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Bonjour a tous! It fills me with joy to be able to show you how to create these flowers… but also how I choose my colors (I’ll show you how I make color cards which I find very useful for quickly finding a great color scheme) and how to apply all that we have learned experimenting with simple flower shapes to a more complicated portrait.

I’m also hoping to encourage you how to observe and “see” the small worlds contained in flowers and nature at large. To observe how the light goes through the petals or just highlights the edge of them. To see the trail of pollen dusting the petals and the air as a fat bumblebee takes off.

Nature is marvelous and magical and I hope you’ll join me in this class so that we can make magic of our own and share it with the world!

xo,

Marie-Laure Delage-Carlson

 
 
 

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Here's a description of each of our special projects:

Lesson 1 - EXPLORING THE GARDEN

Using beautiful organic floral shapes we will be exploring different color schemes using watercolors, inks, salt, watercolor pencils and a bit of granulation medium. This will be a wonderful introduction to these mediums and an opening of our hearts to the expressive nature of flowers. Get ready to learn how to use paint in some brand new ways!


 
 
 

Lesson 2 - blossom

In this enchanting lesson, we will be more intentional in our application and bring forth a more representational blossom.

This bloom will be vibrant and full of the energy of Spring! I'll also introduce you to how I use a granulation medium too! You are going to love these fresh techniques!

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 3 - Dark Heart

Some of the most beautiful blooms are rich and deep in hue - mysterious and dark, dramatic and dynamic! In this lesson, we will explore these and see what happens when our colors merge and blend. By bouncing bright colors against the dark, we create minature galaxies of floral delight!

I'll be guiding you through the use of the gorgeous duo-chrome watercolors from Daniel Smith! You will adore these!

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 4 - Love in a Mist

For the first time, we’ll try to represent a more realistic flower shape and colors…with a beautiful dash of added magic, of course! 

Observing, sketching and painting flowers is one of my passions and brings me so much peace. I can't wait to share my process with you. Once you learn how to capture the essence of a flower on paper you will find yourself doing it again and again!

 

Lesson 5 - Spring Goddess

As a special treat, we will bring forth an expressive Spring Goddess, who will embody all the techniques you have learned along the way in this class.

A multitude of mediums will be used from watercolors, shimmery inks, pencils, charcoal, granulation medium, brou de noix (walnut ink) and MORE! She was a joy to paint and I look forward to sharing her creation with you! 


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What will you learn in this class?

I will be guiding you through techniques such as:

  • How to build layers in watercolor and ink to achieve depth and intensity

  • How to choose the right colors for the right project

  • How to use different mediums to make texture: brou de noix, granulation medium, salt

  • How to paint and draw what you feel instead of what you see

  • How to convey a feeling of magic and beauty

  • How to experiment with no fear and end up with a beautiful project that you can make in cards that will help you for years

  • How to use these projects to find YOUR style, (I promise you can’t help it with these projects!)

  • And so much more…


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What kind of supplies do I need for this workshop?

Please use what you HAVE!  It is not my intention at all to have you purchase everything on the list.  Buy only what you think you will use. Let me know if you have questions.

 

 

 

Supply List

  • Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors for the most part. It’s good to have a mix of transparent, more opaque and shimmery colors. I’ll also use duochrome watercolors from Daniel Smith. Try to have several types of blues, several types of red, etc…

  • Watercolor pencils (I used Derwent, Aquatone and Inktense)

  • Daler Rowney inks: Mazuma gold, Genesis green, Silver pearl, White

  • Brou de noix - (walnut ink) I’ll talk about this in detail in the supplies video but you could use any walnut ink.

  • Black indian ink, Winsor and Newton brand (I have tried several and this one is the one to get to achieve the effects that I do.)

  • Winsor and Newton granulation medium and a pipette

  • Poussiere de lune ink, Herbin brand, available on Amazon

  • A toothpick… I use them a lot!

  • Sandpaper

  • Salt

  • Charcoal pencil

  • I used mixed media paper for the flowers and Arches Hot press watercolor paper for the goddess