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Watercolor Mixing Basics

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Watercolor Mixing Basics
Patricia Schmidt
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$255 plus $10 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
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February 27, 2018
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March 13, 2018

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Workshop Overview

This 2-day workshop is the one the instructor, Patricia Schmidt, wanted when she first began painting with watercolor - with just enough color theory to explain the "whys" of color mixing. Test your watercolor paints to see their transparent, opaque or staining qualities and with step-by-step class exercises, paint color wheels and color charts to learn how to mix bright and neutral colors: glowing oranges, designer purples, earthy greens and luminous tans and grays. Have fun with three methods of mixing paint: on the palette, glazing on paper and wet- into-wet. Also, learn tips on brush care, controlling water and so much more.

About the Instructor(s)

Patricia has been painting for over 30 years. She is a Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Colored Pencil Society of America and SPLASH, a professional artist group. Her paintings are published in "Splash Retrospective: 20 Years of Watercolor Excellence" (2013), "Splash 14" (2013), "Splash 12" (2011) and the "Watercolor" magazine (2005). She has taught watercolor and colored pencil classes as adjunct faculty for several colleges as well as workshops in the Portland area.  Her artwork can be seen at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Watercolors: Bring the watercolor paints you already own (for testing and to learn how to mix a wide range of color with the paints you already have!)

• Watercolors for class exercises: Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Permanent Rose, Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red or Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre, Winsor Yellow or any bright yellow. (Patricia mostly uses Winsor Newton & Daniel Smith brands. Bring the brands you already 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, buy new fluid. Do not buy Permanent Masking Fluid since it won't rub off - check labels.)

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

• Palette and large mixing surface (OR a butcher tray OR white plastic disposable plates)

• 2 water containers

• Watercolor brushes: ½” flat and rounds

• Paper towels and facial tissues (avoid “ultra-soft” tissue because of lotion; doesn’t work with watercolor)

• Masking tape and toilet paper roll (to wrap with paper towel to control water) OR sponge OR old hand towel

• Fine-point black “Sharpie” marker pen

• Pencil

• White plastic eraser

• “The Master’s” Brush Cleaner

• Q-tips,

• Jar of Vaseline

• Old toothbrush

• Toothpicks

Materials List Provided by Instructor(s)

• Prepared watercolor paper for color wheels

• Charts

• Class exercises

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