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Folk Art Inspired Bird: Watercolor + Masking Fluid Project taught by Liz Carlson

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June 13, 2021 @ 10:30 am 1:00 pm CDT


Teens are welcome in this class!

Inspired by folk art, patterns found in nature, textiles, stamping, line work and color! 

In this one day workshop you learn to use masking fluid with a dip pen (no fuss or sad paintbrushes) while creating a fun, bright and bold bird to enjoy! Grab your favorite bright watercolor paints and some black for some striking contrast!

Some drawing experience is helpful.

Assorted watercolors, Instructor notes: I used Holbein Opera, leaf green and cobalt turquoise light and Yarka (fancy kind) lemon yellow, phthalo green, quin rose, and scarlet on my sample image. The black watercolor is Schmincke. I think black should be a featured color for that great contrast.
Masking Fluid such as QoR, Grumbacher or Holbein Masking fluid if you have it…it is currently on back order from manufacturer. The masking fluid should be fairly fresh/on the thinner side. If you have a bottle of masking fluid that is older than 1 year, please think about getting a new one for this class as they tend to thicken up over time.
G-nib. such as Nikko ( If you are buying fresh nibs, you’ll want to wipe them off with a dry paper towel before using )
Pen holder for your nib such as Speedball
A pencil (HB-2H) or .7 mechanical pencil to lightly layout the design.
Kneaded eraser to lighten the layout.
Rubber cement pick up to remove the mask at the end.
Cold Pressed watercolor paper 8×8″ ,140lb. such as Fluid 100 8×8 cold press block or heavy watercolor paper, 300lbs would be suitable for this project if you prefer.


Hair dryer to aid with dry time, palette or butter knife to remove watercolor sheet from block, small cup or jar with lids for dipping into masking fluid (or dip directly into the bottle). These are handy: Art Alternatives cups.

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