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Location: The Villages, Florida
Dates: March 11 - 14, 2019
Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Beverly Hennessy
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The first 2 days of this workshop will be 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.  


The last 2 days will be in acrylic, using the popular technique of painting like Gustav Klimt, but this time, we will be doing animals.  Students get to  choose whatever animal they would like, and we will be painting them with lots of tiny shapes and colors to create a feeling like Gustav Klimt got in his exciting work.  Wire drawing will complete these paintings.  That’s the process of using a permanent marker that creates an image that resembles a wire sculpture.  This is Karen’s favorite technique ever!  Life changing!  

Supply List for Loose Watercolor Florals
  1. 1/2 or 1 full sheet Arches 140 lb. cold press paper, depending on how fast you paint.  We will divide this in class.  We will be working on paintings that are size 11” x 15”, so bring a foam core board or other support for attaching paper to.

  2. #2  Pencil, eraser 

  3. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes. 

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

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

  6. Masking tape. 

  7. Ruler 

  8. Derwent Inktense charcoal grey watercolor pencil or another neutral colored watercolor pencil.

  9. Masking fluid (optional).  I use Pebeo brand, because of its fluidity and that it is grey in color.  (You can get it on the Cheap Joe’s website.)

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

  11. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes. 

  12. Margarita salt or table salt 

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

  14. Blow dryer (optional) 

  15. Bring your palette filled with your usual colors.  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. 

  16. Gauze (optional)

  17. Reference photos.  I will be painting sunflowers and magnolias.  You may paint whatever flower you wish. 

  18. One or 2 rolls of toilet paper.  Any brand.  (yes, you read this correctly! :)


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

Supply list for Painting Animals like Gusav Klimt (acrylic)

Painting Animals like Gustav Klimt

1. Acrylics: The 3 heavy body acrylics (in tubes) that you will need are Hansa Yellow medium and Titanium White and Carbon Black. Then bring whatever acrylics you already have.

2. The other acrylics are liquid acrylics. If you are investing in acrylics for the first time, my advice is to get liquid acrylics: cobalt blue, pyrole red, quinacridone magenta, and hansa yellow. Then go to Michaels and get whatever little bottled acrylics that you like(Craftsmart and Americana are the brand names.) They are really cheap and will be fun to play around with. I enjoy the turquoise colored little bottles. My favorite brand is Golden and my favorite colors are:


▪ Nickel Azo Yellow

▪ Titanium White and/or gesso

▪ Carbon Black

▪ Acra Magenta or Quinacridone


▪ Cobalt Blue

▪ Pyrrole Red

▪ Yellow Ochre

▪ thalo Blue (Red Shade) ▪ Cerulean Blue Chromium ▪ Hansa Yellow Medium

2. Brushes. If you already have oil painting brushes or acrylic brushes, bring those. I use mainly 3 brushes: 1” flat, 1⁄2” 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 watercolor 80 lb. paper. (I have enough for everyone to buy one from me, if you’d rather not get it from the art supply store.) Bring a quarter sheet sized board for support. (I usually cover it with plastic.) We’ll be working on quarter sheet sizes (size 11” x 15”)

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

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

6. Jumbo Cottonballs andQ-tips

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

8. 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.)

9. Paper towels and/or Kleenex

10. Any special effects tools that you already have. For instance, rubber stamps, or stamps that you

have carved yourself.

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

12. White chalk or white Charcoal white pencil or Caran d’Ache crayons for initial drawing.

13. 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.

14. Tracing paper and carbon paper

16. Notebook, pencil, and eraser

17. Scissors and/or exacto knife

18. Black permanent markers (fine and ultra fine tips). I prefer Sharpie Twin Top black markers.

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

20. Clear small ruler (mine is 18”)

21. Pebeo gold Porcelaine outliner paint (in tube) I got mine through the Cheap Joes catalog.

23. Any markers that you would like to embellish your paintings with. I use gold, black and white mainly

for the finishing touches.

24. Old magazines to use for color samples.

25. Reference photos. We will be doing animals. I’ve done cats and giraffes in this method, but you can pick your own favorite. Please have your subject expanded to about 12 “ tall.

26. Optional: Molotow Acrylic markers- Neon Colors, Sets of 6 — These sets include one each of Neon

Green Fluorescent, Neon Orange Fluorescent, Neon Pink Fluorescent, Neon Yellow Fluorescent, Signal Black, and Signal White. I use the 2 acrylic-markers/

27. Optional: Caran d’Ache neocolor II water- soluble crayons. Bring your favorite colors. (I use neon lilac, lime green, bright orange, and bright sky blue.)  

28. Lunch (we usually have a 45 minute break for lunch)

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