Course Description

In this course, using your own supplies and being guided step by step, you will paint a watercolor of a leafy branch of magnolia blossoms against a cobalt blue sky. You will learn a variety of techniques, including crisp, realistic effects; soft, mysterious shadows; vivid contrast; and the use of masking fluid. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced painter, this course will further your skills. You will finish a beautiful ready-to-frame painting. You can relax and enjoy the process; the instruction will be detailed and clear. | Active participation.

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Section Title
Watercolor Magnolia Tree
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 3:30PM
Feb 19, 2021 to Mar 19, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Classes are recorded.

Please note: All experience levels are welcome. Supply prices will vary widely depending on what students have on hand.

Required supplies/fee: Students must purchase supplies independently for an estimate cost of $150-$300.


Before class, squeeze your watercolor paints out onto your palette which has a lid. (A good one is Cheap Joe’s Original Watercolor Palette with 17 wells for about $14.)

• An assortment of brushes (see the list below) include a rigger brush.

• A set of three scrubbers (a stiff brush to lift paint), masking fluid, a masking fluid pick-up (a tough rubbery square), and an (optional) camera.

An ordinary sponge, a bit of natural sponge, masking tape, and plenty of paper towels. An artists’ kneaded eraser (looks like soft, gray putty)

• An ordinary cheap mechanical pencil, a pen.

• A water container, a little spray bottle for water

• Artists Graphite paper to transfer a drawing – only Sally’s or Saral brand in a roll.

• A black Micron pen in size .01 or .05

• Arches Watercolor Block 140 lb Cold Pressed 12” X 16” Grain Fin. (It has 20 sheets for about $50.) Do NOT buy hot press or any other cheaper paper. This is essential. Do NOT cut the paper off the block until your painting is entirely finished.

Suggested Colors

These colors are my suggestions which will serve for all nearly all my paintings. I urge you to purchase professional grade paint such as Winsor Newton, (Jerry’s) Lucas 1862, or (Cheap Joe’s) American Journey. (Do not buy student grade paints, e.g. Cotman, Grumbacher, or Reeves. They are cheap; but, the color is transient, more muddy, and has odd mixing qualities.) Paints are expensive, but they last.

• yellow ocher

• yellow (Winsor yellow or cadmium yellow)

• olive green (a good one is Lucas 1862 at Jerry’s)

• cobalt blue

• ultramarine blue

• burnt umber

• payne’s gray

• alizarin crimson

• permanent rose

• Windsor red (or another “hot” red like cadmium)

• Schminckie’s translucent orange (great!) or cadmium orange

• quinacridone gold or burnt sienna

• cobalt turquoise (or another bright aqua)

ALSO NICE IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE: Shadow green (by Holbein), opera, Winsor violet, brown madder, cerulean (blue), Winsor blue, chinese white.


Here you can save money; natural hair brushes aren’t necessary. Buy a selection of brushes: (Rounds - #2, #6, and #8) and (squares – 1/8”, ¼”, ½”, ¾”, and 1”) and a rigger (or “script”) brush which is long and thin, and a package of 3 scrubbers (brushes with short, tough bristles used to erase paint). Loew Cornell or Miller’s Golden Fleece brushes (from Cheap Joe’s) are good.

Jerry’s Artarama (919-876-6610) in Raleigh and Cheap Joe’s (1-800-227-2788) at www.cheapjoes.com are great, reliable art suppliers.

If you have questions, email me (carolefynn@gmail.com).