Being a teacher I want to share my painting knowledge and expertise. I firmly believe that everyone is creative and everyone has the ability to improve their painting skills. To me painting is relaxing, fun, enjoyable, yet also challenging and sometimes frustrating! It’s a journey of discovery that never ends. I will share with you some practical advice and give you some ideas to help you on your own creative journey.
- Paper: Watercolour paper is essential in order to cope with the amount of water you will use. Heavyweight practice paper is more economical to buy to get started, for example Bockingford or Daler Rowney, however Saunders and Waterford is my favourite. I use 300gsm watercolour paper. Rough paper is more textured and allows for specks of white to remain. Not paper is finer and smoother in texture, and is better suited for more detailed work such as botanical studies. Stretching paper is advisable. This enables you to use lots of water without the paper buckling and forming pools where you don’t want them.
- Colour: The paints I tend to use are Winsor and Newton professional watercolour tubes. These are expensive but you pay for quality pigments. I also use Brusho, which are super strong pigment powders. These are inexpensive and really fun to use if you enjoy creating spontaneous, lively artwork. Indian ink is another water compatible medium. I use this in my work too and it has the benefit of being waterfast once dry.
- Accessories: Masking fluid is a favourite of mine, along with white wax crayons. These both allow you to block out areas that you wish to keep white. A simple spray water bottle is useful for speckling the paper with water.
- Brushes: I use Pro Arte and SAA brushes. I have a selection of large and small brushes including round, flat, dagger and rigger brushes.
- Suppliers: I use the SAA shop for most of my equipment including brushes, paint and paper.
My workshops are currently postponed, however I am really looking forward to the time when I can hold workshops and teach people some simple yet effective painting skills.
- Pebble Workshop
Experiment with watercolours and mediums to create a striking pebble painting. Learn how to use masking fluid, wax and salt as well as metallic paint powder. Spend 2 and a half hours building up your skills and completing your finished masterpiece which we fill frame during the session. £45 per person including all equipment, tea, coffee and cake.
- Birchwood Workshop
Learn to use a variety of watercolour techniques to create your own atmospheric woodland scene. Find out how to use masking fluid and silver leaf to create exciting effects. Spend 2 and a half hours building up your skills and completing your finished masterpiece which we will frame during the session. £45 per person including all equipment, coffee and cake.