Floral Inspirations in Watercolour, Sunshine Coast, May
NACA Noosa Arts & Crafts Association Inc.
Wallace House, 1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville, QLD
Saturday -Sunday May 1 & 2 9am-4pm
This 2-day workshop will immerse participants in a range of styles and techniques for watercolour florals.
Topics will include: choosing colour schemes for harmony; composing an interesting but simple triptych; exploring the beauty of Neutral Tint and how to create lovely blurry backgrounds. Students will find inspiration for various ways to treat floral painting, but the methods learned can be utilised for many other subjects in the future.
Please book through NACA: 07 54741211 https://noosaartsandcrafts.org.au/product/floral-painting-with-jan-lawnikanis/
NACA members fee: $160
Paints –Any “Artists’ Quality” brands of watercolour in a range of different colours. Transparent hues are
most suitable for floral painting, so include some transparent pinks (or magenta), yellows and blues.
Bring a tube of Neutral Tint or I will show you how to make it from colours in your palette.
Paper – For this workshop you will require 300gsm Cold Pressed or Rough watercolour paper in pads or a
block. It must be 100% cotton. Experienced watercolourists may prefer Hot Pressed. Again, only buy
Artists’ quality. Arches or Saunders Waterford are excellent brands. Don’t compromise on paper, cheap
brands are useless! A watercolour block is ideal as there is no need to stretch the paper. The size needs
to be from about A4 or larger.
Brushes - Bring whatever watercolour brushes you already own, but include at least one or two “rounds”
with sharp points. (One small and one larger.) A squirrel hair “mop” would also be handy if you own one
or a hake; any brush really for larger areas.
Palette – The large plastic palettes with lots of wells and a lid are my recommendation; otherwise bring
what you own. Even ice-cube trays will do for puddles of colour, but you’ll need something with a larger
flat surface for mixing paint on.
Other Necessities – Drawing equipment (pencils, eraser, ruler etc), 1 sheet of graphite transfer paper
(no other type will do), an old hand towel or rags, tissues, 2 plastic containers for water and masking
tape. A pipette or something for squirting small amounts of water would also be handy. Also think about
bringing a board with something that will prop up one end for keeping your painting surface at an angle.
I will bring a range of reference material that is required for this workshop, but you are always welcome
to bring your own copyright-free images.