Watercolor Wednesdays Preclass

Welcome to this “replays” class!

This is special World Watercolor Month creation, with scheduled Zoom calls on Wednesdays – at different hours to allow different time zones to jump in live. The Zoom sessions are free if you’re around for them, but they’re also collected in this course!

While I can’t predict exactly what colors will be used for the projects, I do have some suggested materials for them.

Before we start…a little housekeeping

I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means…

  1. Do not sell or give away the concepts from my classes – you may not re-teach my instruction contained or created within these lessons.
  2. Do not post a video tutorial or step by step photo tutorial of your own redraw of class content.
  3. Do not repost any handouts you receive in class.

However…I love to see students making strides and taking this teaching and personalizing it with your own skills.

  1. DO make your own designs and develop your own style! I love that!
  2. DO gift your creations made with these techniques, of course!

At the bottom of each lesson you’ll see some ways to share your homework and ask questions, so that’ll be handy for you.

Week 1: Tree Frog

5″ x 7″ size, great for a sketchbook project, or you can cut paper to size.  Colors will be greens, blues, and oranges, with a little black for pops of contrast. Brush sizes will be an 8, 4, and 2 round. (see links below)

The sketch will be provided to those who RSVP at Artventure – but will also be in the lesson when it is posted.

Week 2: Beach scene

5″ x 7″ size, great for a sketchbook project, or you can cut paper to size.  Colors will be greens, blues, and tans, with a little white gouache. Brush sizes will be a 3/4″ flat, and an 8, 4, and 2 round. (see links below)

No sketch needed.

Week 3: Watercolor a stamped card

4.25″ x 5.5″ size, cut paper to size and have it stamped in a light ink (tan or grey) ahead of time.  Colors will be tans, browns, pinks, and whatever color for the bowl. Brush sizes will be an 8, 4, and 2 round. (see links below)

Stamping instructions will be sent to those who RSVP (Stamp set is Bake Me Happy by Colorado Craft Company). And will be provided inside the lesson as well.

Week 4: Calligraphic Marks in Florals

Floral sketchbook exercises. Colors will be garden hues. Brushes will feature an inlaid liner brush; round brush sizes will be an 8, 4, and 2 round. (see links below)

No sketch needed.

Week 5: Reflective Glass and Metal

Painting reflections with a flat brush, two 8″ x 10″ paintings. Colors will be French Ultramarine and Transparent Red Oxide (or Burnt Sienna) with Paynes Blue Grey. Brushes will feature a flat wash brush (the W/N “one stroke” brush in the list below) along with round brushes 4, and 2. (see links below)

Sketches will be sent to those who RSVP and provided in the lesson.

Paper

Good paper is important!  Choosing to work on student grade papers will hamper your results, create funky edges, and cause more blooms than a good high quality cold press or rough watercolor paper. It should be 100% cotton, sometimes called “rag” – if a paper doesn’t list that it’s made with cotton, avoid it.

Cold press vs rough? Again, personal choice. I get way better drybrush effects and beautiful edges on rough, but it can be challenging for small details. (Thus helping avoid getting lost in unnecessary detail!) Most people use cold press. (I don’t recommend hot press at all for this course.)

  1. Arches
    1. Cold Press 9×12 pad BLICK
    2. Rough 9×12 pad BLICK
    3. Cold Press 140lb full sheet, 22″ x 30″ BLICK
    4. Rough 140lb full sheet, 22″ x 30″ BLICK
  2. Saunders Waterford
    1. Cold Press 140lb full sheet, 22″ x 30″ BLICK
    2. Rough 140lb full sheet, 22″ x 30″ BLICK

    General supplies

    1. Graphix Incredible Art Board or Ampersand HardBoard (or use any hard surface you’d like)
    2. White Artist Tape, 3/4″ 
    3. Water container of some kind
    4. Spray bottle – any kind of bottle is great, though I find that a small one that fits in the hand works better than something like a windex bottle.
    5. Baby wipes, paper towels

    Brushes

    1. Natural hair brushes (I’ll be choosing from these to use during the Zoom sessions)
      1. Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #8 Blick | AMZ
      2. Da Vinci Series 17 Maestro Long Needle, Size 9/10 Blick | AMZ
      3. Da Vinci Mottler Brush Blick | AMZ
      4. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round 2 Blick | AMZ
      5. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round 4 Blick | AMZ
      6. Winsor Newton flat 3/4 sable one strokebrush Blick | AMZ
    2. Synthetic brushes:
      1. Silver Brush Black Velvet, Round 8  Blick | AMZ
      2. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #2 Blick | AMZ
      3. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #4 Blick | AMZ

      Quick links to share your work wherever you like:

      Artventure Community

      Artventure is an active art community of thousands of artists that I run on Mighty Networks via an app or the web. You’ll be right in my pocket for quick feedback and answers to questions and bonus zoom calls! Free to join.

      Social media & blogs

      Post wherever you like to share, and tag @sandyallnock – I love to see your work!  Posting lets your friends know which class you’re taking. They might enjoy learning as well!