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Painting Like Gustav Klimt- Mixed Media workshop
Location: White Bear Center for the Arts • 4971 Long Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Dates: August 16-18, 2016
Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $360 Member, or $450 Non-member

Tuesday-Thursday, August 16-18

Painting like Gustav Klimt: Acrylic and Mixed Media Workshop
Karen Knutson
We will get to doodle to our heart’s content in this workshop. This workshop will emphasize good design and lots of tricks to make the detail work easier. Intermediate students will have no trouble with the drawing, etc. because Karen has some easy painting tips. We will also be working with several different types of metallic special effects and will be studying Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Design tips will also be shared. Finishing touches are such fun! This is one of Karen’s most popular workshops. The instructor will have some optional materials for sale.


Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, August 16-18, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Tuition: $360 Member/$450 Non-Member
Age/Level: Adults, Intermediate to Advanced Painters

Supply List

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Painting like Gustav Klimt with Good Design (3 Day workshop):

Supply list:  

  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 liquid acrylics:  white, black, cobalt blue, pyrole red, quinacridone magenta, and hansa yellow.  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 colored little bottles.

  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.) Bring a board for support. (I usually cover it with plastic.) We’ll be working on quarter sheet sizes. 

  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. Jumbo Cotton balls and Q-tips

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

  7. 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.) 

  8. Paper towels and/or Kleenex

  9. 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.

  10. 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)

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

  12. White chalk or white Charcoal white pencil

  13. 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.

  14. Tracing paper and graphite paper

  15. Camera (optional)

  16. Old Credit Card or Motel Key card (used for scraping paint)

  17. Notebook, pencil, and eraser

  18. Scissors and/or exacto knife

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

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

  21. Clear small ruler (mine is 18”)

  22. Optional:  Ultra Thick Gold Embossing Powder (optional)  available at Michaels

  23. Optional:  Gold Pigment Ink Pad (make sure that it’s the kind that does NOT dry quickly.)

  24. Hot Air Gun-- bring yours if you have one.  Otherwise, I have 2 to share!

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

  26. Gold Deco Foil and/or copper Deco foil.  You can buy your own at

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

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

  29. 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.

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










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