The Joys of Spring - botanical watercolour on Vellum or Paper

Welcome in the Spring with whites, yellows, purples and pinks.  Covering a variety of seasonal subjects, this botanical illustration workshop will looks at capturing spring flowers, blossom and spring plants, concentrating on composition, colour and freshness to achieve pleasing studies or completing a composition.  
Suitable for all abilities and those who enjoy painting in detail.
The workshop starts at 2.30 pm on 16 April and finishes at 3.30 pm on 18 April.
 
 
What to bring
In an ideal world, this is the equipment required, but please do not rush out and buy everything. I will have some paper for sale, and some spare paints to borrow.
2x Mechanical pencil(s)  size 0.3mm, 2H and HB leads, OR
2H and HB good graphite pencils
White plastic rubber
Very soft, very pliable rubber; or some blue tack
Pair of dividers – with two metal points
Ruler 12”
Paper stumps/blenders are useful (usually sold for blending pastels – Derwent is a lovely soft make)
Cartridge paper –  very smooth surface -Winsor & Newton is   lovely paper , A4 or A3 – or bring your usual choice.
Tracing paper – A4 size, the thinner the better
Whitechina mixing palettes, for paints (an old white plate will do)
Magnifying glass, on stand or hand held.
Kitchen roll
Watercolour Paints.        NB. Always use Artist/Professional Quality
Winsor and Newton colours (an excellent range to start with) sold in tubes, pans and half pans. A suggested selection for the beginner includes (those marked with an* are recommended as a minimum palette). Do try to keep to transparent colours and avoid very opaque ones.  (I use half-pans, or small tubes.) DoNOT let your local art shop sell you student quality…
Reds                                                                              Yellows
  *Permanent Alizarin Crimson                          *Winsor lemon OR
   *Scarlet Lake                                                    Transparent yellow
    *Permanent Rose                                            New Gamboge  OR
                                                                            *Indian yellow
Blues                                                                    Purples
*Cobalt blue                                                         *Winsor violet
Prussian blue                                                        Cobalt violet
*French ultramarine                                             *Cobalt turquoise light
*Winsor blue green shade
Others
Terre verte                                                      Permanent Sap green
*Yellow ochre                                                  Winsor green (yellow shade)
 Burnt sienna                                                  Olive green
*Indigo OR *Payne’s grey                               Viridian
*Davy’s grey                                                   
If you already have artist/professional quality watercolours paints, and different brands/colours, bring them all with you.
Other very popular makes are Daniel Smith, and Sennelier, but you need to match pigments not names.
Watercolour paper.- Always use acid free, Hot Pressed.
  The most widely used are 140 lbs (300g/m2) blocks, or sheets
**-Fabriano Artistico: Extra White or Traditional White in sheets or gummed pads (the odd sheet is available to buy from me on the day)
NB.Make sure the surface is really smooth (Sanders Waterford is not smooth!).      
Another popular make is Arches, also sold in blocks, or sheets. Moulin du Roy is also new, and quite good too.
 
I will have some papers for sale if you with to try them.
 
 
 
Brushes. Invest in the best sable you can afford. (* recommended & good value)
              i. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinski sable. Series 10 or 11.
OR,        ii.*Raphael 8404 (with orange tips to handle) are very, good
OR,        iii Winsor & Newton Series 7 miniatures
OR,        iv. Winsor & Newton Series 7 (non miniatures)
 
Either use Miniature, or, Round brushes, buy 2 brushes to start with.
Always check the points. Good shops will never mind you trying them.  Bring any sable brushes you have, plus a synthetic brush for mixing.
 
Brush sizes:
              *Raphael - sizes 2 &4  
              *Da Vinci Maestro Series 10, sizes 2 & 4
 
**NB. If you are working on vellum you will need smaller brushes, sizes 0 and 1 to start with.
 
 
 
 

Venue: 
Hassop Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Price: 
£549 residential £299 non-residential
Date: 
16 - 18 April 2018
Tutor: 
Ros Franklin
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