October 10, 11, 12, 13 2023
This will be a studio based workshop. We will work on a range of subjects to explore a large variety of techniques. As well as regular watercolor techniques we will incorporate ink, gouache, gesso and charcoal into our paintings. We will experiment and take risks to squeeze the most out of our subjects.
We will work on small (approx. 260x360mm) paintings and will complete 2 paintings per day.
This workshop is suitable for all levels, but you should have basic skills .
We will work hard, Have a lot of fun and produce some great paintings.
Ideally, bring all of this stuff, but at a minimum bring the items marked in bold
Items in BLUE are for workshops where we will be painting outdoors
French Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue - Green or Yellow shade ( or Winsor or Prussian )
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Quinacridone Gold (or Indian Yellow )
Small container of Gesso
Burnt Sienna pigment ink (or similar) Screw cap on tight and seal in zip lock plastic bag if flying.
Plain dip in pen and nib
I prefer Arches Watercolor blocks 300gsm (140lb) Medium (Cold Pressed) 26x36cm (approx.10" x 14") or loose sheets the same size (¼ full sheet). Allow for 2 sheets per day plus a couple of spare.
Lightweight backing board if using loose sheets
1/2 inch flat Taklon (One Stroke or Long Flat)
1/4 inch flat Taklon(One Stroke or Long Flat)
1/8 inch flat Taklon(One Stroke or Long Flat)
#1 or #2 Taklon liner
2” or 3” Hake brush (GOAT HAIR)
An old 1/2” bristle house painting brush (I will supply these)
OLD HAND TOWEL
Handy for adjusting the amount of water in your brush.
Small enamel or plastic folding palette
Fine fibre tip permanent ink sketch pen
A black charcoal pencil.
A white charcoal pencil.
A couple of inktense pencils (Brown/ Grey)
...and a craft knife to keep them sharp
Small folding stool
Water container and water bottle
Small water spray bottle
Small sketch pad
If you want to use an easel make sure it is small and light - you will have to carry it everywhere with you. I only use an easel so students can see when I am demonstrating.
All this should fit into a backpack and be easy to carry. Anything you are not sure about, leave behind. If you work on a small easel, remember, you have to carry it.