Flowers and succulents are some of my favorite subjects to paint. Close ups of flora are the easiest way of learning this approach to applying paint to the paper surface. Letting the water do the work for you is the answer. We have a tendency to want to control the paint with our brushes. We’ll work with a method called dropped in color to provide harmonious glowing puddles and pools of luscious color on paper. Incredible fusions of color will appear with hardly any effort at all. Learn how to see lights and darks to create 3D affects. I will have flora shapes to trace onto your paper or you can draw out your own. I’ll bring plenty of images to use as reference. We’ll also play with opacity to create some interesting layers and textures.
$15 kit fee paid to instuctor at beginning of classincludes:
watercolor paper, Holbien paint samples, drafting tape, transfer paper, images to use while we work
Supply list to bring to class:
2 or more round watercolor brushes: #12, #10, or #14
Watercolors: Work with professional grade paints whenever possible. You won’t get the same effects with cheap sets. Avoid the round, chalky, opaque sets. Use either a pan set or a personal palette of colors.
Pan sets: Winsor Newton, Da Vinci, Pelikan
Personal palette of selected colors.
I work with Daniel Smith and Holbien tube paints set in a palette. Winsor Newton, Maimeri Blue, American Journey (Cheap Joes art materials) are also good brands. These are some of my favorite colors and are just suggestions. I’ve set the basics in bold if you are on a limited budget.
Azo Yellow or Cadmium Yellow light , Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Leaf Green, Compose Green #1, Phthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Horizon Blue, Carbazole Violet, Indigo
#2b pencil and white soft eraser