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Dates: January  15 and 16, 2017
Location: Sedona, AZ
Dates:   January 15 & 16, 2018
Hours:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost:  Members:  $175,
           Non-members:  $210

Nancy Boulais


Phone:   928-282-0792

***Students may sign up for either of these Sedona workshops OR both of them. Each workshop is 2 days and completely separate from the other one.

This workshop shows students how to make a charcoal pour, and then add any bird as the center of interest after the beginning process has dried.  This process is so fun!  We actually will be throwing a bucket of water on the charcoal powdered surface.  (Outside, of course!)  Then we will paint the subject, using watercolor, and adding collage, creating a textural masterpiece!  Karen will demonstrate a crow, but students may pick whatever subject they prefer (white birds don’t work well for this). Karen believes that painting should be fun, and gives lots of individual help. 

Supply List

Supply list:

  1.  1 sheet 140 pound cold press paper and a board to use for support. (We will probably be working on 2 quarter sheets.  Use either gator board or I prefer a plywood board for support.)  Or watercolor blocks work well also. 

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

  5. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

  6. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes.

  7. #2  Pencil, eraser

  8. Scissors and/or utility knife

  9. white chalk  or white charcoal pencil

  10. Big Bucket (I use either the big ice cream buckets OR kid’s sand box plastic pails).  This is in addition to your other water containers.

  11. Acrylic matte medium OR “Yes” paste is used for adhesive (with an old brush) to apply the collage materials. 

  12. Bring a plastic container with a lid for storing the acrylic matte medium that I will be sharing with you.   (I use small butter containers or sour cream plastic containers.)

  13. Masking tape (I prefer Duck brand tape, because it sticks well.  Get at Walmart or Fleet Farm.)

  14. Ruler

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

  16. Margarita salt or table salt

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

  18. Blow dryer (optional)

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

  20. Bring one package of napkins that have repetitive shapes (ie., checks or diamonds).  We’ll have a napkin exchange.  These will give you ideas for negative painting later.  (Also, bring old newspapers to use for collage)

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

  22. Tracing paper

  23. Graphite paper (a great brand is Saral, graphite color)

  24. We will be using a few acrylics for finishing touches, so bring Titanium white, Carbon black acrylic for sure.  You can buy really cheap liquid acrylics for a dollar each at Michaels.

  25. Permanent fine and ultrafine black marker ( I prefer the Twin Top Sharpie black markers, available at office supply stores)

  26. Bag lunch

  27. Reference photos of birds, that are enlarged to about size 7” high.  We will be copying these to use for the outside shape.  I will be bringing examples of crows and cardinals.  No reference needed for our people paintings.  J


*Be sure to dress in layers, so you can adjust to your hot flashes.  J  Also, wear old clothing and old shoes. This can be messy.


Karen will bring along these supplies and charge a small fee for the use of them:

  1. Dry Charcoal powder. 

  2. Workable fixative spray

  3. Optional- White Uni-ball pigment ink pen.

  4. Oriental fiber papers, (my favorite are chiri, amime, and unryu papers) and assorted paper napkins.   If you have some collage materials, you may want to bring them.  I will have small kits for sale. 

  5. I will bring extra acrylics in case you need to borrow.  You are to bring black and white.  (0n list above)

  6. (Optional) Caran d Ache crayons

  7. Optional:  markers for detail work.  My favorite markers are Tombow brand.


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

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