Palettiquette - Woodlands & Wildflowers

MAY 2018 | Learn how to paint watercolour woodland creatures and wildflowers




  • In love, but frustrated with watercolour?
  • Keen to learn more than the basics, but have no idea where to start?
  • Sick of buying insanely long 'go at your own pace' (AKA, never finish it) classes?
  • Need an affordable way to learn (since you've spent all your moneyz on high quality supplies)?
  • Enjoy learning with a group of like-minded creatives?
  • Want a structured program to keep you accountable, practising regularly and improving quickly?
  • Like having FUN????

...boy do I have something for you!

INTRODUCING: Palettiquette Monthly Online Painting Classes!

Wait a minute, what is a Palettiquette?

Good question, palette pal.

Palettiquette (palette + etiquette) is an online group activity aimed at teaching artists (hey, that's you) more about watercolour - both technique AND terminology. Palettiquette started out as a free colour theory class (which you should totally take right meow) and has expanded into online painting classes with a new topic each month.

The aim of the game is to keep up regular practise, learn new techniques from regular and easy-to-digest videos and instructions, hang out online and share your work with a bunch of like-minded creatives - and most importantly, have fun!

Yeah cool, but why should I take this class?

If learning to paint cute woodland creatures and wildflowers isn't your thing - that's cool! Check back soon for the next topic.

If you're not sure about Palettiquette in general, here's my totally non-biased reasons why you should join:

  • Regular practise = fast improvement. Most online courses love you and leave you - they don't keep going each month. With a specific activity each week you'll always have something to paint, as well as new techniques to learn.
  • Accountability: by having a new topic each month, the chances of you completing the activity and staying on track are hugely increased! Self-paced is great in theory, but it doesn't always work.
  • Community: if monthly topics weren't enough, how about a huge online group of creatives to encourage and support you? Many online courses lack student-to-student interaction - but not Palettiquette! Over 1,800+ people are waiting for you in the Facebook group right now.
  • Bite-sized classes: there's generally about 2 hours of instructional video per month, or 30mins a painting / week. You're busy, I know. While the idea of having a big, long comprehensive course can seem like a good idea, it's not always as effective as smaller, regular classes.
  • Activities: many online courses just show you techniques or how to do something - they don't actually give you an activity to perform. Palettiquette centres around 4 projects a month, so you'll always have something to paint. You'll also have all of the instructions to get there - as well as a big community (and me!) to give feedback and assistance if you're stuck.
  • Expert help and advice: being a Winsor & Newton Brand Ambassador, I have a pretty good understanding of watercolour supplies - but I also have access to a resident artist to assist with any technical questions that I can't help you with. You'll never get the answer "sorry, I don't know" from me - unless it's followed by "...but I'll find out for you right now!"
  • Approachability: Firstly, I'm Australian - so I was born with the easy-going gene. Secondly, I'm a HUGE believer that anyone can learn art and become great at it. If you're a complete beginner, I've been in your shoes - not that long ago actually. I sure as heck don't have an Art degree or 85 years of experience - I started from scratch, so this is a judgement-free zone. You can ask me anything and everything!

Oh! And the rules of the Palettiquette Colour Theory class still apply. The paintings in this month's classes can all be created with a limited palette of 3 primary colours of yellow, red and blue - with the option to use a couple more if you like.

Wait - is this... good?

YES! Colours mixed from 3 primaries will have more harmony in a finished piece - instead of whacking together a bunch of random ones. They'll all come from the OG 3 meaning they're related. Mixing your own will also save you a tonne of money. Why buy 200+ colours when you can mix them from 3?

If the possibility of 200 colours from 3 is blowing your mind - make sure you check out the FREE Palettiquette Colour Theory class - it has all this info and more, and will prepare you for this class!



  • Woodlands & Wildflowers

NOTE: this is not a realistic painting class. The elements will have a LOOSE and MODERN (and super cute, in my opinion) look and feel, taking advantage of negative space. Perfect for cute paintings in nurseries!

Weekly lessons:

  • Week 1: Woodland creatures (fawn, fox, squirrel, raccoon, owl, bear, wolf)
  • Week 2: Woodland elements (mountains, trees, toadstools, pine cones, acorns)
  • Week 3: Wildflowers (various wildflowers and leaves for decoration)
  • Week 4: Putting everything together to create scenes

Techniques taught:

  • Colour mixing
  • Colour schemes
  • Background washes
  • Sketching AND Free-handing
  • Intuitive painting
  • Layering
  • Wet-on-wet
  • Wet-on-dry
  • Dry-on-wet
  • Blending
  • Using negative space
  • Compositions

Supplies (required)

  • Watercolour paper (Arches 300gsm coldpress is recommended, but a lesser weight and different brand is OK too)
  • Brushes - 2 sizes (Princeton Snap or Select are recommended. Small (2-6) and mid-sized (8-12). You can get away with one mid-sized brush, a smaller brush will just make adding details easier. I use a 6 and a 10). If you don't have a steady hand, it is also recommended to have a very small brush for applying details to faces of animals (I use a 3/0).
  • Watercolour paints in the 3 primary colours of yellow, red and blue (Winsor and Newton recommended in Winsor Lemon, Permanent Rose and Winsor Blue (Red Shade)). You may also want a pure dark colour like black for details on our creatures, as well as a Burnt Sienna or Umber (browns) for all the nature-y elements. You can of course mix from your 3 primaries if you like, but we will use a fair bit of brown this month so keep that in mind.
  • Water jars (two recommended, one for warm colours and one for cool)
  • Paper towel
  • Palette / mixing surface

Supplies (suggested / optional)

  • Something white: a white gel pen, or white opaque ink (like Dr Ph Martin's Bleedproof White) or paint / gouache for some details (spots on fawn's back etc). Masking fluid could also be used in place of this.
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Washi tape and a board (to tape down loose paper to prevent buckling)

Your Instructor

Emma Witte
Emma Witte

Oh, hey! I'm Emma - and my favourite thing in the world is to help people find and unleash their inner artist. My second favourite thing is chocolate milk.

In December 2015 I set out to make some mildly offensive greeting cards as my new business venture, Black Chalk Collective. With no idea about Photoshop or Illustrator at the time, I figured I would have to create the designs by hand. Through this discovery process, I uncovered a hidden talent and passion for Brush Pen Lettering. My trial and error lessons were shared on Instagram, and in the space of 2 years my online following grew to over 100,000 pen friends. From there I became obsessed with pointed pen, chalk lettering, watercolour... you name it.

These days, my real passion is teaching other creatives that you don't need 8 years of design experience or a degree in visual arts to create beautiful art. All you need is patience, dedication and a helping hand (that's me!) My online school is the perfect place to find bite-sized, affordable classes - that keep you accountable as we work through them as a group each month. I also share tips in my bi-monthly magazine Penultimate, as well as in my first published book 'Brush Lettering from A to Z'.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
Palettiquette is a monthly painting challenge. This particular class starts on 1st May 2018 and runs for four (4) weeks - one (1) topic a week. But you're welcome to enrol in this class whenever you like - just know the group will be onto another topic after May! You can find the current painting topic on the school homepage.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does FO'EVAHHHHHH sound? Or even 'forever'. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I need to enrol by a certain date? Is there a cut-off?
Yes and no! If you would like to save during early bird enrolment AND go through the class at the same time as everyone else - please register in the 3 days before the 1st of the month. You'll still be able to enrol after the 1st of the month, however, early bird will have ended, and you may have some catching up to do!
What supplies do I need?
Please scroll back up the page to find a list of required and suggested supplies for this particular class!
Is this a subscription? How long am I committing for?
This is not a subscription, this is a one-off registration to one month of lessons. You are welcome to skip months if the content doesn't interest you, or you can join in for all of them! Up to you. However, you will only have access to the content you have enrolled for. There may be a subscription option added in future with a discount for committing, however at this stage, it is just a month-by-month commitment. It's up to you when you join or leave.
Is this class for beginners?
This class suits beginners - however we HIGHLY recommend taking our FREE Colour Theory 101 as well as the Watercolour 101 class. This will ensure you've got all bases covered!
Can I get feedback on my work or talk to other students?
Yes aaaaaand yes! We have a Facebook group for all students who have taken part in ANY Palettiquette course. The link to the group is inside the portal, accessible once you've enrolled.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Unfortunately, due to the digital nature of this course, we are unable to issue refunds once you access the course material. Please consider before enrolling. (Also, we're quietly confident you'll love it!)


If you would like to pay with PayPal / debit card instead of credit, please use the PayPal app or website to send $30 AUD (Australian dollars) to DOUBLE CHECK MY EMAIL BEFORE SENDING :) Please read the instructions below for a quick and easy enrolment.


  • Create a login to my online school (if you've taken any of my classes before you'll already have one). You need one for me to manually enrol you.
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Please allow some time for me to manually enrol you - I'll try my best to do it ASAP ...but I may be asleep if we're in different time zones!

Unfortunately, PayPal only works as a payment method on here for courses in USD, so the process is a little trickier - but still possible :)

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