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Mon, 26 Oct


Online Workshop

Watercolour Workshop - Painting Birds

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Watercolour Workshop - Painting Birds
Watercolour Workshop - Painting Birds

Time & Location

26 Oct 2020, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT

Online Workshop


About the Event

Come join me and watercolour enthusiasts from around the world on Monday October 26th 2020 as I take you step by step through a live online watercolour tutorial. Viewers can watch, or join in and replicate the steps while I explain some basic watercolour techniques, tips and recommendations.

Cost: £20.00

Duration: 120 Minutes

Platform: Zoom (Private Stream)

60mins - Technique Lesson: Painting Birds with Variation - Loose Feathers/Detailed Head (1st Bird - 36x28cm Painting)

60mins - Subject Painting: 2nd Bird Painting (58x36cm Painting)

48 hours after the live workshop, participants will receive a link to allow them to watch the workshop again whenever they wish.

If you'd like to join in, here are some items I use:

Paper -

36x28cm Minimum, I recommend a cotton based paper, 300gsm - personally I prefer Saunders Waterford, Arches, Fabriano or even Bockingford. I use low-stick masking tape to keep it still on a board, which also leave a clean, crisp border once removed.

Brushes -

Medium/Large Mop Brush - perfect for big areas such as sky and foregrond. Squirell hair is best as it holds the most water.

Medium Synthetic Brush - something with a fine point for medium sized areas and smaller details

Rigger Brush - a longer thin brush, perfect for branches, railings and long thin lines

Chinese Caligraphy Brush - Usually made from Wolf/Sheep hair, very inexpensive (search eBay/Amazon for them)

Paint -

Chinese White

Ivory Black

Neutral Tint

Grey of Grey (opaque)

Horizon Blue (opaque)

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Cadmium Yellow

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Red

Burnt Sienna

Raw Umber

Vandyke Brown

Sap Green

I personally use Holbein Watercolour Paints, if you don't have all these colours - don't panic, we can mix anything from the 3 primary colours - plus for me, the overall tone of a painting is more important than using exactly the same colours.

Other Equipment -

Water Pot - I usually use two, one to wash pigment out of a brush, a 2nd to load up with clean water

Atomiser - a fine mist water spray

Tissue - helps to dry a brush if needed, mop up drips

Hairdryer - to speed up the drying process

Pencil - for preliminary sketch

Palette - with several large wells  to ensure enough space for mixing

Masking Fluid - I use this very rarely, but the best (in my opinion) is 'Frisk Masking Fineliner, 30ml, Blue'

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