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Judith Egerton

928 Audubon Parkway

Louisville, KY 40213


Cost: ---
Dates: May 15-18, 2017
Location: Louisville, KY
Hours: 9:00 - 4:00

If you are hesitant to paint abstracts, and want to explore more mediums, this is the workshop for you!  Day one:  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. Day 2:  We will also be creating small abstracts using watercolor, collage, and permanent markers.  Days 3 and 4:  Then we will get out the acrylics and 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.  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 Lists

Supply list for Painting Abstract and Wire Drawing (watercolor, collage, and markers) Please note that the optional items are listed at the bottom.  These are not necessary, but if you already have them, bring them.)

  1. A half sheet 140 pound cold press paper (which we will be dividing into smaller pieces) and a board to use for support. (We will probably be working on quarter sheets, so bring a board about that size.  Use either gator board or I prefer a plywood board.)  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. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes.

  4. Tracing paper

  5. Graphite paper

  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. Masking tape. My favorite is Manco brand or Duck brand, which can be purchased at Fleet Farm or Walmart. (Get neutral colors. No blue; it affects your color choices.)

  9. Ruler

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

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

  12. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

  13. Margarita salt or table salt

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

  15. Blow dryer (optional)

  16. 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, neutral tint, winsor red, and scarlet lake.

  17.  Acrylic Matte Medium and old brush (for applying it) and a plastic container with lid (for storing it.)

  18. Collage papers-bring whatever you have. ( I will have small kits for purchase, if preferred.)  I like chiri paper (transparent), and unryu fiber paper, which is a milky white fiber paper with strings in it and it is semi-transparent.  Bring whatever other oriental papers you might already have.  Napkins and magazines can be used for collage, also, so start saving those.  Try to think of variety in colors and textures. Any metallic ribbons, old books, music books, etc. Also, (old paintings that you don’t like) can be used in collage.

  19. Bring one package of colorful, repetitive napkins, and we’ll have a napkin swap.

  20. Black permanent marker (ultrafine and fine tips).   I like the Sharpie that is a twin top.

  21. Double stick tape (small dispenser type, available at Michaels.)

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

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

  24. Optional:  Gauze or cheese cloth.

  25. Optional:  (Architectural Digest or Remodeling magazines are great for getting ideas for abstracts.)

  26. OPTIONAL: Gold Foil paper at   Sometimes, it is called gold reactive foil, (available at Hobby Lobby)

  27. Optional:  Tulip Slick dimensional paint (comes in a tube) ( I use black, teal, and white colors)

  28. Optional:   White and black acrylic paints (if you have them.)

  29. Optional:  Pebeo Porcelaine gold outliner (this is in a tube and can be found in the glass painting section of Michaels or available in the Cheap Joes catalog)

  30. Optional:  Caran d’ache water soluble crayons

  31. Bag Lunch, if you plan to stay in for lunch.  

Supply list for "Painting like Gustav Klimt" (acrylic days)


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:  My favorite colors are

    • 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 (get heavy body acrylics for this one.)

If you are investing in acrylics for the first time, my advice is to get white, black, cobalt blue, pyrole red, quinacridone magenta, and hansa yellow in liquid acrylics.  Then go to Michaels 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 or teal colored little bottles at Michaels. (If you already own acrylics, bring whatever you have.  I do use both the heavy body acrylics and the liquid ones, but this exercise will require mostly liquid acrylics.)

  1. 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. 

  2. One sheet Strathmore Aquarius cold press 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 board for support. (I usually cover it with plastic.) We’ll be working on a quarter sheet size (11”x 15”)

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

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

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

  6. Cotton balls and Q-tips

  7. Rubber brayer (optional)

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

  9. 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.

  10. Paper towels and/or Kleenex

  11. (Optional) Rubber brayer, if you already own one. 

  12. 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.

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

  14. White chalk or white Charcoal white pencil

  15. 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.

  16. Notebook, pencil, and eraser

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

  18. ATG tape, or double stick tape.  Get the ones that are in small dispensers that are available at Michaels. 

  19. Clear small ruler (mine is 18”)

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

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

  22. Gold Deco Foil and/or copper Deco foil --I will have a small scrap for you to try, or you can buy your own at

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

  25. 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 11 or 12 inches tall.)  I also look through People magazine for loving couples.

  26. Optional:  Glue gun

  27. 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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