Online Workshop – Dive Deep into Watercolor



Deep Dive into Watercolor
with Karen Elaine

This 2-day online watercolor retreat is a playful and intuitive exploration in the world of watercolors. Novice or experienced are welcome to participate. You will explore Asian and Western watercolor styles, methods, and materials, and will be creating handmade watercolor journals and custom color palettes. Be prepared to have a lot of fun and enjoy the deep dive into my watercolor realm. Students are encouraged to bring watercolor journals in progress, favorite watercolors, brushes, and tools. See materials list tab for essential and optional materials.

Day 1, AM: The morning session is devoted to exploring watercolors playfully. You will become intimate with watercolors by creating color swatches, learning water control, and making color mixes into whimsical designs.
Day 1, PM: In the afternoon, you will create dramatic watercolor washes and atmospheric backgrounds.
Day 2, AM: You will explore layering, glazing, color lifting, and mark-making techniques to create unique watercolor textures. You will be painting intuitively and playfully.
Day 2, PM: In the final session, you will utilize the exercises from the previous practices to create a watercolor painting using your unique style and subject.

At the end of each day, you will have the opportunity to share your watercolor experience with everyone in a relaxed and nurturing environment.

Note: The instructor will schedule individual follow-up meetings of 15 – 20 minutes with each participant!

Karen Elaine

Karen Elaine

Karen Elaine is an artist, designer and innovator in the art materials industry developing creative products and techniques for over twenty five years. She developed the Art of Kumomi as well as many mixed media, origami and paper crafting techniques. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in California and are in private and public collections. She was a frequent guest on DIY television shows and her work has been featured in art and maker magazines.

Watercolors for mixing: Quinacridone red, Pthalo Blue, and Lemon Yellow (or Aureolin).  Please make sure they are 100% transparent colors.
Silver, or gold metallic watercolors. Daniel Smith has a beautiful collection of Luminescent colors. Pick a couple of your favorites!

Optional colors: Moonglow, French Ultramarine, Rose of Ultramarine, Green Apatite Genuine. (Daniel Smith, Holbein, Schmincke)
Have any watercolors in your collection available so you can experiment!

A variety of watercolor brushes: Silver Black Velvet #10 Round, 3/4″ Oval Wash, 1/2″ Flat Wash, Princeton Neptune #6 Script, Neptune #2 Round, 2″ sheep hair hake brush.

Asian Painting Materials

Liquid Sumi Ink Yasutomo KY2
Rice paper pad Yasutomo 6H pad
Bamboo Brush Yasutomo JB100

Watercolor papers in various sizes:
1 package, 5 x 7 Strathmore
Ready Cut Cold Press 140lb., two or more sheets 12″ x 18″
140 cold press watercolor paper or pad (Canson Moulin Du Roy)

Daniel Smith black watercolor ground

Pigmented pens ( Micron, Multiliner)

White markers (Posca, Molotow, Gelly Roll)

White Dr. Martins opaque ink

1/2″ wide washi tape or masking tape

Spray bottle filled with water

Empty Altoids tin or similar

6 empty half pans (watercolor pans)

double stick tape

If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Karen directly at:

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.