Close Focus Flowers in Watercolour, Imbil, February
Saturday, February 25
Imbil RSL Hall
127 Yabba Road Imbil, QLD 4570
This watercolour workshop will concentrate on learning techniques vital to producing lovely floral paintings in close-up view. Jan will share many tips to help you achieve better compositions and colour harmony, plus choosing the correct colours for shadows. Special attention will be paid to creating hard and soft edges and how to fix mistakes! With a combination of theory, demonstrations and a class project, students will gain new proficiency for better designs and improving watercolour painting skills.
References to transfer will be provided to save time for painting. Suitable for all levels but some previous experience with watercolour basics is required.
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Paints –Bring a range of transparent professional quality watercolours in your preferred brand. You will mainly need pinks (Permanent Rose or Quinacridone or any with code PV19 is particularly useful for colour mixing), a primary or mid yellow, some blues and a Neutral Tint.
Paper –You will require 300gsm Cold Pressed watercolour paper in Medium or Rough. Experienced watercolourists may prefer Hot Pressed paper instead. My recommendation is to buy a watercolour block as the paper is already stretched. ¼ or ½ sheet size is fine. Quality brands are Arches or Saunders Waterford or Fabriano Artistico. Student quality paper just doesn’t work well. Make sure the paper is 100% Cotton.
Brushes - Bring whatever watercolour brushes you already own but include at least two ‘rounds’ with a sharp point (one small and one larger), plus a larger ‘mop’ brush for backgrounds. Some very fine detail brushes will also be useful. There are so many good brushes on the market I won’t specify any particular brand, but just make sure they are designated watercolour brushes and not ones with long handles (which are for acrylics).
Palette – The large plastic palettes with lots of wells and a lid are my recommendation. Otherwise bring what you usually use. Make sure it has a large enough mixing area.
Board –Larger than your paper and something to prop up under one end for working at an angle.
Other Necessities – Drawing equipment (pencils, eraser, ruler etc, plus pen and paper for taking notes), 1 sheet of graphite transfer paper (not carbon paper), an old towel or hand towel, tissues, 2 plastic containers for water, and masking tape. A medicine dropper or plastic pipette for squirting small amounts of water would also be handy.
Jan will supply the reference material for this workshop, but you are welcome to bring any favourite copyright-free references of a flower in macro view. See the examples of the paintings. You will need a colour printout and an A4 or larger photocopy for transferring.