"Why not go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." Will Rogers

     Watercolor Tips, Tricks and Techniques
with Nita Leland

Play with techniques and embellish your watercolors beyond the basics. You'll have fun as you practice your watercolor skills and learn about textures, resists, making marks and more. You’ll discover ways to correct mistakes, adjust color and value with glazing, use color temperature, and paint special effects you may not have tried before. There will be lots of painting and daily critiques. You may bring 1-2 paintings for voluntary free private consultations. Nita has taught for more than 40 years and especially enjoys watercolor and mixed watermedia.

Trust me! tricks of the trade watercolor for the terrified

-Brushes: flat 3/4-1" natural hair or blend one-stroke; round #6-8 pointed synthetic brush
-Fluid “Easy Block” 140 lb. acid-free paper, 12” x 16”, 15 sheets (or Arches or Winsor & Newton)
-One 15" x 20" or larger sheet of Crescent 310 illustration board or Bainbridge 80
-1 white watercolor palette—12" or larger, with cover
-2 1-qt. plastic water containers; spray bottle (Windex type)
-paper towels, dull pocket knife, drafting tape
-HB or B drawing pencil; white plastic or kneaded eraser, small natural sponge
-sketch pad for notes and sketches; source sketches or photos for paintings
-hair dryer
-Small quantities needed (you might share with another student): masking fluid, waterproof India ink, Golden Absorbent Ground, white gesso, matte mediuim, Daler-Rowney Pro White
-Artists’ tube watercolors (M. Graham, Holbein, MaimeriBlu, Daniel Smith, or Winsor & Newton)
(1 tube of each listed below—the ASTM color index number should be on the tube.)

-Payne’s Gray, any brand
-Permanent Rose (PV 19) or Quinacridone Magenta (PR 122)
-Winsor Red (PR 254), Cadmium Red Light or Scarlet (PR 108)
-New Gamboge, Indian Yellow (PY 153), or Cadmium Yellow Medium (PY 35)
-Lemon Yellow (not nickel Titanate), Azo Yellow (PY 154) or Hansa Yellow Light (PY 3)
-Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Phthalocyanine or Phthalo Blue (PB 15 or PB 15:3)
-French Ultramarine or Ultramarine Blue (PB 29)
-Burnt Sienna (PR 101 or PBr 7)

What students say about Nita's workshops:
  • "I will be forever grateful for your good method of teaching beginners."
  • "A whole new world has opened up. I'm so excited about working in watercolor."
  • "No other class I've attended has explained the basics in such a clear way."
  • "You created a wonderful atmosphere of acceptance, teaching and encouragement."


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