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Watercolor Classes what you need to know

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By: TheArtSherpa
Posted in: Acrylic April

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Welcome to the wonderful world of watercolor. I'm so excited that you might be interested in taking up this medium with me. Just like I love teaching acrylic to beginners, I enjoy introducing beginner's to the Wonder and Magic that is watercolor.

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Watercolor Wednesday is a weekly evening class that's fully step by step to introduce new artists to the joys of watercolor. It's just like our livestream acrylic class on YouTube, but with Watercolor and on Facebook.  Classes are level friendly, fully step by step to introduce new artist to the joys of watercolor. Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums. I just love it. 

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What materials do you need ? 

The following is your material list for Watercolor Wednesday.  Not all colors will be used for every class. Not all materials will be used every class. I do expect to use all colors and all of these materials during the 2021 class year.

  Below is a list of RECOMMENDED MATERIALS. 

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Only one of each is needed.  3-4 links provided to help you find colors in stock. Please look around for sales deals and other brands 

Brands of watercolor I love Sennelier L'Aquarelle   QOR By Golden  Daniel Smith  M Graham  Van Gogh 

Watercolor Paint Color List 2021 


              

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Hansa Yellow Medium 


Sennelier L'Aquarelle - Primary Yellow for this brand 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith -

M Graham -  


  Nickel Azo Yellow 


Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith - 

M Graham

 Quinacridone Magenta 


Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith - 

Holbein - 

 Pyrrole Red


Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith - 

Turner - 

Holbein - 

 Transparent Pyrrole Orange 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - ( sennelier orange ) 

Golden QOR -  

Daniel Smith -  

Turner -  

Phthalo Blue

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith - 

M Graham -

Ultramarine Blue

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith - 

M Graham

Phthalo Green 


Sennelier L'Aquarelle  

Golden QOR 

Daniel Smith - 

Quinacridone Gold 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - 

Golden QOR - my fav 

Daniel Smith - 

 Opera Pink 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle -

Holbein-  

Daniel Smith -

 Burnt Umber

Sennelier L'Aquarelle - 

Golden QOR -   

Daniel Smith - 

M Graham -

 Payne’s Grey 

Sennelier L'Aquarelle 

Golden QOR - 

Daniel Smith - 

We have temporarily removed links due to the fact that Amazon is changing the links out to 'other' products if something sells out or becomes unavailable. We are looking into this and hope to get a resolution soon. Thank you. 

Color Mixing chart 

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Download your own here 


(Click tiny link below to print out )

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Paper 


9x12 140lb 300 GSM Watercolor Paper Cold press in a Block pad



What is a watercolor block? 

A watercolor block is a pad of watercolor paper that’s bound on all sides with a coating of a rubber like material called padding compound.. You paint on the top sheet of paper and then remove it after it fully dries flat. To separate the painting from the block, insert a dull palette knife into the gap in the binding and run it around all four edges. A watercolor block helps prevent the warping of the paper when it is wet. 

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If you have a regular pad of paper you can tape all of edges of the sheet to the table with low take tape and then carefully peel them after the sheep its dry. 

 

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Recommended - 


Fabriano Block

Strathmore Block 

Arches  Block 

Strathmore Pad 

 

Brushes 

Try to have a Round , A wash or Quill , A bright and a detail in your basic kit. You can get away with a round brush to start.  

I will always share what I am using in the show. Brand I like are Soft Aqua by Raphael , Escoda and Black Velvet. 

SoftAqua Quill  4

SoftAqua Round  14

SoftAqua Bright 

Escoda Perla Series 1430 #12 

Flat wash 1" 

Detail round  

VERY optional Brushes 

Raphael Precision Mini Brush Travel Set of 6 

Jazper Stardust Version of Escoda Reserva 1212 #8 - https://www.facebook.com/JazperStardust ( made by hand by request only) 

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Palettes for paint - 


Porcelain Watercolor Palette  

   

OTHER TOOLS  

Cretacolor Water-Soluble Graphite Pencils  

Fluid White Acrylic 

T Square Ruler  

Artist Tape  

Art Sherpa Brush Spa Soap Kits  https://theartsherpa.com/store  

The Pioneer Woman Turning table  

Grafix WM2 White Mask Liquid Frisket 

Rubber Cement picker upper 

Mister  

Paper Towels 

  BOOKS : 

Color Mixing Bible :  

How to Mix Skin color - 

Victoria Finlay History of Color:

  Place to buy BRUSHES - 

The Brush Guys:

 http://bit.ly/BrushGuysArtSherpa  

Discount Code :  THEARTSHERPA

Common questions 

When is it ?

Watercolor  is every 3 days 1 pm  Eastern Standard Time live streaming from my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/TheArtSherpa  

How do I Join the class ? 

Show up  1 pm EST ready to paint - Just watch from my Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/TheArtSherpa/live_videos   

You can also find the the class on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjQYyS4qyf1MuQY8DF2nDA 

You can watch the streaming video class  from the page on your chosen device!  

How much Does it cost ?

Its Free 

Is it hard ? 

Like everything, it can be a little challenging in the beginning to learn how to do something new. However, watercolor is a very beginner friendly medium  and I find people can pick it up as quickly as they did acrylic, sometimes even easier.

Can I use Acrylics ?

 You can use acrylics watered down to get some similar effects to watercolor. The paper is a good binder and prevents issues with watering down that you might normally see on canvas. There are a few differences. It's very easy to lift or reactivate watercolor.  Once acrylic is dry it's permanent.  Watercolor is very transparent and acrylic can be much more opaque.  Some techniques are different.  You can paint acrylic over watercolor. You can't paint watercolor over acrylic. I don't recommend using acrylic on fine watercolor brushes as it can build up in the ferrule and shorten the life of a brush.  Watercolor will not harm acrylic brushes in any way and you can use what you have until you're ready to buy special brushes just for watercolor. 

Do I need to have your exact materials? 

 You can use what you have. If you have Crayola watercolors, start with those. I will talk about how to guess a close approximate color on the palette you have so you can paint along and still get a good result

Can I view  your classes at a later time? 

You can watch my classes after the video is done streaming both on the Facebook page and on our website www.theartsherpa.com

What level of painter do I need to be ? 

All levels of painter are welcome and no drawing is Required 

The Hoot Guide 

Beginner        

Intermediate 

Challenging  

Paintings are all beginner friendly but rated in 3 levels of difficulty called Hoots

What if you Bought our Covid Watercolor Art Kits? 

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If you purchased one of the watercolor sets that we had in our store during the initial lockdown. you may wonder what colors exchange well for the new 2021 art palette. You may also wonder if there's a difference between the tube watercolor and the half pan watercolor. In this blog I'm going to let you know what colors in your palette to use when I'm using the 2021 colors. I'm going to give you some resources to match the colors you have to the colors I'm using and just in general make your watercolor experience easier.

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Official 2021 Colors    French Escape Kit 

Hansa yellow  

Nickel azo yellow 

Pyrrole red 

Quinacridone Magenta

Opera Pink

Quinacridone gold

Phthalo Blue 

Ultramarine Blue 

Forest Green 

Burnt Umber 

Payne’s Grey

Lemon yellow 

Lemon Yellow + little bit of French Vermillion 

French Vermillion 

Carmine 

Carmine + little bit ultramarine 

French vermillion + lemon yellow + sepia 

Phthalo Blue 

Ultramarine Blue 

Forest Green + Phthalo Blue 

warm sepia 

Payne’s Grey 




Download your own here 

(Click tiny link below to print out )

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Download your own here 

(Click tiny link below to print out )

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Or here 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjQYyS4qyf1MuQY8DF2nDA

Free draw or No draw option use the traceable - https://theartsherpa.com/traceables

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PLEASE note there are many other places to buy materials and I support you shopping and finding your best deal. 

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