Location: Keetons Office and Art Supply, 817 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Hours: 9:00 - 4:00
Dates: February 25 and 26, 2019
Contact:  keetonsonline.com

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

  1. 1 sheet 140 pound Arches cold press paper and a board to use for support. (We will probably be working on quarter sheets (11” x 15”).  Use either gator board or I prefer a plywood board for support.)  Or watercolor blocks work well also.  I usually like to cut the paper to size each day, because I work on odd sized papers. (If you are a fast worker, bring extra paper.)

  2. #2  Pencil, eraser

  3. Scissors and/or utility knife

  4. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes.

  5. white chalk  or white charcoal pencil

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

  7. Big stiff 2 or 3inch brush. This is the type of brush that you paint your walls with!  This is used to get rough texture. 

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

  9. 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.)

  10. Masking tape 

  11. Ruler

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

  13. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

  14. Margarita salt or table salt

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

  16. Blow dryer (optional)

  17. 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, antwerp blue,  French ultramarine blue, manganese blue, cerulean blue, quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, permanent magenta, winsor red, scarlet lake, and neutral tint.

  18. Tubes of Heavy Body acrylic paints:  Titanium White and Carbon Black

  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).  Cocktail napkins work well, because of the colorful borders.  We’ll have a napkin exchange.  These will give you ideas for negative painting later.  (Also, bring old newspapers to use for collage)

  21. Bring a big bucket if you have one.  (ie.  ice cream bucket size)

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

  23. Tracing paper

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

  25. Bag lunch

  26. Reference photos of birds, that are enlarged to about size 7”-9” high.  We will be copying these to use for the outside shape.  I will be bringing examples of crows and cardinals.  White birds don’t work well for this technique.

  27. Permanent black marker (ultrafine and fine tips)  My favorite is Sharpie Twin Top.


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

  1. Dry Charcoal powder (Generals brand). 

  2. Workable fixative spray

  3. 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 papers to share.

  4.  (Optional) Caran d Ache crayons

  5. Optional:  markers for adding detail.  My favorite markers are Tombow brand.