Location: Crosslake, Minnesota
Dates: September 21st - 23rd, 2015
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cecelia Burgwald
Cost: ---

Three Day watercolor, collage, and marker workshop

Barb Neihart

This is my new favorite thing to do:  wire drawings.  They are done with permanent markers, but they look like they are wire sculptures!  That’s why I invented the name, “wire drawings”.  We will have one day of wire drawings, and watercolor paintings and the other days will involve learning how to paint groups of people in an illusionary manner.  You may or may not choose to add collage.  You know me, I will more than likely be adding collage, but you have the option either way. (The painting, “Deep in Thought”, is an example of a “wire drawing” painting.)

Crosslake Community Center

14126 Daggett Pine Rd,

Crosslake, MN 56442

Supply List

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  • 2 quarter sheets Arches 140 pound cold press paper (size 11” x 15”) and a hard surface to use for support. (Use either gator board or I prefer a plywood board.) We will be working on about quarter sheet sizes, but you may want to wait until class to divide your paper.

  • Pencil and eraser

  • Permanent black marker (fine tip and ultra fine tip) (I like the Sharpie Twin Tip, available at Office Depot.)

  • Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes.

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

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

  • Masking fluid (optional) I use Pebeo drawing gum (available through Cheap Joe’s catalog)

  • Masking tape (The brand I use is Duck or Manco, purchased at Fleet Farm or Wal-Mart.) Don’t bring blue masking tape. It affects your color choices.

  • Ruler

  • Old toothbrush

  • Word stencils IF you already have them. Not needed for the process.

  • Kleenex brand tissues (because they pop up for easy grabbing)

  • Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

  • Margarita salt or table salt (optional)

  • Spray bottle (I use a push button top, old Windex bottle).

  • Tracing paper

  • Graphite paper ( my favorite is graphite colored Saral brand, available at Dick Blick Art Supplies)

  • Blow dryer (optional)

  • Bring your palette filled with your usual colors. I prefer transparent colors, especially for these illusionary paintings. Because everyone always asks, my palette is as follows. (Please do not feel that you must go out and buy these colors) They are listed in the order of importance, the first 5 being my main choices.

**Cobalt blue, aureolin yellow, permanent rose, alizarin crimson, and winsor green.

Antwerp blue, quinacridone gold, neutral tint OR paynes grey, scarlet lake, manganese blue or cerulean blue, French ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, permanent magenta, and winsor red. (I prefer Winsor Newton brand, although I use Davinci red rose deep instead of Winsor Newton permanent rose.)

  • Reference photos. For the wire drawing, we will be doing a drawing of a single person or animal. I used to draw birds, but now I’m loving drawing women with long hair, so I can make neat shapes into their hair. People magazine or W magazine have great photos of women in them. Enlarge the photos to at least 9-11 inches tall. If you’d rather use my reference photo for this, you may. For the Illusionary days, you won’t need any reference photos.

  • Collage will be optional: If you like collage, bring a variety of busy patterned napkins and other collage papers.

  • Optional: Acrylic matte medium and an old brush for applying it, IF you plan to use collage in the illusionary paintings.

  • Bag lunch

  • Chocolate for the teacher. Just kidding!

Have questions about supplies? Email Karen at karen@karenknutson.com