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Mixed Media Dream Florals

Caitlin Dundon
9:00 - 4:30
Saturday & Sunday

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$ 340  

Join mixed media artist, author, instructor and calligrapher Caitlin Dundon for a fabulous, energizing and inspirational two day workshop! We will start with the basics of your background substrate starting with collage versus painted and gessoed backgrounds. Work on sheets of watercolor paper or bring your favorite canvas or wood panels. The workshop will cover the basics of simple collage with a variety of papers (or use your own color laser printed photos or magazine photos) using acrylic soft gels and working with a “Dream Floral theme or students can choose to work with abstract imagery or another theme of their choosing. We will explore image collage working with simple imaginary floral collages and painted flowers. Then we will discover the magic of layering in mixed media using acrylic painting techniques, stamping, stenciling and more including: gesso washes, sgraffito and mark-making, using non-brush wedges/tools for painting, acrylic soft gel collage, tinted gel collage, rubber stamping with gesso, paint and permanent stamp pads, stenciling with paint and gesso, reverse stenciling, stamped and collaged papers, crackle gel, color glazing, hand lettering, stamped and collaged lettering.

Students will benefit from daily handouts and critiques with helpful tips for individual problem solving for layout, color and texture. Finally, the class will review a variety of drawing/ink pens/brush pens and fine brushes for adding details like outlines, line work and lettering including dip pens, Pitt pens/Microns, China Markers, Posca pens and Golden high flow and acrylic ink.

Materials Fee $20 paid at beginning of class includes:

additional colors acrylic paints (heavy body and high flow)
black gesso
collage papers (novel newsprint, tissue paper, rice paper, mulberry paper, decorative paper)
rubber stamps and stencils to share
acrylic glazing liquid
paper plates
makeup wedges
tools/wedges to share
crackle gel
China Marker
FW white acrylic ink, High flow black, brown, blue
Posca pens
tracing paper
graphite transfer paper
Caran D’ache white pencils

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

qty. 6 sheets, 11 inch x 14 inch hot press watercolor paper (like 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico) or OPTIONAL bring 4 sheets of watercolor paper and 2 qty. 11 inch x 14” canvas or wood panels
water container
assorted brushes for acrylics (instructor recommends 1 inch flat or mop brush and quarter inch flat, plus smaller pointed brushes for detail work)
paper towels
baby wipes
8 oz. jar of white acrylic gesso
8 oz. jar of acrylic soft gel in matte, gloss or semi-gloss
2-3+ colors of acrylic heavy body or fluid acrylics
ball point pen
Optional: bring your own floral reference for inspiration (color laser printed photos (not inkjet), calendar page, magazine photo etc.), bring your own assortment of decorative papers to collage, rubber stamps/stencils, heat tool

Many of the required supplies may be pre-ordered from Meininger. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. To order supplies, contact Meininger.

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For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.

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