Hi! It might be cold and rainy in my neck of the woods, but NOT here inside my studio! Here we have imaginary flowers!
In this 8-lesson class we will create 8-10 flower paintings, working with watercolors, chalk markers, Swedish Tracing Paper collage, kneaded rubber eraser stamping, stenciling, white ink, matte media, charcoal, and pencil on watercolor paper.
This follow-up/companion class of one of my first online classes, “Flower Crazy.” (See “Flower Crazy Mini.”)
Lesson 1 – Experimenting with watercolor scraping and pen and ink (line quality).
Lesson 2 – Experimenting with watercolor mark-making; create an all-over flower pattern.
Lesson 3 – Kneaded rubber eraser stamping; work on three paintings combining the four techniques of Week 1.
Lesson 4 – Creating collage flowers using Swedish Tracing Paper.
Lesson 5 – Stenciling technique (to bring together the tough ones); shading and highlighting tips.
Lesson 6 – Flower building exercise; start two larger paintings with wet-on-wet watercolor technique.
Lesson 7 – Collage and watercolor layering
Lesson 8 – Final Touches
Note: These are the supplies that will be demoed in the class videos, but you are welcome to substitute any supplies with those you already have on hand.
- Watercolor paper, about two 22″x30″ sheets, 140# hot press (smooth)
- #12 round brush, 1/2″ flat brush (or similar)
- Watercolor set (pan or tube)
- Pilot Parallel Pen (3.8)
- Large Chalk markers, 2-3 colors (can substitute paint pens)
- White paint pen
- Swedish Tracing Paper (see below for ordering info; this item can be substituted with rice paper or tissue paper as well, though the effects won’t be quite the same)
- Kneaded rubber eraser (large)
- Stamp pads, several colors
- Matte medium
- One sheet card stock (heavy computer paper), tape
- Vine charcoal
- White acrylic ink (white nail polish works, too)
- Blue painter’s tape
- A selection of items to make marks with: old credit card, sticks, straws, plastic knives, etc.
- A selection of items found in your house to make textures with: shells, flatware, beads, etc.
- Optional: spray fixative
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.