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Portland, OR 2023 FALL - Oct 8-15, 2023

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Watercolor Animal Crackers

Helen Shafer Garcia
9:00 - 4:30
Sun Oct 8

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$ 185  

Animals make us laugh and bring contentment to our lives. Spend the day creating imaginative watercolor portraits of your special pet friends. No drawing skills needed! We’ll paint with watercolors and create glaze layers to portray fun, imaginative colors and perhaps an outfit and accessories! We’ll work with Masa paper which is a rice paper that will be manipulated to a batiklike surface. Pick up your pencils and learn how to add color changes and textures to the watercolor surface. Finish off the work with a special acrylic protective layer and varnish to seal the painting. 

Materials Fee $15 paid at beginning of class includes:

Masa paper, glue, tracing papers, acrylic paints for borders, acrylic
medium and varnish.
I will provide extra brushes and other tools to use while we work. 

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

Color photo copies of your pets (head only)- print the images about an inch and a half (on each side)
smaller than the size of the canvases you purchase. Also bring a couple of black and white copiessame size as the color copies. Bring a couple of special toy pics too!
2 small primed stretched canvases: any size up to 9” x 12” or smaller
1or more round watercolor brushes: #12, #10, or #8
½ inch or larger flat acrylic brush
Small jar Matt gel or regular medium
Watercolors: pan or personal palette (a Prang set will work or tube watercolors in a palette) Try and
avoid round paint palettes. They tend to be opaque. My full palette of colors are here.
water container
#2b pencil


Click here for a printable page

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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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