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Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dates: January 21 - 23, 2020
Hours: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Set up at 9:15)

You will get to doodle to your heart’s content in this workshop. This workshop will emphasize good design and lots of tricks to make the detail work easier. You will have no trouble with the drawing, and Karen has some easy painting tips. You will also be working with several different types of metallic special effects and will be studying Gustav Klimt’s paintings. Design tips will also be shared. Finishing touches are such fun! This is one of Karen’s most popular workshops.

Supply List
  1. Acrylics:  My favorite colors are:


  • Nickel Azo Yellow

  • Titanium White and/or gesso

  • Carbon Black

  • Quinacridone or acra Magenta

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Pyrrole Red

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Phthalo Blue (Red Shade)

  • Cerulean Blue Chromium

  • Hansa Yellow Medium

  • Raw Umber


For this process, the liquid acrylics work better than the heavy body acrylics, but bring whatever you already have.  If you are investing in acrylics for the first time, my advice is to get liquid acrylics:  white, black, cobalt blue, pyrole red, quinacridone magenta, and hansa yellow.  Then go to the best art supply store near you, and get whatever little bottled acrylics that you like.  They are really cheap and will be fun to play around with.  I enjoy the turquoise small bottled acrylics for the WOW factor.  I use 2 heavy body acrylics:  titanium white and hansa yellow medium. (or any other yellow will do.)

  1. Brushes.  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. (This is basically a barn brush.)

  2. One sheet Strathmore Aquarius II watercolor 80 lb. paper.  Beth will have these available for you to purchase at the workshop site.  Bring a board for support. (I usually cover it with plastic.) We’ll be working on quarter sheet sizes. 

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

  4. Old Credit cards or plastic cards (I save the ones that I use in hotels).  We will be using these to scrape the paint across the surface of the paper.  A really FUN procedure!

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

  6. If you are sensitive to the smell of rubbing alcohol, bring a face mask.  I’ll try to bring extras too.

  7. Jumbo Cotton balls

  8. Q-tips

  9. I will bring mat board cut to small sizes, so we can make our own stamps.  If you have any extra mat board, bring it cut to sizes 4" x 3".

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

  11. 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.) 

  12. Paper towels and/or Kleenex

  13. 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.

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

  15. White chalk, white Charcoal white pencil, OR Caran d’ Ache water soluble crayons (for drawing the image on painted paper)

  16. 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.

  17. Tracing paper and graphite paper

  18. Camera (optional)

  19. Notebook, pencil, and eraser

  20. Scissors and/or an exacto knife

  21. Optional:  Plastic gloves for your hands (I don’t use them.  I’d rather get in there and scratch with my fingernails. Your choice!)  I use a Scotch-Brite heavy duty 3M scour pad for getting the paint off my hands. 

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

  23. ATG tape, or thin double stick tape. ( I get the small double stick tape in the craft section of Michaels.)

  24. Clear small ruler (mine is 18”) 

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

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

  27. Old magazines or newspapers to use in collage.  (My favorite is Architectural Digest.)

  28.  Reference photos.  We will be painting a person.  (One of the days, we won't require any reference at all.  They are very easy to draw.) (I use W magazine or InStyle magazine for picking reference for another day) Enlarge the photo that you want to use to fit a quarter sheet paper.  (I like the people to be about 9 or 9 ½ inches tall.)  W Magazine is available at Barnes and Noble.

  29. Scotch-Brite heavy duty 3M scour pad is useful for getting the paint off our hands. 

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