Hi! My name is Carla Sonheim. In 2014, I held a year-long online class “Year of the Fairy Tale.” During our year together we drew, painted, and illustrated eight different fairy tales, including “The Frog Princess,” “The Princess & the Pea,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” “The 12 Brothers,” and more!
We had the best year! And by request I’m offering this class again, this time as an 8-week class. Each week you will receive both a drawing/sketchbook assignment and a technique-based, mixed-media project via professionally produced videos (8 weeks = 8 fairy tales)!
If you were part of “Year of the Fairy Tale” and would like to join the fun this summer at no additional cost, please email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com and I will put you on the list!
Week 1 – The Frog Princess
Week 2 – Blondine, Bonne Biche & Beau-Minon
Week 3 – The Princess & the Pea
Week 4 – Little Red Riding Hood
Week 5 – The 12 Brothers
Week 6 – Cinderella
Week 7 – The Magic Horse
Week 8 – The Lily & the Lion
Following is a very general supply list for the Year of the Fairy Tale class. Hopefully you will already have many of the items already, or can easily subsitute with what you have on hand. (Links provided are just for clarification purposes; please don’t feel you need to purchase exactly what’s linked!)
General Supply List for “Year of the Fairy Tale”
Paper: For the mixed-media projects I will demonstrate mostly on my favorite go-to paper, Fabriano Artistico hot-press 140# watercolor paper (the equivalent of 6-8 22″x30″ sheets for the year). You can also use illustration board, cold-press paper (which is rougher), or any other paper you feel comfortable working with that can handle wet media, such as watercolor, acrylics and gel medium. In addition, we’ll explore drawing and painting on different surfaces such as Yupo, vellum paper, and tracing paper.
Sketchbooks: I plan to do the sketchbook assignments two different ways; with small sketchbooks that I carry around in my purse (such as a hand-book 5.5″ x 5.5“), and also some inexpensive paper (either card stock from an office supply store, or newsprint). In the end, just choose a size/brand that you like to work with!
Watercolors: I use a small set of Pelikan watercolors, but any set — pan or tube — will work fine.
Acrylics: I will be demonstrating with Holbein Acryla Gouache, Blickacrylics, and some Golden Fluid paints. (However, I’m not particularly brand specific, so if you already have acrylic paints on hand, use those!)
White Gesso: I prefer Golden, as it’s a little thicker than many other brands.
Mediums: You will need a matte or a gloss medium (“regular” fluidity).
Spray Fixative: I like Krylon low odor, but anything that will “fix” charcoal, pastel or pencil will work.
Brushes: My favorite watercolor brush is a #12 round (any brand). For acrylics, I often use flat brushes in various sizes.
Pencils, Pens, Erasers: I like inexpensive mechanical pencils, ballpoint pens and Sharpies! I also like Microns, black Tombows, and watersoluble markers (any brand, even inexpensive ones). We’ll work with colored pencils (any brand). I mostly use a kneaded rubber eraser.
Pastels: I will demonstrate with two or three colors of PanPastels (you can choose colors you like). If you don’t want to buy PanPastels, any brand of chalk pastels will work fine. We’ll also explore oil pastels; just one or two colors you like is fine.
Charcoal: I like soft vine charcoal.
Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating.
Carla is the author of three instructional art books, including Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun; Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop and The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone. In 2012 she co-authored Creative Photography Lab with her husband, Steve Sonheim. They live in Seattle, WA.