Unlike oils and acrylics, which stay where you put them, watercolor is a blend of subtlety and surprise, with extraordinary interactions between water, tint, and paper. You'll start by learning the basic elements of composition as a foundation for your painting. Then, through a series of landscapes and other subjects of your choosing, you'll develop sensitivity to the medium and begin to understand which techniques achieve the best results. No previous watercolor experience required.
Please bring following supplies to the first class:
Please be aware different companies have their own numbering systems as to brush sizes. This means a #2 from one company may be a different size than a #2 from another company. The numbers listed are meant only as a guide.
Small (#2, 5) Medium (#8, 10): The smaller numbers are generally for detail. The larger sizes are for washes. Look for the brushes that are made of synthetics but not nylon. Nylon brushes carry less paint and water than the synthetics
Large (#3, 4): This brush is good for large washes. The design of the hairs makes the brush carry quite a bit of paint. Look for the brushes that are made of synthetics but not nylon. Nylon brushes carry less paint and water than the synthetics
What you want is warm and cool reds, (Cadmium Red & Alizarin Crimson) yellows, (Cadmium Yellow & Lemon Yellow) and blues (Ultramarine Blue & Cerulean Blue) as well as colors for the landscape like the Greens (warm Sap Green & cool Hooker’s Green). Colors to be used for shadows and earth tones are covered by Payne’s Gray, Sepia and Burnt Sienna.
Paper comes in two forms: pads & blocks. The paper’s weight should be 140-pound weight and a cold press type. This information is on the paper cover.
A block is a pad that has adhesive on all four sides save a small section. The block eliminates the need for a stiff backing. You should know the block is more expensive than the pad because of the added labor. A watercolor pad, on the other hand, has adhesive only on the top. The pad would need to be supported with tape and a stiff backing.
Get the white plastic palettes for watercolor. They come in a rectangular or circular shape. You can see your colors better with these than the metal palettes.
Use a non-paper stiff backing for taping watercolor paper to it. A cutting board or Masonite is a possibility.