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Art Journaling  &  Watercolor Sketching

Watercolor Sketching: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Joyful Art Journaling: Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Classes held at Daniel Smith Seattle store

 

Joyful Art Journaling Class

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    Discover how fun it is to create richly layered pages full of your favorite colors, words and images. Learn a wide variety of mixed media and book design techniques. Each week will feature a different technique and journaling prompts. Go home inspired to make more! Every week will offer a different topic.

    No art experience is needed for this class. All levels welcome.

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    Session 1

    Week 1: Art techniques and reflections to inspire your New Year!
    Week 2: Making a journal from scratch
    Week 3: Tin! Cutting down tin containers and using tin to decorate book covers
    Week 4: Chalkboard techniques-lettering and contrast with unusual materials

    Session 2

    Week 1: Building texture in acrylic, palette knife and carving techniques
    Week 2: Celebrating pets & animals- using planes of color to create your animals.
    Week 3: Mixing a variety of lettering styles for a rich design
    Week 4: Word and image maps to tell a story

    Session 3

    Week 1: Photos- techniques for using your digital and printed photos in your journal
    Week 2: Inspiration boards/pages to jump start ideas
    Week 3: Carving your own stamps!
    Session 4

    Week 1: Mixing it up- creating a variety of layouts
    Week 2: Celebrating your favorite destination with mixed media techniques
    Week 3: Painting spring flowers in mixed media
    Week 4: Collage, outlines & imagery for gorgeous, colorful pages

  • You will need

    1. Blank journal or sketchbook with 140lb weight paper for water media (if you don't mind your pages buckling you can use 90lb.)
    2. Your favorite pens. A fine point, permanent black marker for writing plus a few markers in your favorite colors. (My favorites: Sharpie stylus black or PITT pens, Pentel Signo White pen, Molotow paint markers.)
    3. Pencil and eraser
    4. Paint- your choice: acrylic in your favorite colors, tube or fluid acrylics.

    5. A few acrylic paintbrushes. 1" flat and 1 small/medium round (not tiny).
    6. Palette- bring a paper plate and a 12" x 12" piece of wax paper
    7. Magazine with images you like to tear for collage OR even better, print out a bunch of your own photos.
    8. Your favorite glue. Mine is Aleenes Fast Grab Tacky Glue (not sold at Daniel Smith-find at Craft Stores).
    9. Small bottle of gel medium, gloss or matte, your choice
    10. Scissors
    11. Masking tape
    12. Paper towels
    13. Water jars
    14. Water spray bottle
    Optional: art or interesting papers for collaging, craypas, glitter glue.

    Depending on the session/class I may ask you a week ahead of time to bring a few other items.

     

  • Seattle
    Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, Seattle Daniel Smith store

    Session 1: Jan./Feb. – 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7
    Session 2: Feb./March – 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7
    Session 3: March – 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 (3 weeks-no class April 4th)
    Session 4: April/May – 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2

    4 week session – $154
    3 week session in March - $116

    Refunds not available, but you are welcome to sell or gift your class to a friend if you cannot come. Just let me know.

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Watercolor Sketching Class - Seattle

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    Discover how fun it is to mix sketching and watercolor together! Great for traveling, visiting your favorite cafe, or working from your photos at home. We'll break things down into easy steps. I will show you many different approaches to using pen and watercolor. Learn how to use perspective, color, texture, shading and composition to create paintings you love. Class is designed so you can take a single 4 week session, or to be an ongoing class where you can come for weekly inspiration and assistance. Each week focuses on a different aspect or technique of watercolor sketching. Making art can be intimidating- but it is so rewarding and will really bring you joy. I have a very understanding and supportive approach. I never criticize people's work and am very good at guiding you to create the type of art you like. Classes will begin with a demo of the week's topic, followed by painting time for you. This is when I go around to answer individual questions or concerns. Depending on the week there may be a 2nd demo. Homework is not assigned, but if you paint at home and then have questions the following week, I'm happy to answer them. We have a lot of fun in class! All levels are welcome. More experienced artists will find this class a great way to loosen up and be more expressive and playful with their work.

    No art experience is needed for this class. All levels welcome.

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    Session 1, Jan./Feb.

    Week 1: Sketching made easy: breaking down the steps
    Week 2: Making shadows work for you
    Week 3: Capturing water: ocean, waves, rivers and rain
    Week 4: How to make your own watercolor journal

    Session 2, Feb./March

    Week 1: Travel sketching tips & tricks-materials, composition, text and borders
    Week 2: Rendering people: gestures & shapes
    Week 3: Rendering reflective surfaces: glass and water
    Week 4: Secrets to creating engaging compositions

    Session 3, March

    Week 1: Using water soluble pens and watercolor pencils
    Week 2: Painting spring foliage & mixing great greens
    Week 3: Bring your photos: creating interesting compositions

    Session 4, April/May

    Week 1: Painting Spring! Tulips and other early flowers
    Week 2: Focal points--how to create strong focal points
    Week 3: Weathered textures: rocks, wood, rust, and old barns
    Week 4: Sketching your travels: multiple approaches to sketch & capture memories

    Session 5, May

    Week 1: Spice it up: adding variety with other pens and gestural marks
    Week 2: Using unexpected color to capture the mood of your subject
    Week 3: Bring your photos: combining two photos to create a strong composition
    Week 4: Capturing Trees: deciduous & evergreens

  • You will need:
    IF you already have watercolor supplies bring what you have plus: fine point water soluble pen, fine point permanent pen, pencil, and eraser. See sketching kit for my favorite pens.

    KITS available,  go here for a great beginners kit and here for a sketching kit and a more unusual paint selection. These are GREAT prices.

    Click below for a pdf for a general supply list.

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  • Seattle
    Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm, Seattle Daniel Smith store

    Session 1: Jan./Feb. – 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7
    Session 2: Feb./March – 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7
    Session 3: March – 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 (3 weeks only-no class on April 4th)
    Session 4: April/May – 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2

    4 week session – $154
    3 week session in March - $116

    Refunds not available, but you are welcome to sell or gift your class to a friend if you cannot come. Just let me know.

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FREE Events - 2017

January 19th, 1-3pm
Introduction to Altered Books*
Freeland Public Library

February 11th, 10-11:30am
Art Demo: Painting Winter Scenes in Watercolor
Daniel Smith Seattle store

February 11th, 1-2:30pm
Art Demo: Travel Sketching and Journaling
Daniel Smith Seattle store

February 23rd, 1-3pm
Introduction to Watercolor*
Freeland Public Library

March 26th, 2-4pm
Introduction to Altered Books*
Newport Way Public Library

April 1st, 10am-12pm
Making an Altered Children's Book*
Fall City Public Library

April 1st, 1:30-3:30pm
Making an Altered Children's Book*
North Bend Public Library

*Space is limited, contact library to preregister

 

 

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