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Gualala Arts Workshop
Watercolor Tips & Techniques
Instructor: Bruce Jones

April 10, 2007
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Watercolor Tips and Techniques, with Bruce Jones
Register by:   March 28, 2007
Tuition:   $45 members; $55 non-members
Class size:   minimum 3; maximum 12

Watercolor students have convinced Bruce Jones to share his practical knowledge of watercolor painting. This is a workshop of basic information plus extra tips and techniques to get that special look you want.

Course Outline:

  • How to plan watercolors: wet-on-wet to dry brushing, background to foreground, etc.
  • Discussion of things you can do with watercolor that you can't do so easily with pastel or oil.
  • Discussion of getting the degree of abstraction you want.
  • Selecting paper (manufacturer, weight, hot or cold press) and alternatives for attaching it, and whether to use an easel or not.
  • Use of chemical tricks like salt and alcohol, plus exacto knives and sandpaper.
  • Wet on wet and dry brushing techniques.
  • Use of ink, watercolor pencil, and pastel over watercolor.
  • Use of scrub brushes for lifting color, developing textures and softening hard lines.
  • Ways of dealing with drying time.
  • Mixing for special purposes: greens, grays, darks, skin colors.
  • Good/bad times to use staining and sedimentary colors.
  • Some ways to go about painting convincing rocks and water.
  • Tricks for showing distance.