Last weekend's Celebrating Autumn in Watercolor class was a full class! This is a beginning class in watercolor. Many of the participants hadn't ever done watercolor since they were little. I am so impressed with what everyone was able to create in just a few hours. I talked about how fun watercolor is and that it is not hard like many people are led to believe. You just need to know how watercolor works, and how to get the most out of it. Everyone chose their own leaves to paint. Each table had leaves for visual reference, but I encouraged everyone to just use them for inspiration. It was a very fun group of people and the paintings are amazing for just beginning!
For this watercolor class, I made special palettes that use Daniel Smith PrimaTek paints which are made from minerals such as: amethyst, garnet, turquoise, lapis lazuli and one called "Sedona" which is made from stone from Arizona. Because these paints are made from minerals they all granulate. Granulation is a quality of some watercolor paints where the paint naturally settles into a stipple pattern. Perfect for leaves and other things in nature.
I love this photo- it takes a few seconds to figure out which leaves are painted and which are real!
If you are interested in learning watercolor, consider joining us in Seattle for the Watercolor 1: Testing the Waters class on Saturday, October 27th, 10:00-3:00. No experience necessary! I provide all the supplies so you can try it out and see if you like it before investing in materials. It is an easy and fun class where you get to learn about the many qualities of watercolor and cool ways to work with it. You can get more info and my current class schedule here.
Wherever you are- I wish you a lovely Autumn Day!