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Floral Portraits in Pen & Ink with Watercolour -- London Brush & Palette Club

Floral Portraits in Pen & Ink with Watercolour -- London Brush & Palette Club
Location:  London Brush & Palette Club
Riverside United Church in London Ontario.
Date: November 14, 2018
Length: 1 day
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch
For information contact Michael Spillane 905-891-8422
Or: Lynn Lewis, Telephone: 519-858-1555
​Poppy in Pen & Ink with Watercolour by Michael Spillane


This workshop is ideal for the botanical artist looking for something a little different. A step-by-step floral project will be the focus of the workshop with demonstrations, one-on-one interaction with students and detailed instructional handouts. Studies will lead up to the completion of a tonal drawing in graphite, followed by exercises designed to explore the intricate textures used in pen and ink drawings. The project will then be completed in pen and ink with subtle watercolour washes.
•    1 Arches Hot Press Watercolour Art Board (20 x 15 inches)
                                  (or Strathmore Hot Press illustration board)
•    Spiral-bound sketchbook for class exercises
•    Ring binder for handouts and notepaper
•    General's mechanical pencil with a 6H lead
•    Mechanical pencil sharpener 
•    Magnifying glass
•    Ink drawing pens (Black ) (Pigma Micron or Staedtler) 005, 01, 03, & 05
•    Kneaded eraser and pencil eraser
•    Mono Zero (Tombow) 2.3 mm round tip eraser 
•    1 sheet of graphite transfer paper
•    Selection of blending stumps, tortillons and soft makeup brush
•    Scissors, utility or X-acto knife / low-tack masking tape
•    2 Containers for water (margarine tubs or glass jars are suitable)
•    White enamel or porcelain palette (24-well with cover or similar)
Watercolour Paints
Bring whatever watercolour paints you already have. What colours you don’t have will also be provided in class. The following is a good selection to have for this workshop:
•    Ultramarine Blue
•    Alizarin Crimson
•    Yellow Ochre
•    Quinacridone Rose
•    Cadmium Yellow Pale
Brushes (soft watercolour brushes)
Escoda or Currys (or alternative) #6
Escoda or Currys (or alternative) #2
Escoda or Currys (or alternative) #1