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Gaylene Fortner
Location: Broadus, MT 
Dates: July 21 and 22, 2020
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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First of all, can I say how excited I am to teach in my hometown?  For those who follow me on Facebook, I was raised on a ranch 15 miles outside Broadus, MT and I am thrilled to be coming home to teach there! 

This workshop will begin with loose florals in watercolor.  Karen is anxious to share her new discovery of creating interesting textures, using a toilet paper roll.  Yes, you heard that correctly!  :)  There will be lessons on composing a floral so that it will have good design and stand out from other florals.  

On the second day, students will learn the art of wire drawing. ( I call it wire drawing, because the end product looks like a wire sculpture.  Wire drawing is done using a permanent marker.)  It will benefit all of your other paintings!   If you struggle with your drawing skills, you will actually do better than the more accomplished artist.  Wrong lines are actually good!  We will add watercolor to these drawings also and learn special effects to create texture.  Students may choose their own subject for this.


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  1. 1/2 sheet Arches 140 lb. cold press paper.  It's IMPORTANT that you bring this brand of paper.  If you are a fast painter, bring more paper. We will divide this in class.  We will be working on 2 paintings that are size 11” x 15”, so bring a small foam core board or other support for attaching paper to.  Karen will have papers available for purchase.

  2. Bring your palette filled with your usual colors.  (I like to fill my palette at least 2 days before the workshop, so they can dry, but that's up to you.)  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, neutral tint, and scarlet lake.  

  3. Reference photos.  I will be painting sunflowers.  You may choose to paint a different flower, but make sure it is light in color.

  4. #2  Pencil, eraser 

  5. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes. 

  6. Tracing paper 

  7. Graphite paper (Saral graphite colored brand is my favorite- available at Dick Blick art supply stores)

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

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

  10. Masking tape. 

  11. Ruler 

  12. Gauze (non-stretch). Karen will bring plenty to share.

  13. One or 2 Rolls of white toilet paper (any brand) 

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

  15. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes. 

  16. Margarita salt or table salt 

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

  18. Blow dryer (optional) 

  19. Twin Tip Sharpie black permanent marker or any black marker (ultra fine and fine tips)

  20. We will be doing a chicken, rooster, or crow together doing wire drawing.  We might have time for another animal, so bring a reference for your choice of animal. 

  21. (Karen will bring Derwent pencils or Elegant writer pens to share with everyone.)

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


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