Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Dates: October 28th - 29th
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $200*
Karen Knutson

Watercolor and collage

The first day, we will learn an easy way to draw a funky lady. No portrait painting here! These funky lady paintings are about 7” x 11”. They are so much fun! This workshop will expand your imagination, and these paintings often get turned into great cards! The second day, we will paint Little Abbeys, my nickname for little abstracts. These are watercolor and collage, ending with gold marker embellishments.

* Checks should be made out to Karen Knutson, and sent to 8621 Coachman's Lane, Eden Prairie, MN to reserve your spot in this workshop.

Karen's Home Studio

8621 Coachman's Lane

Eden Prairie, MN  55347

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  • 2 quarter sheets (about 11” x 14”) Arches 140 lb. watercolor paper. (Bring more if you are a fast painter)

  • Bring your watercolor palette filled with your usual colors, making sure that you let them dry in the palette for one or two days. (The reason for this, is that I double load colors and if they are fresh out of the tube, you won’t be able to do this procedure. However, if you are used to using fresh watercolors, you may do that.) Because everyone always asks, my palette is as follows. I use mainly transparent colors. (Please do not feel that you must go out and buy these colors. The most important 5 colors are listed first.)

    • Aureolin yellow, permanent rose (or DaVinci red rose deep), cobalt blue, winsor green, alizarin crimson, antwerp blue, French ultramarine blue, manganese blue, cerulean blue, quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, permanent magenta, winsor red, neutral tint, and scarlet lake.

  • Watercolor brushes (bring your favorites) I use 1” flat and ½ “flat, and a small (#6) round brush.

  • #2 Pencil, eraser

  • Graphite paper (Saral is my favorite brand) and tracing paper.

  • Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes. (My favorite sketch book is 6” x 6” and is Canson brand. Available at Dick Blick. But bring whatever you have.)

  • Ruler, Scissors

  • Water containers (old Cool Whip containers work great) bring 2.

  • Masking tape. My favorite is Manco brand or Duck brand, which can be purchased at Fleet Farm or Walmart.

  • Kleenex brand tissues (because they pop up for easy grabbing) AND/OR paper towels

  • Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

  • Spray bottle (I use a push button top, old Windex bottle. You can usually get these at Holiday gas stations.)

  • Blow dryer (optional)

  • Collage papers. Regular tissue paper (that you wrap gifts with) , old magazines, and napkins work great for this process.

  • Bring one package of napkins that have repetitive shapes on them. (for instance, black and white checks, or polka dots that are in high contrast.) I use card stock papers for this collage purposes too. We will have a napkin exchange.

  • Acrylic matte medium or YES paste (to use for gluing the collage pieces)

  • Permanent Sharpie ultrathin black marker and fine black permanent marker.

  • Any bling items that you’d like to embellish your journals and necklaces for your Funky Ladies. I like clear ones that look like diamonds. I use buttons, grommets, brads, fake diamonds and pretty bling, bling stones. (get these at Micheals or JoAnne Fabrics)

  • ATG tape, or double stick tape. Get the ones that are in small dispensers that are available at Michaels

  • Gold Deco Foil and/or copper Deco foil. You can buy this at www.scrapbook.com

  • Bag lunch

  • No reference photos necessary. We will be making up our funky ladies! ￿


Optional items: (all of the items below are OPTIONAL and not needed for the actual projects)

  • Derwent watercolor pencil (my favorite is graphite or neutral tint)

  • Caran d Ache watersoluble crayons

  • Hot Glue gun , if you already own one. (I will be sharing two of mine.)

  • Colored markers. I use these for doing quick sketches of my journals before I start. (I’ll have others for you to borrow, if you prefer.) My favorite brand is Tombow, but I also like Prismacolors.

  • Pebeo Porcelaine Gold paint tube

  • Camera (optional) If you want to take photos of my demonstration in progress, that’s OK with me.

  • White permanent marker or gold markers also come in handy if you have them already.