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Create and Take Watercolor Techniques and Watercolor Book Making with Susan Winslow/Laura French

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Create and Take Watercolor Techniques and Watercolor Book Making with Susan Winslow/Laura French

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 WSSW08 (Photo examples are from both instructors, sketchbook covers will vary from student to student)

"Create and Take: Watercolor Techniques and Watercolorbook Making" with Susan Winslow and Laura French

April 28-29, 2018 from 10-4 pm

$250 + art materials (variety of papers and book making supplies included in registration price, PLUS Daniel Smith watercolor dot cards will be provided for each student!)

*See extended description at the bottom of the page.

Availability: In stock



-Any palette is good as long as there is room to mix big puddles of washes.  Same with brushes, experienced painters will have their own favorites, beginners can work off my favorites: #12 or 14 rounds

-lead pencils 4B, HB

-mechanical pencils (whatever you have, not mandatory)

-bamboo pen

-quill pen

-Micron pen (size .7)

-Watercolor sticks (Daniel Smith)

-watercolor pencils (any kind is fine, Susan will have some to try if you don’t want to bring)


-Suggested Watercolor Pigments: Please no student grade or pans. 

Greens: Viridian and Pthalo Green - YELLOW shade (DS) or Hooker’s Green if you already have it

Yellow: Quinacridone Gold (DS) and any other yellows you might have on hand

Oranges and Reds: Quinacridone Burnt Orange (DS) or Burnt Sienna if you already have it on hand

Quin Rose (DS) or Permanent Rose

Carmine (DS) or Alizarin Crimson

Permanent Orange (DS) or Cadmium Orange 

Blues: Ultramarine and Cobalt Blue

white gouache



Watercolor papers

Arches: 90/140 hot press, cold press

Bee: 140 pound

Fabriano 140 pound cold and rough press

Gemini 140 Pound 

Khadi 140 rough and smooth

Lana 140 cold press

Saunders 140 cold press

Drawing papers

Mi-Tientes: buff with tooth

Mi-Tientes: cream with tooth

bristol paper smooth

Bristol smooth


There are several watercolor papers available, both in weight and surfaces, but it can be a bit daunting to experiment with them all. That’s why we are so excited to introduce this weekend workshop! You will be given 26 sheets of different watercolor papers, all labeled by name and weight to make 3x5 in sketchbooks.

   Laura will show us how to use a spiral binder to make our own, personalized watercolor sketchbook. Meanwhile, Susan will demonstrate different techniques such as wet on wet, gradated washes, pouring and dry brush. Some other materials will also be provided: gesso, gouache, salt and some inks.

   You are encouraged to bring in your own materials as well: saran wrap, colored pencils and water-soluble crayons.  We can share with each other as we learn new ideas and techniques.


“I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. After graduating from college, I taught drawing and painting at the secondary level, and later found other creative outlets: illustrating a children’s book, and working on set direction for the Smithsonian Institution and also at a maritime museum in New York. After a twenty year career in advertising and graphic ad design, I retired, and now I am painting full time in the medium of watercolor. 

Artists of the past and the present speak to me with their music, stories and poems. However, it is with painters that I feel a special kinship.

Painting is my way of expressing delight in my everyday surroundings. I walk the beaches and observe the moods of the ocean and the people at play and contemplation. I delight in the patterns created by sunlight playing on palm fronds, the subtle color gradations of foliage, and the majesty of the old oak trees and sycamores indigenous to this part of the world.”


About Laura:

Laura French has taught paper crafting, graphic arts and scrapbooking classes for over 15 years all over the United States as well as Asia and Europe.

Her work includes being a craft designer for a well known art die manufacturer as well as projects for craft publications.

Laura has been binding her own journals of many sizes to sketch and paint the things she loves.

"Being able to combine my love for paper arts and my love of gardening is so joyful. I love sharing that joy with others too!"

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