Botanical Illustration weekend workshop

C. ficifolia 1285


Workshop outline.

We will look at some more unusual techniques for Botanical Illustration which should be fun and stimulate new painting ideas.

Attention is given to the practicalities of Botanical Illustration. For example, how to keep specimens, how to handle flowers that don’t last more than an hour.

In regards to painting itself

•how to remove marks from the paper

•how to cover up some mistakes

•how not to make some mistakes

•working on coloured paper and backgrounds


Classes start at 9.30 am sharp and finish around 4.30 pm.

Please note:

•That certain aspects of the planned program may be modified to suite the workshop.

•The course fee is for tuition only and doesn't include materials, transport or accommodation (if required).


Materials list.

•2 Imperial size sheets of Arches 300 gsm hot pressed watercolour paper each cut into 4 sheets

•Windsor and Newton artist quality watercolour paints 5 ml tubes or whatever paints you have to hand

•Cadmium Yellow

•Cadmium Lemon

•Cadmium Red or Scarlet Lake

•Permanent Rose

•French Ultramarine Blue

•Cerulean Blue

•Optional, Burnt Umber.

•Brushes - Sable is always the best but it is expensive, try a Roymac brand Kolinsky sable size 2 or 3, make sure it has a good point, plus a Sablinsky or synthetic brush (round) size 8

•Also needed are a rag, water container, small spray if possible, HB and 2B pencils.

•Kneadable rubber (Faber Castell is a good brand) and a palette.

•A palette could be a plain white china plate, I use one all the time, or you might prefer to buy a folding palette which is easier to transport.

•A plain white card folder, A4 or foolscap size is useful to put behind specimens.

•A sketchbook

* A botanical specimen from your garden. Specimens to paint will also be provided.




Copyright Helen Fitzgerald 2017