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Dates:   Sept. 24 - 26, 2018

Location:  Ocean County Artists' Guild

                22 Chestnut Ave

                Island Heights, NJ 08732 

Contact:  Tamara Woronczuk, 732-998-8286, 



Charcoal pouring is such a fun process where we sprinkle charcoal powder on the paper and actually pour a big bucket of water on top to disperse the charcoal powder.  Lots of tricks!!!!  The charcoal pour will be the background for our bird paintings AND our birch tree paintings.  These paintings are meant to be fun loving and free.  Then, watercolor and collage are added to create whimsical bird paintings.  Karen will demonstrate paintings crows or cardinals.  We’ll also learn how to paint a landscape with birches and a rock spill.  There will be fun new ways to establish texture, using collage papers and different surface treatments for special effects.  Karen Knutson is a very popular watercolor instructor who believes that painting should be fun and gives lots of individual help.  She is known for her enthusiastic demonstrations and lessons in good design.  Check out her website:  or her blog,

Supply List

Supply list:  

  1. 1 sheet 140 pound cold press paper and a quarter sheet size board to use for support. (We will probably be working on 3- 4 quarter sheets.  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. 

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

  8. 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.)

  9. Palette knife or plastic disposable knife

  10. Old credit card OR motel key card

  11. Compass, optional- (if you like adding circles to your design)

  12. Sharpie black permanent markers (ultrafine and fine tips).  I like the Twin Top Sharpies, available at office supply stores. 

  13. Ruler 

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

  15. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes. 

  16. (Optional)-  Margarita salt or table salt 

  17. Spray bottle (I use a push button top, old 12 oz. Windex bottle.  You can usually get these at Holiday or other convenience gas stations.)

  18. Blow dryer (optional) 

  19. 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 (blue shade), alizarin crimson, antwerp blue,  French ultramarine blue, manganese blue, cerulean blue, quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, permanent magenta, winsor red, neutral tint, and scarlet lake. 

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

  21. Bring one package of napkins that have repetitive shapes (ie., checks or diamonds, bright colors, etc.).  Cocktail napkins work great, because of their borders.  We’ll have a napkin exchange.  These will give you ideas for negative painting later.  (Also, bring old newspapers to use for collage)

  22. Bring a big bucket if you have one.  (ie.  ice cream bucket size or kids sand bucket)

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

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

  25. Tracing paper 

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

  27. Bag lunch

  28. Reference photos of birds, that are enlarged to about size 7” high and 10 inches wide.  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 birch tree paintings. ☺


*Be sure to dress in layers, so you can adjust to your hot flashes.  ☺  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 (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 small kits for sale.  

  4. We will be using a few acrylics for finishing touches, so bring white, black acrylic for sure.  (I have some other colors of acrylic to share, but for sure bring white and black.) Also, bring a couple of acrylic brushes.

  5. (Optional) Caran d Ache crayons

  6. Optional:  markers for making color sketches.  My favorite markers are Tombow brand.

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