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Watercolor Furry Animal Portraits

Helen Shafer Garcia
9:00 - 4:30
Tuesday June 22

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$ 170  

Drawing and painting furry animals is a direction I take again and again. They make me laugh and bring me joy. In this workshop we will create an in-depth watercolor portraits using masking fluid and gouache techniques. I’ll teach you step by step how to draw the shapes to make your special portrait. You can also trace your image if needed.
Watercolor techniques using masking fluid will bring depth to the fur textures. Work with a full and imaginative color range for the unexpected. Color temperature, intensity, and glazing will be discussed and practiced. Glaze layers will be achieved with layers of masking fluid to save lines and shapes. Towards the end of the workshop day we’ll unveil the hidden layers saved by the masking fluid. I’ll show you how to adjust the values and colors to bring forth a cohesive painting.   

Materials Fee $15 paid at beginning of class includes:

cold pressed watercolor paper, masking fluid, small brushes for masking fluid, erasers, gouache, soap
I will provide extra brushes and other tools to use while we work.

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

Color photo copies of your pet or a friend’s pet (head and part of the chest in different views)- print the animal close to 8.5” wide. This method works best with close up images of the animal. Also bring a couple of black and white copies- same size as the color copies 8.5 “x 11”
Brushes: at least 2 watercolor brushes. #14 or #12, and a small round detail brush #4 or #2 Watercolors: pan or personal palette of tube watercolors in a palette.
Pigments: Suggested professional grade paint palette. Do the best you can with purchases on new paints according to your budget. A Pan palette will also work. Avoid the round palettes- they are usually too opaque.
Watercolor brands: Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Winsor Newton, Di Vinci, Holbein. Lemon yellow
Cadmium Yellow light
Quinacridone Red
Quinacridone Rose or Permanent Rose
Quinacridone Gold
Quinacridone Burnt Sienna or Burnt Sienna
Sap Green  
Phthalo Green
Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine Cobalt Blue
Phthalo Blue
Cobalt Turquoise light
Carbazole or Dioxazine Violet
Water container
#2b pencil and white soft eraser Paper towels
Hair dryer or heat gun to share
water container
#2b pencil


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