Exploring Color with Water-Based Media (six-session workshop)

Ink, watercolor, gouache. These three mediums are often linked together, but how are they different? Learn to identify the properties of these exciting water-based mediums and how to combine them. By making your own color charts, abstract design explorations, and traditional still life paintings you will develop a strong understanding of color mixing and color strategies. Painting techniques including glazing, lifting, masking and wet into wet will be thoroughly investigated.

What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Gain confidence in working with mixed water-based mediums

  • A broader understanding of color mixing

  • Strengthen your painting skills and brushwork

  • Develop awareness of design and composition through color

Required supplies:

  • Rags and water bucket

  • Small round soft brush (#6)

  • Medium round soft brush (#12)

  • 1″ Flat Brush

  • Use quality Watercolor paper 140lb weight or heavier. Many people like using paper with a cold press finish. This can be either sheets or blocks.

  • HB pencil and sharpener

  • Eraser

  • Ruler

  • Good quality watercolor paint either in tube form or pan form (Winsor Newton, Van Gogh, Holbien, Daniel Smith, Sennilier are all good brands).

  • You do not need all of these colors. Just have at least two shades of blue, red and yellow plus a brown and green. Recommended shades: Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Turqouise Light, Ultramarine Blue, Curelean; Cadmium Red , Bright rose, Quinacridone Red, Alizarin Crimson; Hansa Yellow Light, Auerolin Yellow, New Gamboge; Burnt Seinna (brown), or Indian red(red brown); Viridian/ Pthalo Green

  • Portable Watercolor Box or Paint mixing tray (this can be part of your paint set)

  • Waterproof black drawing ink

  • Gouache

  • Masking fluid (optional)

  • Sea sponge (optional)

  • Spray bottle (optional)

  • Painters tape

  • Color wheel

  • Gray scale and value finder (some color wheels include this)