Your Set Up

Workshop Replay:

How to Paint a Red Cardinal

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Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Drawing: We will draw the composition at the start of the workshop.

Workspace: I will be painting on 8"x 10" 300 lb hot press Arches watercolor paper. You can choose to make your painting any size you want, and can also paint on 140 lb. (You won't need heavy paper for this painting.)

Colors I plan to use:

  • New Gamboge
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Winsor Orange
  • Sepia
  • Payne's Gray

I use Winsor & Newton watercolor paints, but you don't have too. You can substitute the colors above for similar colors in your palette. They don't have to be the same colors.

Tools & Materials:

  • Paper for sketching
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Round brushes (I plan to use size: 1, 2, 4, 10)
  • Scrap Paper
  • Paper towels

I teach the foundation to drawing in: The Fundamentals of Drawing course. The skills taught in this course prepare you for drawing your designs in the live workshops.

I also teach the foundation to watercolors in: Watercolor Painting for Beginners course, which also prepares you for painting in the live workshops. Check out this course to learn how to set up your workspace, prep your paper, and familiarize yourself with the different watercolor techniques.

👉 Going through these courses first will help tremendously when doing a workshop!