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Painting like Gustav Klimt, using acrylic AND Funky Ladies in watercolor
Location: Cross Lake, MN
Dates: September 26- 28, 2016
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Contact:  Barb Neihart
     Ceceile Burgwald

On Day 1, we will learn an easy way to draw a funky lady.  No portrait painting here!  This is one of Karen Knutson’s most popular workshops.  Imagination is key!  No reference photos needed.  Students will learn a step by step drawing process, and the kookier the better!  We like imperfections!  After completing the easy drawing, we will paint with watercolors, doodle with markers, and then embellish them with rhinestones.  Karen believes that painting should be fun, and gives lots of individual help.   


On days 2 and 3, we will learn an easy fun way to paint an underpainting, using acrylics.  No drawing skills needed.  Karen has lots of tricks to make drawing people easy.  We will get to doodle to our heart’s content in this workshop.  Acrylic actually makes this process so fun and easy. Craft acrylic paints (available at Michaels) can be used for this process, so this will be an introduction into acrylics that won’t break the bank.  This workshop will emphasize good design and lots of tricks to make the detail work easier.  We actually paint using a credit card to begin the process!  Students always LOVE this process! 

Supply List

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Supply list for Day 1 (Funky Ladies)


1.  Quarter sheet 140 pound cold press watercolor paper.  We will be dividing that up. (if you are a fast worker, bring a half sheet)

2.  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, and scarlet lake.

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

4.   #2 Pencil, eraser

5.   Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes.  

6.   Scissors and ruler

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

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

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

10.  Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

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

12.  Blow dryer (optional)

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

14.  Any bling items that you’d like to embellish necklaces for your Funky Ladies.  I like clear ones that look like diamonds and I usually get self-stick ones.  (available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn Fabrics).   I use buttons, grommets, brads, fake diamonds and pretty bling, bling stones. You will need a glue if they are not self-stick.

15.  Chocolates for the teacher :)

16.  Bag lunch 



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

1.      Caran d Ache watersoluble crayons

2.      Hot Glue gun , if you already own one.

3.      Colored markers

4.      Elegant Writer calligraphy pen (it smears when you get it wet.) I buy mine at Michaels.

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

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


If you have questions about the supplies, my email is:



Supply list for "Painting like Gustav Klimt in Acrylics"

  1. Acrylics:  Get small bottles of liquid acrylic at your favorite craft store.  (Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics).  You will need red, orange, yellow, aqua or teal, cobalt blue, and carbon black. Get any other favorite colors.  They are inexpensive.

Heavy body acrylics in tubes, get titanium white and Carbon black. If this is your first time painting in acrylics, this should do fine.


People ask so these are my favorite colors:


  • Nickel Azo Yellow

  • Titanium White and/or gesso

  • Carbon Black

  • Acra Magenta or Quinacridone Magenta

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Pyrrole Red

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Phthalo Blue (Red Shade)

  • Cerulean Blue Chromium

  • Hansa Yellow Medium


I use both heavy body acrylics (in tubes) and liquid acrylics (in bottles).  Just bring whatever you already have.

  1. Brushes.  If you already have oil painting brushes or acrylic brushes, bring those.  I use mainly 3 brushes:  1” flat, ½” flat, and #6 round.  Otherwise, I use a big 2 or 3” cheap brush for preparing the paper at the beginning. 

  2. One sheet Strathmore Aquarius watercolor 80 lb. paper.  (I have enough for everyone to buy one from me, if you’d rather not get it from the art supply store. I order mine from Cheap Joes catalog.) Bring a board for support. (I usually cover it with plastic.) We’ll be working on quarter sheet sizes. 

  3. Plastic sheeting for covering your table.

  4. Wax paper for your palette or you can buy a disposable palette at the art store. 

  5. One bottle of Rubbing Alcohol (make sure it is 91% isopropyl alcohol, available at Walgreens)

  6. Jumbo Cotton balls and Q-tips

  7. Water container (I use big Parkay tubs.  Some people use big ice cream buckets)

  8. Windex bottle (push button top) for spraying water.  Empty Windex out and put water in the bottle.  (You can usually find these at Holiday Gas Stations or convenience stores.) 

  9. Paper towels and/or Kleenex

  10. Any special effects tools that you already have.  For instance, rubber stamps, or stamps that you have carved yourself. We will be stamping with very small rubber stamps, so if you have any circles or square rubber stamps, bring those. I have lots to share.

  11. Collage is OPTIONAL:  Repetitive or tiny designed papers to use for collage.  Napkins work great for collage also.  (think of checks or spots for the repetitive designs)

  12. Acrylic matte medium and (an old brush for applying it.  I use a 2” cheap brush.)

  13. White chalk or white Charcoal white pencil

  14. Wear layers, since sometimes it gets too hot for some or too cool for others.  Also, bring a protective apron, or wear old clothes.  Acrylic is hard to get out of clothing.

  15. Tracing paper and graphite paper

  16. Camera (optional)

  17. Notebook, pencil, and eraser

  18. Scissors and/or exacto knife

  19. Ruler (mine is 18”) ( I like the clear ones, but any will do.)

  20. Pebeo gold Porcelaine outliner paint (in tube)  I got mine through the Cheap Joes catalog. 

  21. Any markers that you would like to embellish your paintings with.  I use gold, black and white mainly for the finishing touches.

  22. Reference photos.  ( I use W magazine or In Style magazine) Enlarge the photo that you want to use to fit a quarter sheet paper.  (I like the people to be about 11 or 12 inches tall.)  I also look through People magazine for loving couples.

  23. Lunch (we usually have a 45 minute break for lunch)

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