This class is designed to help intermediate watercolour painters loosen up their paintings, while still achieving great results in terms of value, composition, colour and above all capturing the transparent light in the subject. It’s based on the somewhat non-traditional approach of Tim Bennison, AFCA. We will explore how randomized wet-on-wet underpainting, BEFORE you tackle the subject, can introduce wonderful “happy accidents” that make your painting zing. We will also explore how various “cheating” techniques can expand your creative toolset and give you the confidence to let go of the “tightness” that often plagues watercolour painters. By “cheating” we are talking about hairdryers, white gouache, lifting paint off the paper, and (gasp) masking fluid! So come with an open mind about what you can do with watercolour, and be prepared to expand your horizons with this crazy, difficult but ultimately transcendent medium!
Class will be delivered live online via Zoom, and for those who cannot attend live a Zoom recording link will be sent out after class.
Registration is per household, feel free to sign up and have everyone join in!
A limited number of tickets are available at a 50% discount for those in financial hardship.
- Arches watercolour paper:
- 300g Cold Pressed (at least 9”x12”), 5 sheets
- 300g Rough (at least 9”x12”), 5 sheets
- Plywood or plexiglass board, larger than your paper size, for taping paper down
- Good quality masking tape, at least 1” wide
- Winsor and Newton masking fluid
- Paper towel
- Tube of titanium white (acrylic) or Chinese white gouache paint
- Watercolour palette with paint compartments
- The following watercolour paints (Ideally squeezed out and dry in compartments of a watercolour palette, but tubes are OK too):
- Winsor and Newton: Ultramarine Blue, New Gamboge Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Scarlet Lake, (Optional: Hookers Green)
- Daniel Smith: Verditer Blue, (Optional: Permanent Orange), Jadeite Green
- Note: if you don’t have the above exact colours and brands, just make sure you have something close
- Watercolour Brushes:
- Squirrel mop, Half-inch Flat, One-inch Flat, Number 3 Round, Number 1 Round
- Three sharp HB pencils
- Pencil sharpener
- Kneadable eraser
- Old toothbrush
- Chisel tip or detail tip silicone masking fluid applicator:
- Two old, discardable round brushes (that you don’t mind ruining)
- Fine tip Masking Fluid Applicator Bottle:
- Bar of soap
- Piece of natural sponge
- Holbein spray bottle –
- Three good-sized bowls or yogurt containers for water
- Good lighting in your painting space