Watercolour 101 : “Eventually, Everything Mixes!”
The workshop consists of 4 sessions as follows:
- Week 01: 8th May Saturday 18:30 – 19:15 (UTC +2, Central European Time)
- Week 02: 15th May Saturday 18:30 – 19:15 (UTC +2, Central European Time)
- Week 03: 29th May Saturday 18:30 – 19:15 (UTC +2, Central European Time)
- 30th May Sunday 18:30 – 19:15 (UTC +2, Central European Time)
Each session lasts for around 1 hour and 15 minutes, except for the last session, which is for 1 hour and 30 minutes (including a little feedback for wrapping it up!)
Week 01 – Colours and Tools (1 hr 15 min)
Welcome to the first week! We will look at the paints and tools we will need throughout the workshop. It can be rather daunting at first when we face a large selection of colours – which reds, blues, yellows should you will pick? What about oranges, greens, violets, purples, and browns? And of which brands?
It may not be so surprising to some, but we don’t need to have a 24 set of colours when we start learning – even 12 would be quite enough. I will show you the way of making a full palette with just a few colours in hand.
We will also look at other essentials: brushes, paper, and a few other handy wee things to help our painting.
Week 02 – Primary Triads (1 hr 15 min)
In this session, we will learn to mix colours using primaries. Primaries can be of two kinds: Red, Blue and Yellow / Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. Using colour temperatures (warm and cool), we can create many secondaries*:* oranges, greens, violets/purples.
The focus will be on Warm and Cool triads, as well as my usual go-to, muted/earthy triad. We will learn how to determine the temperature of the colours and how that knowledge helps us to mix the colour we want for our artworks.
Week 03 – Secondaries and Convenient Mixes (1 hr 15 min)
Secondary colours are oranges, greens, and violets/purples. These can usually be created by mixing the primaries. Some of these secondaries are assigned by their pigments, while many are of mixes. We will be looking at which of the secondaries are useful for a beginner’s palette, bringing in a lot of versatility and which convenient mixes are great to have.
This review of colours will include ochres(browns) and neutrals(greys and blacks).
Week 04 – Practice on a piece: Blooming Cats (1 hr 30 min)
In this session, we practice our colour mixing skills on a canvas!
It’s Spring now, and flowers are blooming through some wild spring rain in a snappy wind blowing their petals holding strong in the sepal, cupping them up cosily… So we will paint a cat with flowers.
I will provide two template drawings you can trace onto your watercolour/mixed media paper choice, but you are welcome to come up with your own design.
At the end of this session, I will take questions from you about colours and colour mixing.
Things you will need:
For true beginners and those who aren’t familiar with pigments and colour names – I recommend getting a good, inexpensive set of palette such as the ones below, which are very affordable and of good quality!
- Winsor and Newton Cotman 12 Half Pan Set
- Van Gogh Travel Half Pan Set (of 12 or 16)
IF you are ready to get your own paints, here are my recommendations. You do not need to get all the colours, but please prepare at least six colours(both warm and cool primaries) and Burnt Sienna.
Ultramarine Blue(PB29), Nickel Azo Yellow(PY150) or Hansa Yellow Deep(PY65), Pyrrole Red/Permanent Red Deep(PR254)
Phthalo Blue Green Shade(PB15:3), Lemon Yellow(PY3) or Permanent Yellow Light(PY151), Permanent Magenta(PR122) or Quinacridone Rose(PV19) or Pyrrole Crimson(PR264)
Perylene Maroon(PR179) or Indian Red(PR101), Yellow Ochre(PY42) or Raw Sienna(PBr7), Indanthrone Blue(PB60) or Cerulean Blue(PB35/36)
Essential for Mixing Neutrals:
Phthalo Green Blue Shade(PG7, Also known as Viridian in some brands) and Burnt Sienna(PBr7/PR101)
Watercolour or Mixed Media PaperPlease make sure the paper is suitable for watercolours and at least 250gsm. My personal recommendations are Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media 265gsm, Hahnemühle Britannia MATT 300gsm, and Strathmore 400 series 300gsm.
A round and a flat brush of size between 8 to 10 would do nicely. Please make sure they are made for watercolours. There is nothing more frustrating than a brush that doesn’t hold enough water or pigments!
We are offering a very flexible way to book your tickets
- one single session for EUR 23 (please specify which session you want, for example Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4)
- the full workshop, consisting of four sessions. The full price is EUR 115 but we are offering an early bird price of EUR 100
- the bundle for the full workshop trio, with Ame, Andrea and Yves for EUR 345, but we are offering an early bird price of EUR 250
Amé Binnarä KimPainter, Printer, Paintmaker, Illustrator
Hello, I am Amé Binnarä Kim.
I draw, paint, print, make paints.
I run two businesses that are called “Eventually, Everything Mixes!”(EEM) and KATZEKOTZE. With EEM, I have been offering vegan/cruelty-free watercolour paints and workshops since 2018. In 2019, I launched my self-publishing label KATZEKOTZE for my comics and zines.