Watercolor Workshop in Staunton, Virginia

Watercolor Along the Garden Path with Paige Smith-Wyatt
Through Paige Smith-Wyatt’s joyful, stress-free approach to watercolor, learn to utilize the unique qualities of this medium to create vibrant, expressive florals. Paige's workshops are taught in a creative and supportive environment that includes demonstrations of techniques she uses in her personal approach to watercolor painting and significant one-on-one instruction. Paige will discuss the use of photographic reference, as well as how to interpret a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. While concepts of art and design, such as color theory and composition will be discussed, Paige encourages each student to follow their own unique path to completing paintings with the goal of instilling enthusiasm and confidence in the student. Depending upon student interest, Paige will also demonstrate her technique of waxing a painting and mounting it onto a wood panel for a modern presentation.  All skill levels welcome.

May 13-14, 2017   10am-4pm 
To sign up for this workshop, contact the Beverley Street Studio School in Staunton, Virginia at:  (540) 886-8636     Email: bssschool@verizon.net 

Watercolor Workshop Supply List

Supply List:

Paper - Paige works on Fabriano Artistico hot press paper in either 140 lb. or 300 lb. Any brand of 100% cotton watercolor paper in at least 140 lb. will work. 140 lb. paper will buckle some. If this bothers you, bring 300 lb. Bring at least two sheets that are 22 x 30 inches or similar size.

Palette - Paige uses multiple 12 well palettes with cups, which she finds especially useful for the way she works. This palette works well because it has deep cups with lids, making it easy to transport wet paint, and has deep wells in the center for mixing colors. If you already own a palette, just bring what you have - if it does not have deep wells for mixing paint, you can bring small cups or a small mixing palette that contains wells.  

Brushes - For the majority of her work, Paige uses a Raphael 8404 kolinsky sable round, size 4 and an Arches A5 Petit Gris Pur black Squirrel quill (round), size 1. If you already have a selection of round brushes, just bring what you have. Pure sables and squirrel are wonderful but, if you are on a budget, there are good substitutes made with a combination of natural and synthetic hairs. Paige suggests not working with very small brushes to aid you in staying loose and free with your painting.

Paint - Paige recommends you use tubes instead of dry cakes and you should avoid student grade paints. If you already have a nice set of dry cakes/pans, just bring those along with a palette or small cups for mixing a good amount of paint. Most of her colors are Sennelier and Maimeri Blu brand. Winsor and Newton, Daniel Smith, and other professional grade brands will work just as well. Paige’s palette includes an extensive range of colors. If you are just starting out, at a minimum, you will need the following for the workshop:
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red Light, Vermillion, or Sandal Red
Alizarin Crimson
Pink - Primary Red Magenta, Carmine, Quinacridone Rose,Verzino Violet or similar pink Violet
French Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue or Cerulean Blue
Sap Green or Hookers Green
Phthalo Green Light
Burnt Umber
Ivory Black
Other useful colors:
Indigo, Forrest Green,Viridian,Yellow Deep, Burnt or Raw Sienna, Orange

Photo Reference -You are welcome to bring your own photographs or paint from reference photos provided by Paige. Close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and other garden elements will work best. You can work from photos that have been printed on paper, or from digital images using a tablet or smart phone.

Towels - A good absorbent cloth towel or roll of paper towels will work well.

Water basin - A divided water basin works best, or you can use two jars - one for clean water,
one for cleaning brushes.

Bulb Syringe - A bulb syringe or pipette is very useful for quickly adding water to your wells of paint.

Pencil and eraser - You will need to draw your image onto the paper before beginning to paint. You can use either a kneaded or white plastic eraser.

Finishing and Mounting Your Painting
Paige finishes her watercolor paintings with a wax varnish and mounts them onto wood panels. She will demonstrate this technique at the end of the workshop. If you would like to finish your painting this way, you will need the following supplies:

Wood Panel - Either a cradled wood panel, or flat wood panel will work. The panel should be slightly smaller than your painting.

Wax - Gamblin’s Cold Wax Medium or Dorland’s Wax Medium for finishing the surface of your painting.

Wheat Paste or Glue - Paige prefers to use Lineco Pure Wheat Starch to adhere her paintings onto panels. Another option is to use a heavy acrylic medium, such as Golden’s Heavy Gel Medium mixed with a little archival glue. If you use wheat starch, applying a coat of gesso to the wood first will make your painting more archival.

Brush - A wide craft brush for applying paste/glue to panel. soft cloth/rag for applying wax

Brayer - A brayer is useful for pressing your painting to the panel and smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles.

Paper - Parchment, wax, or clean craft paper will work. You will use this to protect your painting while you are applying it to the panel.

Exacto Knife - After letting the paste dry, you will trim the edges of your paper to the exact size of the panel.

Gloves or Barrier Cream - Optional - These are useful to protect your hands.

Spray Bottle -You will use this to moisten the back of your painting before applying it to the
prepared panel.

Small Bowl - You will need a small bowl for mixing the wheat paste or gel medium/glue. If you are using wheat paste, you will need a microwavable bowl - glass or ceramic works best. 

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