World Watercolor Month is on the way – and you know that’ll be quite the celebration around here…..Not one but two new watercolor classes will be added to our roster!
Classes will be ON SALE during July – prices listed below are the full prices before sales.
To assist students in preparing (since I haven’t yet figured out how to have students pre-register!), the supply lists are in this post – along with links to a preview video – so you can order what you’d need in the next few weeks. Remember that you’ll have forever-access, and there’s no “live” content that has to be viewed on the day of the launch of classes. But some folks like to be ready ahead of time, so supplies are listed after class descriptions.
Sale on supplies: If you need a pack of brushes, paper, and paint together, there’s a bundle on sale HERE for $120 (retail value $184!).
Watercolor Backgrounds for Cardmakers: $28.99
This is a beginner class, focusing primarily on backgrounds to use for greeting cards! No drawing skills are needed – there will be 15 different backgrounds created to use for cards – and some are shown with a couple variations, too. If you’d like to preview what’s coming up – check out the as-yet unlisted YouTube promo video!
Note that you can likely try out the supplies you already have for this class. You can also use whatever colors you desire – change it up from the colors used in the examples. If you’re new to watercolor, try the small set of 6 paints – it’s a great collection and keeps your $ investment low.
Fresh Flowers Watercolor Class $42.99
This is an intermediate class, teaching techniques to paint different flower shapes in a loose style. Trillium, snapdragon, sunflowers, roses and many more. Students will also learn to turn these flower shapes into a wreath painting, and will explore painting glass vases into which they can put the flowers. If you’d like to preview what’s coming up – check out the as-yet unlisted YouTube promo video!
Students are encouraged to create a practice page first with each flower shape – paint it over and over in different sizes, different colors, experimenting with water and pigment mixtures. Then a full painting video shows how to create a full-size (9×12) painting. (Small versions can, of course, be created too.) This means that it is suggested that students have 2 sheets of watercolor paper on hand; if purchasing the 9×12 Arches Cold Press pads recommended, get two of them for class.
Taking a beginner class is highly recommended; there is one lesson about basic paint strokes and paint mixing, but it is assumed that much of that is understood before taking this course.
Not all supplies listed are mandatory…a little about them:
- Paint: Daniel Smith Watercolor tubes are what I use in both classes. Here’s a bit on the colors in my palette, but you can use what colors YOU like to create your backgrounds or flowers:
- Dot Card —- has dot-sized samples of my favorite colors
- 6 Essentials Set — two reds, two yellows, two blues; any color can be mixed from these
- Yellows: Lemon Yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep
- Reds: Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Quinacridone Coral
- Pink: Quinacridone Pink
- Greens: Green Apatite (has texture), Sap Green (a nice natural green), Phthalo Green – Blue Shade (brighter almost teal green)
- Blues: Ultramarine Turquoise, Indanthrone Blue (navy), Phthalo Blue – Red Shade (similar to Green Shade which is in the 6 Essentials set), Manganese (sky)
- Purple: Carbazole Violet
- Pearlescent Shimmer (can be added to anything)
- Natural colors: Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Quinacridone Gold, Sepia, Lunar Black. For florals class, a little brown and black are helpful, however you can mix those from other colors too. For backgrounds class, if you like natural hues, pick some of these.
- If you wish to create a palette, the palette and pans are listed below; view palette-creation HERE.
- Also okay to use for watercolor backgrounds class: Koi Sketchbox, Gansai Tambi (these are both a little more like guache so they don’t layer as nicely as the Daniel Smith paints). For florals class, I recommend higher quality paints, but you can try some of these others if you need to.
- Paper: Arches Cold Press will be used in videos in both classes. You can use the rough if you love texture! Get two pads for the floral class.
- Brushes: #8 and #12 are recommended for both classes.
- Frog tape: Not used in floral class. Recommended for backgrounds class. I like the green slightly more than the yellow but both are fine.
- Hardbord: Not used in floral class unless you desire to tape your paper down. Get a size bigger than what you plan to paint.
- Spray bottles: At least get a small one; for backgrounds class, having one for water and a small to mix paint will help.
- Heat gun or hair dryer: helpful in both classes.
- Kneaded eraser: helpful for backgrounds class.
- Brush washer: convenient for both classes.
- Palette and pans: helpful for both, but not required. Video HERE.
Watercolor Backgrounds class only:
This class does not show the creation of cards in the videos. The backgrounds are taught, then below each video, finished cards are shown and a description is provided with basic tips. You can use these backgrounds along with any of the card design videos you find on YouTube!
All backgrounds created in videos for this class were mounted onto black cardstock as they were completed. Then all in one day, they were turned into cards using these stamps in the Essentials by Ellen collection below to finish them all off.
Other supply notes for cardmaking
- Adhesive: Watercolor paper is textured – so I recommend using a really strong adhesive. I use either Be Creative Tape or ATG tape in generous quantity – and the Be Creative tape is by far stickier and more permanent. For extra flattening, adhere watercolor paper onto a base piece of cardstock, then attach that cardstock with any of your favorite regular adhesives. Both foam tape and Xtreme tabs are sticky enough for watercolor paper.
- Ink: If you’re just stamping on top of pre-painted paper and don’t need to add water, use any ink. But below are some ink options if you want to be able to watercolor stamped images.
- Embossing: Be sure to use a powder tool to prepare your watercolor paper for embossing. This removes the static from the paper so when you shake on the powder, it’s less likely to stick. (Use Versamark for embossing.)
- Stamping: A MISTI stamping tool can really be helpful when stamping on watercolor paper because it allows for repeated stamping. Watercolor paper is textured and can require some extra attention.
- Glossy Accents: Throughout this class, Glossy Accents is used as an adhesive and as an embellishment!