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Wild Watercolors

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November 2, 2021
November 3, 2021
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

Connect to this big, wild world through deeply observing, drawing and painting autumnal forms and colors. We’ll collect objects and ideas on gentle forays in Hoyt Arboretum, returning to the studio for guided studies using watercolor, gouache, ink, and a bit of gold leaf. Our projects will combine careful rendering techniques and accurate color mixing with wilder, less controlled approaches as we work towards completing at least one larger painting. We will invite effortless beauty into our work and open ourselves to the magic and healing aspects of making art in deep response to nature.

About the Instructor(s)

Andie Thrams uses watercolors in wildland forests to create paintings and artist’s books that explore mystery and reverence, while also grappling with the vanishing habitats of our era. Merging the lineages of illuminated manuscripts and natural history field journals with a contemporary art and science awareness, her paintings weave intricate botanical detail into layers of shape, color, and hand-lettered text to evoke the complex interconnections within ecosystems of the Greater West. Her work is widely exhibited and held in numerous collections. She was a Sitka Center artist in residence in 2004.

Materials List: Students Bring


o Please prepare your paper before our class (see instructions below)

o At least 6 loose sheets of watercolor paper, around 10"x11" each. If you purchase one 22"X30"sheet of 140 lb. hot and/or cold press watercolor paper, you will be able to cut or tear each sheet into six pieces measuring 10"x11".

o 3 loose sheets of watercolor paper, around 10"x22" each. If you purchase one 22"X30"sheet of 140 lb. hot and/or cold press watercolor paper, you will be able to cut or tear down each sheet into three pieces measuring 10"x22".

o Clipboard, foam board, or corrugated cardboard about 10"x22" (to hold your sheets of paper).

o 2 bulldog clips or rubber bands big enough to securely hold your paper to the board


o #10 or #12 round (or bigger) and #6 round watercolor brushes. Winsor & Newton sable or synthetic brushes (Cotman, Cirrus, Septre Gold, Artist's or Series 7 are all good). Creative Mark "Rhapsody" and Da Vinci Cosmotop Mix B round brushes are both very good quality at reasonable cost. It will pay off over time to buy the best watercolor brush you can afford.

o 1 large flat brush at least 1" wide. This can be a simple inexpensive craft foam or bristle brush.


o Palette filled with tube watercolor paints in the below colors. The better paint brands are Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Utrecht and Holbein. Bring what you can, don’t worry if you don’t have all the colors. Recommended colors for a basic watercolor kit are:

o Quinacridone rose, or quinacridone pink, or permanent rose (purple-biased red)

o Cadmium red (orange-biased red)

o Ultramarine blue (purple-biased blue)

o Pthalo blue, or manganese blue, or cerulean blue (green-biased blue)

o Lemon yellow, cadmium yellow pale or hansa yellow light (green-biased yellow)

o Cadmium yellow deep, cadmium yellow, or gamboge (orange-biased yellow)

o Sap green (good all-around green)

o Oxide of chromium green (another useful green)

o Ultramarine violet or other purple

o Any orange you like

o Burnt sienna

o Quinacridone gold

o Permanent white or titanium white gouache (not watercolor). Keep this color in the tube, not in your palette.


o Plastic lettuce bin cover, butcher tray, open palette, or other large paint mixing space

o No. 2 or HB drawing pencil

o Fine or extra fine black felt tip pen (such as Pigma micron in size .01, or bigger if you prefer)

o 2 or 3 light-colored pencils in any colors you like. Prismacolor "Cream" is a good color to have.

o Black, brown, or other dark-colored ink (any type)

o Small brush or dip pen to use with ink

o 1 light-colored crayon in any color

o 3 small containers for paint mixing & painting water, such as small yogurt containers or jars

o Rags or paper towels

o Small spray bottle


o Eye-dropper

o Finetec/Coliro Mica watercolors, PearlEx powder, or other sparkly paint in any color you wish

o Additional useful brushes are: Pentel Aquwash water brush, 1/4" angle brush, a "stubby"-type bristle brush (like a kids brush), and a script, rigger, or liner brush.

o If you already have them, bring metal leafing materials: adhesive, metal leaf, parchment paper, etc.

***All Participants will have time during class to venture outdoors to collect items and/or plant materials they find of interest, such as fallen leaves, acorns, lichen, twigs, etc. Online Participants may want to be sure they have some things like this on hand, and all Participants are invited to collect items of interest ahead of time and bring them to class.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Supplemental ink and paint

• Gold leaf

• Adhesive and other materials for leafing

• Plant materials

• Printed handouts

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