Colors are like jewels. Brushes can dance on the surface of the paper making them glow with just paint and water. Watercolor is a great way to express yourself with a medium that it is easy clean up and very rewarding. We will talk about preparation prior to paint, like sketches, colors, values, composition and design. The class will address wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, washes, glazes, soft and hard edges techniques.
Sketch book spiral bound, and sketch pencils 3B and 6B. White erase, Kneaded eraser (important, to erase on watercolor paper).
Paper: Arches Watercolor Sheet paper140lb Cold press. Arches watercolor block 14” x 20” is an option also optional brands are Winsor & Newton, or Fabriano. We will be
using around 4 sheets on a 6 week session.
Paper Support: Watercolor Backing Board 22” x 15”(Artmate Champion),
Gatoboard , Plexiglass, or it can be any support that doesn’t absorb water. It needs to be 22” x 15”. Don’t staple the paper on it.
Palette: Frank Webb Palette, Robert Wood Palette, Skip Lawrence Palette,
…. A good size watercolor palette with lid, to hold at least 16
Brushes: Flat Brushes:
2”flat (Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold Serie 606 flat)
¾” flat (Kolinsky Sable)
Size 6, size 8, and size 12 round, (Isabey, Windsor & Newton Kolinsky sable are the best)
Size 0 or 1 Regal Rigger
Fritch Scrubber size 6 and size 12
Good brushes are very expensive, but it will last forever. If you are
not sure about buying it, bring what you have and we can talk
about it in class.
Most of the paints are Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolor.
I like to buy the 14ml or 37ml tubes.
Cobalt teal from M. Graham
Clips (bulldog spring type)
Kleenex Tissue paper
Water bottle spray
Roll of paper towel
Where to buy supplies:
dickblick.com (Dick Blick has stores in Chicago area)
For Brushes a good place to buy is:
Kalish Fine Brushes
1 973 887-1229
Location: Kavanagh Building
Days: Fridays: April 28 - May 26; 9:30am - 12:30pm ;
Class ID: 223115050
Class Price: $175
Member Price: $150(enter member discount code at checkout)
Materials Fee: $0