Put away your brushes and let's get close and personal with colours. This workshop is a deep dive into colour and pigments and how to make watercolor paints that are above artist grade. Pigment saturation, medium mixes and character development will be our focus as well as building our own unique blends and signature colours.
Why make your own watercolours?
If you think about it the watercolours we buy at the store are made to a standardize formula. They have to be of course and they are well balanced for the most part. If you like average that is. The colours are made to what the average of artists expect when they open a tube and pour out the paints.
In a way it is like buying cookies from a store; Cookies that are pre-made and taste the same from one package to another. We buy them of course and we may even like them, but they cannot compare to homemade cookies. With home-made cookies you can make them chewier if you like them that way, add brown instead of white sugar and in general make them to your taste.
The same holds true for watercolours. What if you prefer your colours to spread more quickly? What if you prefer to have more body to them so that they stay in place or spread slowly? What if you prefer to have a tinge with purple in your Cadmium Red or you want that elusive green that you can make just right? You are not going to find these kinds of variations at the store. You can only have what I call signature colours if you make them yourself.
Students will go home with:
- Twelve or more handmade watercolours in generous portions
- One or two signature colours that you will call your very own (no one else will ever have this colour on their palette)
- Additional medium for use with your paints or to make more paints at home
- A deeper understanding with colours and a mastery of their character and tendencies
Details & Registration
- Sunday - January 23, 2022
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Price: $230 for non-members, $207 with a membership
Materials: Additional Purchase Required - See the Materials List
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
What Students will Learn
Using professional pigment and fresh medium ingredients, students will make their own full palette of watercolours. Students will learn:
- How each ingredient that makes up the medium affects the character of the mix
- How to make colours more or less granulating
- How to mix the right amounts of pigment and medium for the best results in painting
- What makes colours more or less active
- And so much more
About the Instructor
A classically trained artist, Zan is the recipient of several awards for plein air painting in Ontario. He is the founder and past president of Ontario Plein Air Society, a group of Ontario painters dedicated to painting the Canadian landscape from life.
I paint because I fall in love with a moment. Sometimes I capture it successfully, and other times, too many times, I fail. I am proud to say that my artwork has seeped into private collections from Australia through Europe to North America. I cherish all my collectors and value their choice to own my artwork. In a way, a work of art is not whole.
All ingredients to create the watercolour paints are included. Students are asked to supply the following materials:
- An apron or clothes that can get dirty
- Plastic gloves
- A plastic spatula (no metal or wood)
- Two palette knives
- Twelve or more small containers for paints
- Note: Students can buy empty tubes or empty full pans from Amazon, use bottle tops, or ceramic small sauce plates that can be purchased from the dollar store. Students will need at least 12 (please bring more if possible), and if you are bringing bottle tops, full pans or tubes, you will need between 12 and 24.