Course Description

ONLINE: This course, Watercolor Painting: Designing Cats, will teach you how to combine transparent watercolor techniques with ink. A drawing will be sent to you in advance so you can transfer it to your watercolor paper. In class, on Zoom, you will follow the instructor step-by-step to build designs in permanent Micron black ink. On top of this, we'll use classic watercolor techniques to create a charming, whimsical, ready-to-frame painting of two cats. You can ask the instructor questions during class, and you can get additional feedback after class by emailing the instructor. This course is suited to all levels of participants, including brand new beginners. You must have your own supplies. | Active Skill Learning.

Max enrollment: 15.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Watercolor Painting: Designing Cats
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 11:00AM
Apr 27, 2022 to May 25, 2022
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

No experience is required. Students must provide their own supplies, some you may already have, others are a worthy investment that can be used in other projects.

Required supplies/fee: 

• An assortment of brushes (see the list below).

• A palette with a lid. (A good one is Cheap Joe’s Original Watercolor Palette with 17 wells for about $14 or 30 wells for $20.) Do NOT buy one that folds shut and has paints on both the bottom and the top – what a mess when you shut it!

• A set of three scrubbers (a stiff brush to lift paint), masking fluid, a mask lifter or “pickup” (a 2” tough rubbery square), and an (optional) camera.

An ordinary little sponge, a bit of natural sponge, masking tape, and paper towels.

• An artists’ kneaded eraser (looks like soft, gray putty)

• An ordinary cheap mechanical pencil, a ballpoint pen.

• A water container, a little spray bottle for water

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

• A black Micron pen in size .01, .03, or .05

• A block of ARCHES Professional watercolor paper 140 lbs cold press, preferably grain fin. The block must be 12” X 16” (or larger), and it will contain 10 or 20 sheets glued together. Or if you must save money, buy one large sheet and cut it down to a 14” X 18” (the larger size is required because you waste space at the edges when you use masking tape to secure it to a flat, non-porous backboard. Paper on the block is glued at the edges to keep it flat, so do NOT cut the page off until your painting is done.) Use a block of paper or else tape your paper down to a backboard before you come to class.

Suggested Colors which will serve for nearly all my paintings.

Please purchase professional grade paint such as Winsor Newton, (Jerry’s) Lukas 1862, or (Cheap Joe’s) American Journey. (Do not buy student grade paints: Cotman, Grumbacher, or Reeves). They are cheap; but the color is transient and less vibrant. Paints are expensive, but last indefinitely.


• Yellow ocher

• yellow (Winsor yellow or cadmium yellow)

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

• Cobalt turquoise (or any other bright aqua)

• Cobalt blue

• Ultramarine blue

• Burnt umber

• Payne’s gray

• A purple (Winsor dioxazine violet)

• Alizarin crimson

• Permanent rose

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

• Schminckie’s translucent orange (order on line) or cadmium orange

• Quinacridone gold or burnt sienna

ALSO NICE IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE: Opera (or bright rose), cerulean (blue), Shadow green (by Holbein), Sap green, Brown Madder, Chinese white.


Here you can save money; natural hair brushes are totally unnecessary. Buy a selection of brushes: (Rounds - #2, #6, and #8) and (flats – 1/8”, ¼”, ½”, ¾”, and 1”) and a rigger (or “script”) brush about a size 3 which is long and thin, and a package of 3 scrubbers (brushes with short, tough bristles used to erase paint). Loew Cornell, Creative Mark, or Miller’s Golden Fleece brushes (from Cheap Joe’s) are good. (I love my Loew Cornell Ultra Round size 12)

Jerry’s Artarama (919-876-6610) in Raleigh & Cheap Joe’s (1-800-227-2788) at www.cheapjoes.com are some of the best suppliers in the country. 

If you have questions, call me at home (919-294-9559) or email (carolefynn@gmail.com)