Watercolor Technique Bootcamp
Revisit the basics.
In this one-day workshop, instructor Samantha Peters will reintroduce students (or introduce new watercolor students) to watercolor techniques including creating flat and graded washes, dry brushing, and basic color theory. She’ll touch on foundational watercolor basics such as brush selection, the interaction of paint, water, and paper, color mixing and layering. Peters will take students through a variety of exercises designed to provide a solid foundation for all future watercolor work.
Instructor Samantha Peters is a science illustrator based in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, leaving once she realized illustrating her study guides was more fun than actually studying them. Afterwards, while living in New York City, she discovered a love of botanical art through classes at the New York Botanical Garden, and decided to pursue science illustration full time, attending the graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Samantha currently works in the graphics department at the Dallas Zoo and is the President of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Texas Group. Member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the American Society of Botanical Artists.
Please Note: This class will take place at BRIT.
$85 members/$95 non-members
- Paints: Look for professional grade watercolors. Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith are good brands. I prefer tubes, but half pan kits are very good.
- Basic/Primary Palette: Winsor lemon, Winsor yellow, scarlet lake, quinacridone rose, french ultramarine, prussian blue
- Also useful: sap green, quinacridone gold, quinacridone magenta, burnt sienna, neutral tint
- Brushes: Round watercolor brushes with good points. Size 0 and 6 are good sizes, but this depends on your preference. Windsor Newton, Daniel Smith, Sceptre Gold, and Princeton are good brands. Look for a sable or synthetic/sable blend with a good point.
- Mixing palette: white porcelain plates are available for a few dollars at Target. Can also use plastic palettes with multiple wells – look for one with a lid.
- Plastic tubs for water - empty cream cheese or butter tubs work well!
- Viva brand paper towels
- Saral graphite transfer paper
- Tracing paper
- Pencils: 2H, H, and HB graphite pencils, mechanical pencils, or lead with holder. Please bring a handheld sharpener as needed
- Kneaded eraser, white vinyl eraser (Magic Rub or similar)
- 6” or 12” ruler (clear ones are great!)
- Drafting tape
- Watercolor paper: HOT PRESS 140 lb or higher — look for Fabriano or Arches brand