Exploring Color with Water-Based Media

Ink, watercolor, gouache: these three mediums are often linked together. 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.

This Monday class is eight sessions in order to accommodate the two holidays that occur during the winter term: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, and Presidents’ Day, February 18. The class will not be held on these days and there will not be no makeup sessions.

What you will learn:

  • 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

  • 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 the following colors, but 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)