• Floral Inspirations Material List


    This is the suggested material list for our workshop on Floral Inspiration. Please note: we can make most anything work as long as you have decent paper and some watercolors (and a brush). I am not picky about specific colors or brands; our work will be loose and fun, and you will be encouraged to explore the materials you have on hand rather than spend a fortune on items you may only use once.
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    It is important that you work on either watercolor paper (I prefer cold press, 90 lb or heavier), or mixed media paper. I like the Canson XL Mixed Media or any watercolor paper you have on hand; sheets should be approximately 9x12 and we will go thru about 4-6 pages depending on how big  you like to work. Working in a journal with good paper is also fine, although we will be cutting out some of the work.

    There is a huge variety of watercolors. The price reflects the quality, so I encourage you to start with a mid range set of colors if you are just beginning (sets running $25-$30 for 8-14 colors). Some brands to consider: Sakura, Arteza, Winsor Newton. If you are an experienced watercolorist (or a serial student) you may already have tubes of paint. For this class you may want to pull out the tubes and have a small palette or plate ready to go. I will attach the colors I have in my custom palette for your info – but please don’t feel that you need to run out and buy lots of new tubes!! You will have fun with the basic colors (primary & secondary) and can mix to make some magic.

    I primarily work with water chamber brushes because I like the convenience of being able to add water and for the times I paint while traveling. However, if you already have a few smaller, good watercolor brushes you can easily use those. I like the waterchamber brushes by Arteza or Sakura Koi (medium tips).

    Any fine tip, permanent black pen will work. I reach for Micron #005 or 01 first, or Master’s Touch #0.5  Some folks like the fine tip Sharpies but I am not crazy about them; they will lose their vibrant color after a few years. You will want to have a few pens for the class.

    Other pens:
    I love working with white gel pens; the only one to purchase is the Uniball Signo White Gel (buy two in case one is dry which happens on occasion). I also love playing with the Posca acrylic pens (fine tip) or a set I found in a big box craft store “Acrylic Paint Markers” (studio series). It will be fun to have a few Tombow pens on hand. These are dual tip waterbase markers that will bleed when wet and offer lovely colors. You can purchase them in a small set of just get a few colors that you like.

    Other Items to have on hand:
    Paper towels
    Spray bottle with clean water
    Cup for water if you are using traditional brushes instead of water chamber brush
    Hair dryer for speed drying if needed

This portfolio last updated: 11-Jan-2022 3:51 PM