as wet-on-wet, dry brush, creating washes, tipping in, and using resist (masking). Also, mixing vibrant hues, creating dew drops on flowers, learning your colors through creating grid matrixes. Learn watercolor sketching and journaling and using products such as watercolor crayons and pencils.

Creating Textures: Using salt, layering, sponging, scratching, spattering, lifting, glazing, etc.

Planning and design tips: Considering your light source. Using your phone to help you edit your painting. Understanding basic design elements, conquering value, creating a pleasing composition, directing eye-flow, and cropping, may be covered.

Other Skills and Best Practices: Taking care of brushes. Paper selection. Plein air painting, painting outdoors in the open air. Painting from photographs or from still lifes in your studio.

Subject matter can include: landscapes, seascapes, florals, abstracts, still life, color grids, and more.

When you register, we’ll work out the best time for your online lesson on my available schedule.

Online Lessons are available in 45 min, 60 min and 90 min sessions.


If you would like a Critique of any of watercolor paintings you have completed and have available for review, please sign up for an online watercolor lesson for a 45 minute or the 60 minutes session. You can note that you are interested in the “Critique” in the questionnaire Jane will send you after you sign up through TakeLessons.