Sunday, December 11, 2016

Watercolor Painting workshop in Spain!

My watercolor painting workshop in Spain is almost full, there are only a few spaces left. I'm thrilled to have such a great group of artists sign up for this, and I'm looking forward seeing so many old friends on this trip as well as meeting so many new ones!

 Here's the list of art supplies that you will need to bring on the trip.

  • Watercolor paints, either in pans or dried on your palette. Tubes and wet paint are inconvenient and messy for traveling, but you may bring them if that is what you are most comfortable using. I use a lot of blues (indigo, indathrone, payne's grey, manganese, cobalt, ultramarine, and anything else I have on hand) and I believe you can never have too many different versions of blue. You'll need at least two yellows -- a warm and a cool, and at least two reds --  , a warm and a cool. Additionally, I like to use a light green, a green/gold, sepia, and a violet. I fill the rest of the spaces in my palettes with an assortment of other colors, but if you have a basic split primary palette of six colors -- a warm and a cool version of each primary -- you'll do just fine. You don't need to use the exact same colors as I do -- bring the colors that you are most comfortable using. 
    Example of a "split primary" palette

  • Brushes: I use an assortment of round natural hair brushes. I prefer large brushes, and the largest size is a #6 squirrel mop. My largest round is a #12 Kolinsky. Natural hair brushes hold more fluid than synthetics, so they will perform like larger brushes. I also use a 1" flat for washes, a liner or rigger, and a few small stiffer brushes for lifting and scrubbing. 
  • Paper: I suggest you use watercolor blocks, nothing larger than about 12x16. You can bring an assortment of sizes to suit your fancy. You can use other watercolor sketchbooks, loose paper, pads, or other formats if you are more comfortable with that. 
  • Masking fluid and remover. 
  • pencil and eraser
  • paper towels
  • hat (to shield your eyes when painting outdoors)
  • water container (I use collapsible pet bowls)
  • salt packets (to add texture to watercolor)
  • tote bag or backpack to carry your supplies to our daily painting sites
OPTIONAL ITEMS:
  • Easel
  • plein air umbrella
  • other paints or mediums
Workshop supplies

This photo shows all the items that I will be using during the workshop. I prefer watercolor pans because they are easy to travel with and take up very little space. Most of my brushes are collapsible pocket brushes -- the cover becomes the handle.



Most of the small items fit right into my folding palettes.

Gifts for my workshop students!

There are a few things that you will need, that are not on the list, and that's because I'm bringing those items and will give them to you! These include black pens for sketching, 4x6 sketchbooks, and white pens. 
The white pens are for adding white to your watercolor paintings. The ink is opaque and archival, making it perfect for adding details and highlights.

Black ink pens are great for sketching, and drawing in details when painting watercolors en plein air.

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