Mixed media

Coastal rocks 1159

Workshop outline:

This course builds on watercolour techniques already covered in the watercolour workshops but the emphasis will be on stimulating one’s imagination by exploring the possibilities that  can come with effects created by combining different  media. I want to concentrate mainly on water soluble media although oil crayons will be an option.

Anything can be used for effect but students will be asked to bring equipment that includes watercolour, gouache, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, conte, inks and anything else that they would like to include.

The suggested grounds on which to work will be mainly watercolour paper both heavy and lightweight, plus card (as in matt board or similar),and cartridge or similar, paper there will, of course, be other grounds that people can suggest.

Students will follow in the steps of other famous artists, from Rembrandt to Picasso in their exploration of the textures and products of their creations which will lead to an increased understanding of their potential for self-expression.

Unexpected effects are a feature of watercolour and this is even more apparent when different, sometimes antagonistic, media are combined.  The results of experimentation can often lead to new and exciting ways of painting and expressing ideas.

Techniques and methods covered will range from accidental to deliberate and will not necessarily follow a formal regime.  We are likely to discover many combinations that will lead to aesthetically pleasing results which can be combined with more traditional approaches where desired.

Beginners and more experienced artists are catered for in the small workshop format and everyone works at their own pace.


Daily program.

We will spend the first day just playing around with the media combinations and then chose a limited number of subjects and try to repeat them using different techniques.

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

Tea, Coffee and biscuits are provided during the workshop.

Lunch (usually 12:30 to 1:30 pm) may be purchased at the nearby shops  or brought to class by students.

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.


  • watercolour paper, rough, cold press and hot press - a selection 300gsm
  • a sheet of yupo paper if possible 
  • cartridge paper
  • coloured paper
  • if desired - some interesting japanese hand made paper
  • Bottle of pva glue  OR impasto gel medium
  • small bottle of gesso
  • spray bottle
  • eye dropper(s)
  • palette knife (plastic OK)
  • scissors


  • watercolours, basic range of colours (Daler Rowney and Maimeri are good value, W & N is good but more expensive)
  • Gouache one tube of white and any other colours you would like
  • Acrylic paints  -  a selection if you would like to try these
  • Conte crayons - selection of colours - include white
  • Pastels whatever colours you might have
  • any inks that you may have

I’ll bring some conte crayons and coloured pencils


  • I suggest a range of brushes from 1 inch house painting brushes, cheap bristle and a few of the ‘ROYMAC ACHIEVER TAKLON INDIA brushes , these are very good value, a range of sizes would be good.  I will have some brushes for loan.
  • A couple of old magazines
  • Palette
  • Masking fluid - removable not permanent
  • roll of cling wrap, sponges and masking tape
  • rags

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