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Poured Botanical Layers

This class is FULL.
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Helen Shafer Garcia
9:00 - 4:30
Tue Oct 10

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$ 185  

Watermedia pours provide harmonious glowing washes of color on paper. Paint will  literally be poured on wet paper surfaces allowing colors to move and blend naturally.
Incredible fusions of color will appear with hardly any effort at all. This is a great way to
build up colorful backgrounds for transparent and opaque botanical layers with extended layers of markmaking. We will explore, photograph, and forage plant shapes in the surrounding natural landscape to be used as references. Be prepared to loosen up and experiment with different resists and textures to build up the surfaces, paint translucent and opaque layers, and create extraordinary plant and flying insect shapes.
Explore mark-making with gesso, pencils and pastels and other risk- taking stokes that
will break that “tight grip on the brush” approach. 

Materials Fee $15 in cash paid at beginning of class includes:

resists, tape, gesso, use of pencils, pastels
I will provide extra paint, acrylic brushes, references, and other tools to use while we

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

1or more round watercolor brushes: #12, #10, or #14
Watercolors: 3 tubes of watercolor paint: yellow, red and blue. I recommend Cadmium
Yellow Light, Quinacridone Rose, Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt blue
and a personal palette of selected colors
Good brands of watercolor include Daniel Smith, Holbein, and Winsor Newton. Try and
avoid student grade paints. You won’t get good results with them.
2 quarter sheets or more (11”x 14”) of watercolor paper (cold press or hot press- Arches,
Fabriano are good brands, not Strathmore)
Two pieces of stiff cardboard 12” x 15”’ or larger
3 small baby food jar sized containers
Small spray bottle
water container
#2b pencil 

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