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 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
Each student must register individually. Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made. Students may enroll 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 (M-F, 9-5).
The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. 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 30 day 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.