Painting Mixed Media Landscape s in Abstraction- Dillman's Resort
Location: Lac Du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Dates: June 20 - 23, arriving on the 19th and departing on the 24th.
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $445 is the starting price, depending on how many students sign up.  The cost of the cabin room is $385

In this workshop, we will start out with the latest big craze, gelli printing. This is a monoprinting process that is so easy and fun. It involves using a brayer and turning the paper face side down onto a stenciled surface covered with acrylic. It’s always like Christmas; the excitement of uncovering your paper to see what you have! Then we will turn these handmade papers into a painting on Day 2.

We will be painting like Gustav Klimt on Days 3 and 4, and will get to doodle to our heart’s content. Acrylic actually makes this process easier. This workshop will emphasize good design and lots of tricks to make the detail work easier. We will also be working with several different types of metallic special effects and will be studying Gustav Klimt’s paintings. ­

Day 5 will be painting a little 6” x 6” abstract that will again use some of your gelli printing papers, OR you may choose to just finish the paintings that you’ve been working on all week. So, this is a mixed bag of tricks! Come ready to have a good time! (There will be a small fee for skeleton leaves and printing paper.)

Supply List

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Supply list for Karen Knutson workshop: 


  1. 1 sheet Arches 140 pound watercolor paper, and 1 sheet Strathmore Aquarius 90 pound watercolor paper.  I will bring extra Strathmore paper for you to purchase if you can’t find it.)  (We will complete either 3 or 4 quarter sheet size paintings, depending on how fast you are.)

  2. White chalk OR white charcoal pencil.  

  3. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes.

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

  5. Watercolors:  Bring your 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, neutral tint, antwerp blue,  French ultramarine blue, manganese blue, cerulean blue, quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, permanent magenta, winsor red, and scarlet lake.

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

  7. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brush

  8. Masking tape (Get neutral colors. No blue; it affects your color choices.)

  9. Ruler

  10. Scissors

  11. Permanent black markers, ultra fine and fine (I just use the Sharpie Twin top)

  12. Palette knife (or you can use a plastic knife)

  13. Paper towels and/or Kleenex brand tissues (because they pop up for easy grabbing)

  14. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

  15. Margarita salt or table salt

  16. Wax paper and saran wrap or other plastic wrap.

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

  18. Acrylic brushes (bring your favorites). (The main acrylic brushes that I use are 1 inch flat and #6 round)

  19. Acrylics:  Bring a red, blue, yellow, black and white.  (You will be able to mix any color of the rainbow if you just have these 5.)   Either heavy body paints or liquid paints will work.  My favorite colors are pyrole red, Hansa Yellow medium, Quinacaridone nickel Azo Gold, Cobalt blue, phthalo blue, cobalt turquoise, carbon black, and titanium white.  If you are new to acrylic, I would advise getting the small cheap bottles at Michaels. I am picky about liking carbon black for my black.

  20. An old Parkay or other plastic container for mixing the matte medium that we use.  (I like to have a lid too.)

18.  An old brush- I like a 2” or 3” brush for this. (for applying it the acrylic mediums that will create texture -coarse bristles work best)

19.  You may want to bring newspapers and magazines to use for collage.

  1. I use napkins in collage, so bring whatever napkins that you have that have bright, repetitive designs like checks, and swirls.

  2. Subject material, if preferred, but most of our subject matter is very easy to draw.

  3. Cotton Balls ( I love the jumbo size) and Qtips

  4. Rubbing Alcohol (91 % Isopropyl alcohol)

  5. Big Bucket (for pouring water onto our charcoal powder painting) Ice cream bucket size will work great.

  6. Blow dryer (optional)

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


OPTIONAL ITEMS: (These will be just fun items that will add finishing touches. You don’t need to buy these.)

  1. White (Tulip brand) dimensional fabric paint in (available at Michaels)

  2. Pebeo glass outliner paint (gold) (available through Cheap Joe’s catalog)

  3. Caran d’Ache watercolor crayons and/or Derwent Inktense colored pencils

  4. Gold acrylic paints

  5. Masking fluid (optional) I use Pebeo brand, because of its fluidity and that it is grey in color. 

  6. Stencils that can make neat textures or marks in the molding paste.

  7. Plastic sleeves for preserving the handouts that I give you. (purchase at office supply store)

  8. Compass, if you like making circles.


ITEMS THAT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR YOU FOR A SMALL FEE ($10 each): (Karen will bring these)

  1. (General brand) charcoal powder

  2. Workable fixative

  3. Mediums for the acrylic days:  light molding paste (I like Golden brand) AND Acrylic matte medium

  4. Chiri collage paper

  5. Makeup sponges