Painting Like Gustav Klimt workshop AND Wire Drawing Workshop
Location:  Grand Videre   Clubhouse, Janesville, WI
Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dates:  July 6 - 8, 2016
Cost: $250, Please mail registration and check before May 15 Mail to: Linda Davis 5317 N, Pond View Court, Janesville, WI 53548
Carole Cullen
608 774 0388
Linda Davis 608 756 9555, 

Karen Knutson will teach her approach to painting like Gustav Klimt, using acrylic paints.  Creating paintings that include tricks on how to produce tiny shapes like those in Klimt’s paintings. Students will doodle to their heart’s content in this workshop. Intermediate students will have no trouble with the drawing, etc. because Karen has some easy painting  tips. Several different types of metallic special effects will be shown and they will be studying Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Design tips will also be shared. Finishing touches are such fun! One day, Wire drawing will be shown.  This is a process where the students draw, using a permanent marker.  The reason that it is called “wire drawing” is that the end result resembles a wire sculpture.  This is Karen’s favorite technique ever!  It makes everyone a better drawer and is so meditative at the same time.  These 2 workshops are Karen’s most popular workshops! 


Day One will be used to prepare 2 papers for the Klimt process.  We also will learn the art of “wire drawing” on this day. Subject is

student’s choice.  I’ve done wire drawings of birds, people, and animals.   Days 2 and 3, students will learn how to paint the “Klimt” way, utilizing rubber shaper tools, credit cards to pull paint across the surface, adding water to create texture, scraping into the paint to create scratch marks, stamping with homemade stamps or purchased stamps, and layering with different colors to create depth.  Karen will also be discussing good design and share some great composition tricks. If students want to add collage on the third day, that is optional.  


“I give demonstrations both in the morning and the afternoon.  The afternoon demo is shorter than the morning one.  I will give individual attention all throughout the day.  This workshop is a great introduction to acrylics if you have never used them before.  It’s my most popular workshop!   I love the vibrancy of color when I use acrylics.” 

Supply List

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Instructor:  Karen Knutson      Contact:

(on Days 2 and 3, we will be working in acrylics.  Please just get the colors listed in red, if you are new to acrylics.  I don’t want you to have to spend too much money. )  **There are 2 pages for this supply list, so be sure to print off both pages!

  1. Acrylics:  My favorite colors are

    • 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.  If you are investing in acrylics for the first time, my advice is to get white, black, cobalt blue, pyrole red, quinacridone magenta, and hansa yellow in tubes.  Then go to Michaels and get whatever little bottled acrylics that you like.  They are really cheap and will be fun to play around with.  I enjoy the turquoise or teal colored little bottles at Michaels.

  1. Brushes.  I use mainly watercolor or acrylic brushes for my acrylic paintings, but I don’t use those same brushes on my watercolors.  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 cold press 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.) Bring a board for support. (I usually cover it with plastic.) We’ll be working on a quarter sheet size (11”x 15”)

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

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

  5. Cotton balls and Q-tips

  6. Rubber brayer (optional)

  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.)  You may also empty out a bottle of Chloraseptic Spray (usually for sore throats), that you get at the drug store.  That bottle has a great mist for spraying also.

  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.  Bring colored tissue paper also.  Bring your favorite collage papers.  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. Camera (optional)

  16. Notebook, pencil, and eraser

  17. Any gold or metallic acrylic paints that you already have.  Again, I have some to share with you.

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

  19. Clear small ruler (mine is 18”)

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

  21. Gold Deco Foil and/or copper Deco foil --I will have a small scrap for you to try, or you can buy your own at

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

  23. Old magazines or newspapers to use in collage.  (My favorite is Architectural Digest.)

  24. Reference photos.  ( I use W magazine or InStyle magazine) Enlarge the photo that you want to use to fit a quarter sheet paper.  (I like the people to be about 9 or 9 ½ inches tall.)  I also look through People magazine for loving couples.

  25. Optional:  Glue gun

  26. Bag Lunch  

*** A note about all the extra golds, etc.:  I don’t like students to have to spend lots of money on items before my workshop.  I will have extra of most items so that you can try them out before you decide to buy more.  Please call me if you have any questions:  Home phone:  952-934-0876      Cell:  612-940-9231


For Day 1, you will just need your usual watercolor supplies listed below:


  1. Watercolor Palette filled with your usual watercolors.  I’m used to working with paint that has dried in the palette for at least 2 days, but if you prefer working with fresh paint, you may do so.

My palette consists of , new gamboge, quinacridone gold, opera pink, French Ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, manganese blue, scarlet lake, burnt sienna.The most important ones are the first seven, listed in red, so just bring your usual palette otherwise.

  1. ½ sheet Arches 140 pound cold press paper and something to use for support. (Use either gator board or I prefer a plywood board.  Foam core works too!) We will be working on quarter sheet sized papers, but you may want to wait until class to divide your paper. (If you are a fast painter, bring additional paper.)  It’s important to use Arches paper!!!!!

  2. Pencil and eraser

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

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

  7. Masking tape (¾” and/or 1 ½”) (The brand I use is Duck or Manco, purchased at Fleet Farm or Wal-Mart.)

  8. Ruler  and compass (if you like making circles)

  9. Kleenex brand tissues

  10. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

  11.  Margarita salt or table salt (optional)

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

  13. Tracing paper

  14. Graphite paper (I made my own with a graphite pencil and tracing paper)

  15. Blow dryer (optional)

  16. Sharpie or Faber Castell permanent markers.  You will need Ultrafine and fine size nibs.  I love the Sharpie twin tip markers, because it’s 2 in one!  Sharpies are not archival, whereas Faber Castel markers are archival, so pick your favorite.

  17.  (Optional)  For detail:  Tombow markers, sharpie permanent markers, crayons, colored pencils.  I sometimes use these, but not always, so don’t bring these unless you already own them, OK?  I will share mine.

  18. 4 or 5 clear sheet protectors to keep your handouts from getting wet.

  19. Chocolates for the teacher.  (just kidding!)