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Watercolor Ways; Wet & Workable

Prepare a project that is simple. Or plan to follow the project I prepare and provide you. Bring enlarged photos of 2-3 simple subjects that excite you. If you work only from memory/imagination, sketch out your concept. Bring either good quality 8.5x11" prints of photo(s) or simple thumbnail value sketches. Itís helpful to have a black & white version of the photo(s). Be realistic about what you can paint in 3-4 hours each day. Itís better to get further in the process with painting a simple subject.

Stiffer brushes/hold less water ó and "normal" watercolor brushes. Find a couple stiff, inexpensive brushes at a craft store! Or synthetic brushes suited for acrylic paint with a thin "profile". Examples of brights or angled brights/shaders: Silver Brushís Bristlon (#1902), DaVinciís Impasto (#7105) Raphaelís Textura (#870) or Princetonís Dakota (#6300) series. You will need at least a couple stiff flat brushes Ė1" to 1/2" size. One typical watercolor wash brush. A medium-size synthetic WC brush, not tiny eyelash size! The typical natural sable, squirrel brushes donít work well for this approach Ė they hold TOO much water and canít push full-bodied watercolor paint around. Iíll have a few "loaners" for those who end up with brushes that donít work. And Iíll have my "Magic Brush" for sale at the workshop: $25.

Plastic corrugated board (white). Generally at art stores (large enough to fit well around an 11 x 15" paper sheet). Sign shops, hardware & craft stores often carry it, too. They sometimes call it by other names or donít even know they have it! An acrylic/plexiglass sheet works, too. If you donít have them, bring a plastic trash bag and you can wrap your foamboard or wood board. 16x 23" up to 23x 31".

(Optional) Kitchen cloth (viscose shammy). Can be bought at Trader Joeís (about $4 for 2 pieces that work for 1/4 watercolor paper sheet). Some have found the viscose shammy at the Dollar Store, hardware stores, etc. You can work without this during the workshop, so itís not critical. Iíll have much larger viscose shammies for sale at the workshop: $13.

Good paper. I recommend Arches 140# CP for a reason. It needs to take a beating. Donít try to work with cheap paper Ė it can be very frustrating (it wonít be "you"Ė itíll be the paper). Buy a full sheet & cut/tear into 4 pieces. Other comparable papers; Saunders Waterford, Lana Aquarelle, Richeson "Quiller". (No need for pads or blocks.)

A sheet or two of tracing paper, a sheet or two of sketch paper, graphite drawing pencil or WC pencils.

A good sized cellulose kitchen sponge. Water container of your choice. Any other "fun" tools you desire to try.

Notebook or camera for note taking. Iíll also have my three DVDs for sale that show the Wet & Workable process ($25 each) that can serve as "note taking" after seeing this process.

Palette: Simple white plastic palette with large mixing areas with a cover for transporting. Suggestions: Jones Color Round II, Quiller Travel, Martin Mijello Atellier, Robert E. Wood.

Paint. Bring MOIST paints. This is IMPORTANT. Pre-wet/rehydrate your regular palette colors prior to workshop or bring tubes. If a new student; itís best to have a few "professional-grade" paints than a large set of "student-grade" ones. Youíll get much better results. Minimum; 3 primary colors Ė red, yellow, blue. Next; secondary colors Ė orange, purple, green. Titanium white is helpful for the "Wet & Workable" approach.

(Optional) Colors you might purchase for this approach: American Journey watercolors (Cheap Joeís house brand made by Da Vinci): Titanium White, Coastal Fog, Periwinkle, Skipís Green, Andrewís Turquoise, Nickel Titanate (Da Vinci) or Holbeinís Naples Yellow, Jaune Brilliant #1, Verditer Blue, Terre Verte, Cobalt Violet Light. Bring colors you already have that tend to be opaqueÖ all good quality (moist) paints work. Colors such as Cerulean Blue, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, etc. If you have Titanium White in addition to your standard colors, you can mix about anything else youíll need from that.



 Cloudcroft Art Workshops, LLC
P.O.Box 1202
Cloudcroft, NM 88317