ONLINE The Enchanted Meadow - Starts Thurs 1st December 2022 at 2pm
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demos live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of the classes in this series for 30 days. Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Thurs 1st December 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Thurs 8th December 2pm - 4pm workshop demo
Thurs 15th December 2pm - 3pm feedback & follow up session
This LivePlus™ online workshop is ideal for beginners and improvers alike, although some experience of using watercolours or gilding techniques would be an advantage.
If you enjoy the fairy-tale qualities of illumination you will love this class! Students will learn how to design a painted Acanthus leaf foliate spray to surround a delightful meadow creature.
Inspired by the unique and surprising miniature paintings in historic illuminated manuscripts, Heather will guide you through dry and moist brush painting techniques to create these whimsical miniatures. Guides will be provided for the meadow creatures whilst you create your unique foliate spray. The colours and meadow settings can be adjusted for each season.
Although this class assumes some background with watercolour and gilding techniques, any level of experience can be guided through these techniques. You will be surprised at what you can create! These adorable creatures are a delight to create, and the process is peaceful and meditative. Let’s unleash the magic of the Enchanted Meadow
It is up to you whether you work along with Heather, or simply watch and learn. After each workshop demo you will be given a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Mechanical pencil any size
- Either a light box or tracing paper with 3B pencil and repositionable tape
- Graph Paper or Gridded Journal
- Kneaded Eraser
- 140 lb. Hot press watercolour paper, cut to 5x7 size. We will use 2-3 pieces in this class
- Note taking supplies
- Paper towels, an old kitchen towel or old washcloth
- Two small water-dishes
- A handheld magnifier can be very helpful in this class
- Straight pen holder with a medium stiff nib such as a Gillott 404
- McCaffery Brown Ink or Ziller Buffalo Brown Ink (Copic Multiliner 0.3 Sepia marker may be used for this step if you are unable to get the brown ink)
- Small pointed Round Brushes: Size 1, 0 and 00. You can use sable or synthetic brushes if they have a good point and are small. The bristles on my brushes are about 5mm long or shorter.
- one sheet of 23K gold leaf
- small scissors to cut the gold leaf
- gilding medium such as Miniatum ink
- synthetic brush, or Size 0 Taper Point Clay Shaper for applying gilding size to small areas
- You may substitute Gold Gouache or Watercolour for the gilding
John Neal sells a dot card of all of my favourite colours Daniel Smith watercolours which includes the must have colours listed below. The dot card is the most economical way of investing in supplies for this class, especially if you are new to watercolour. It will provide all the paint you need for the Enchanted Meadow animal as well as the flowers and foliage. Most Meadow creatures are painted in a progression of brown tones.
The” Must have” colours for the Enchanted Meadow Animal are:
- Quinacridone Gold
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Titanium White
You will also need some other colours for the florals and foliage that surround your Enchanted Meadow animal. We can make any colours work so bring what you have. I suggest having some green, blue, yellow, red and purple along with the brown tones.
- Small white china plate for mixing paint (you may also want to dispense tube paints into a watercolour palette)
- Water dish
- Kitchen towel or paper towel
Links to suppliers
Scribblers Calligraphy Supplies
Jackson's Art Supplies - Finest Art Materials