Come and explore a fascinating medium! You will learn a range of techniques including basic, variegated, and graded washes. Develop a unique vision as you learn about or strengthen your understanding of color, composition, and building value through successive washes. Demonstrations will be given and examples from masters shown as we paint using photographs as reference. One on one instruction benefits students of all levels.
Basic Materials List
Buy artist grade tubes, but if you are on a budget the “Cotman” watercolors by Winsor & Newton are OK. Small: 5ml/.17 oz OK
Winsor & Newton Aureolin Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cobalt Blue (Cobalt Blue Deep is OK), Winsor Blue (Green Shade) OR Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Red, and Permanent Rose. [2 yellows, 2 blues, 2 reds]
I recommend 140lb. Cold Press watercolor blocks 9”x12“, 10”x14“, or 12”x16.” Blocks have a gum binding around the edges. This helps to keep the paper flat and eliminates the need for ‘stretching’ the paper.
Utrecht French Premium Watercolor blocks (Utrecht only)
Montval Watercolor blocks (Cheap Joes, Jerry’s Artarama)
Kilimanjaro Original White watercolor blocks (Cheap Joes)
Arches. Available at most suppliers, it is more expensive, but it is beautiful paper.
Buy synthetic sable such as Winsor & Newton ‘Cotman,’ Princeton synthetic sable, or Mimik Kolinsky Synthetic short handled brushes.
One flat: ¾” (½ “ or 1” if you cannot get a ¾). One #8 round.
Later add: a Liner or Rigger #2
Creative Mark Palette, Tom Lynch Palette, or an empty half pan ‘box.’ I use a John Pike standard palette.
2 plastic containers for water
HB or B drawing pencil
Eraser (I prefer a kneaded eraser)
Intermediate Materials List
Use Artist Grade Pigments
Transparent: Schmincke gamboge modern
Schmincke translucent orange
Winsor & Newton aureolin yellow
Staining: Winsor & Newton permanent alizarin crimson
Winsor & Newton permanent rose
Schmincke phthalo blue AND / OR Winsor & Newton winsor blue: green shade
Schmincke phthalo green AND / ORWinsor & Newton winsor green: blue shade Schmincke sap green
Semi-Transparent Schmincke cobalt blue deep
Schmincke ultramarine finest
Semi-Opaque Schmincke cadmium yellow middle
Schmincke scarlet red (#363)
Schmincke olive green yellowish (#525)
Schmincke payne’s grey (#783)
Schmincke cobalt cerulean (#499)
Schmincke cobalt turquoise
Schmincke dark blue indigo (#498)
Opaque: Schmincke cadmium orange deep
Schmincke cadmium red middle
Schmincke Hooker’s Green
Light red (substitute: Schmincke English Venetian red)
Winsor & Newton Indian red
Tertiaries: Schmincke (#656) or Winsor & Newton yellow ochre
Schmincke raw sienna
Sennelier (#211) or Winsor & Newton burnt sienna
Maimeri (#492) or Winsor & Newton burnt umber
Winsor & Newton sepia
White: white gouache (this is opaque)
Invest in a new brush
Blocks and sheets: Hot Press, Cold Press, Rough. Consider buying one 300 lb. Sheet and cutting or tearing into 4, 6, or 8 smaller sheets. Try different brands: Kilimanjaro, Arches, Waterford, Fabriano…
Online or Catalog Suppliers
Jerry’s Artarama: www.jerrysartarama.com
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff: www.cheapjoes.com
AC Moore, Michael’s, AI Friedman, Thomsons.