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Location: Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919 
Hours: 9:30 - 5:00
Dates: Feb. 22- 24, 2018
Cost: ---$280/ members

Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts


If you are hesitant to paint in acrylics, and want to explore more mediums, this is the workshop for you!  Students will create paintings that are influenced by the great Gustav Klimt.  (Students can use small inexpensive liquid acrylics, available at Michaels Craft Store, so it won’t be a big investment if they are new to acrylics.) Karen will be demonstrating people, but students can pick their own subject.  We will actually be scraping on the color, using a credit card!  Amazing colors and forms are created in this method. Adding gold will add to the fun!  As a bonus, Karen will teach the art of wire drawing, (drawing with a permanent marker that looks like a wire sculpture) will not only loosen you up, but it will improve your drawing skills at the same time!  Win/Win!!!  This is Karen’s favorite new technique that she has ever learned!  It has to be seen to be understood. Come ready to explore new techniques and take your paintings to the next level! Karen Knutson is a popular workshop instructor who believes that painting should be fun as well as productive.  Check out her website, and blog,

Supply List

Supply list for "Painting like Gustav Klimt":


For this exercise, we will be using mainly liquid acrylics.  These are my favorites, but you can bring any assortment of red, blue, yellow that you wish. 

  1. Acrylics:  For this process, I use mostly 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 any blue, red, magenta, and yellow in the small bottles at Michaels Craft Store.  You will also need carbon black.  Pick up your favorite colors.  They are really cheap (Craftsmart and Americana brands) and will be fun to play around with.  I really enjoy the turquoise or teal colored little bottles at Michaels.  I also 2 heavy body paint (in the tubes) titantium white and hansa yellow medium (Or any other yellow that you can find.)  *Because everyone asks, my favorite Golden brand colors are listed here, but you don’t have to buy these:  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, Raw Umber.

  2. 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. 

  3. One sheet Strathmore Aquarius II (500 series) cold press 80 lb. paper.  (Yes, it has to be this brand and yes, I have enough for everyone to buy one from me.  I buy mine through Cheap Joes Catalog.  Bring small board for support. (I usually cover it with plastic.) We’ll be working on a quarter sheet size (11”x 15”)

  4. Quarter sheet (11" x 15")  140 pound cold press paper and a board to use for support.  (this will be for the wire drawing exercise, so any paper will do.)

  5. Acrylic Matte Medium and old brush (for applying it) .  I use a 2" old brush. 

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

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

  8. Face mask if you are sensitive to the smell of rubbing alcohol.  ( I usually bring a few of these)

  9. Jumbo Cotton balls and Q-tips

  10. Tracing paper

  11. Graphite paper

  12. Clear small ruler (mine is 18”)

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

  14. 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.

  15. One full roll of Paper towels and/or Kleenex

  16. (Optional) rubber brayer, if you already own one. 

  17. 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.

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

  19. White chalk or white Charcoal white pencil.  I also use Caran de Ache crayons (light blue and orange colors), available at Dick Blick.  (optional)

  20. 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.

  21. Notebook, pencil, and eraser

  22. Plastic Sleeves to protect handouts. (size 8 1/2"  x 11")​

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

  24. ATG tape, or double stick tape.  Get the ones that are in small dispensers in the card stock paper section at Michaels Craft Store.

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

  26. Reference photos.  ( I use W magazine or In Style magazine) Enlarge the photo that you want to use to fit a quarter sheet paper.  (I like the people to be about 12 inches tall.)  I also look through People magazine for loving couples.

  27. Optional;  Camera (for taking photos of my demo in progress)

  28. (Optional) Pebeo gold Porcelaine outliner paint (in tube) I got mine through the Cheap Joes catalog. (This was meant for painting on glass originally.) 

  29. (Optional)Rubber brayer

  30. Optional: Gold Deco Foil and/or copper Deco foil --you can buy at or get Gold Reactive Foil at Hobby Lobby. I use the 12 inch roll.

  31. Optional:  Glue gun

  32. 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


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