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Color Theory for Watercolor

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June 5, 2021
June 6, 2021
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

This two-day workshop is exactly what Patricia wanted when she first began painting with watercolor, with just enough color theory to explain the "whys" of color mixing. Get to know your watercolor paints to to see their transparent, opaque or staining qualities by creating a reference chart. Paint color wheels and color charts, then have fun mixing watercolor wet-in-wet onto leaf shapes for glowing or earthy color. This workshop will provide great tips on brush care, controlling water and so much more.

About the Instructor(s)

Patricia Schmidt is known for her super-realistic paintings alive with color. She's been painting with watercolor for over 30 years and loves to teach workshops. She is a Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of Oregon. Her paintings are published in the Splash Retrospective, Splash 14 and Splash 12 art books.

Materials List: Students Bring

In-Person and Online Participants Bring:

• Watercolors: Bring the watercolor paints you already own so you can learn their qualities

o Essential watercolors for class exercises: Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Permanent Rose, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red or Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre, Winsor Yellow or Hansa Yellow or any bright yellow (I mostly use Winsor Newton & Daniel Smith brands but bring the brands you have)

• A few scraps of watercolor paper for color testing

• Winsor Newton masking fluid (Tip: if your masking fluid is old, it may not rub off easily, best to buy a new one)

• Sewing needle stuck in a wine cork, or use a stylus or toothpick (used to apply small lines of masking fluid)

• Palette and a large mixing surface or butcher tray or white plastic disposable plates

• Two water containers (one for rinse water and one for clean water)

• Paper towels and facial tissue (avoid "ultra-soft" tissue – the added lotion doesn't work with watercolor)

• Watercolor brushes: a selection of rounds and a 1/2" flat

• Masking tape and a toilet paper roll (we will wrap the toilet paper roll with a paper towel - a great way to control to much water in brushes) or a sponge or an old hand towel

• Ultra fine-point black Sharpie marker pen

• Pencil

• White plastic eraser

• "The Master's" brush cleaner

• Q-tips

• Small jar of Vaseline,

• Old toothbrush

• Toothpicks

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

(Online Participants will have the following kit shipped to them before class begins)

• Pre-printed color wheels and color charts

• Watercolor testing chart for transparent, opaque and staining qualities

• Pre-drawn leaves on watercolor paper

• Color handout

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