Ready to create realistic paintings with watercolor?


Art Journal Thursday

A 5-week virtual creative retreat to help you find peace through the painting process while improving your watercolor skills.

Begins February 25, 2021

Yes, I want in!

Let's slow down together 

Painting is your passion.

And it's also how you relax and unwind after a stressful day. But there's just one problem - You find yourself getting frustrated and stressed when you can't translate on paper what you're visualizing in your head or seeing in your reference image.

You might wonder...

 "Where do I even start?"

"Where should I leave out white space?"

"How much detail should I use from my reference image?"

"When can I actually call my painting complete?"

And those painting tutorials on YouTube can only take you so far.  You’re ready to start creating art that's realistic and accurately expresses who you are as an artist.

But that's not all... 

  • You're ready to take on more advanced watercolor painting techniques so you can do things such as capture light better or create depth
  • You want to feel accomplished and proud of the work you're producing 
  • You're getting stuck in the details and just want to paint loosely and without feeling limited by your current skills 


Art Journal Thursday's


"Beauty in Bloom" bundle


A 5-week creative retreat for watercolor artists that helps you learn more advanced painting techniques.

Each week, you'll get to dive into a new themed painting and get the exercises and instructions you need to:

Plan out your painting

✔ Translate your reference image into your art without simply copying it

✔ Make your artwork look more realistic

✔ Express yourself freely with paint

✔ Create momentum and a painting "self-care" routine that you can stick with


The theme of this retreat is

Beauty in Bloom

Get in the mood for spring as you take out your watercolor paints and immerse yourself in four spring-themed scenes.

You'll be able to relax and enjoy the painting process as you create images of cherry blossoms, a windmill, a bird, and tulips. Each bundle includes sketching outlines, so there's no need to worry about your drawing skills.

All you need to do is take out your watercolors and start painting.

Book your virtual retreat for the early-bird price of only

$97 USD


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All sales are final.

Here’s what you’ll learn

✓ How to capture light, depth, and shadows in your painting

✓ Water control and watercolor washes

 How to add details to make your painting look realistic

✓ How to use a reference image and translate it into a successful painting without simply copying it

Here’s what you get 

  • Four pre-recorded watercolor painting tutorials to get you in the mood for spring. The images include a windmill, cherry blossom tree, field of tulips, and a bird at sunrise.
  • Videos that break down techniques such as composition, depth, light, shadowing, and more to help you create more realistic and interesting paintings.
  • Bonus sketching outlines for each scene so you can just trace and start painting.
  • A bonus step-by-step guide that you can use to create your own watercolor art using what you'll learn.
  • Lifetime access to the bundle.
Book your ticket to the retreat!

Hey, I'm Mako!

Watercolor artist and founder of Makoccino, where I help people find and share their own creative voice through watercolor painting.

For as long as I can remember, painting was a way for me to express myself and do something creative at the same time. And I'm passionate about helping others do the same.

Over the past decade, I've devoted my time to my YouTube channel to help other artists learn techniques and skills that allow them to express themselves freely in their art, and to relax and enjoy the process. 

If you're ready to master watercolor painting and practice a little self-care at the same time

Join me at the Art Journal Thursday retreat!

Get the Art Journal Thursday


“Beauty in Bloom” bundle today for only $97 USD


Yes, I want it!

All sales are final.


No matter which option you choose - to join the retreat or continue learning on your own - there is something I want you to remember.

I want you to be successful, and if this creative retreat isn’t your type of thing, that's OK.

Because what I care about most is you finding something that makes you happy, gives you a purpose in life, and helps you create beauty in the world.

This retreat is about giving you a way to find all that while being surrounded by an uplifting support system of others who also understand your passion for art. 

I can't wait to see you there!



If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me: [email protected]