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Watercolor Birch Trees: Resist or no Resist -that is the Question taught by Paige Tighe

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March 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm CST


In this class we will make two paintings of birch trees; One exploring the uses of masking fluid and resists, The other using the white of the paper to create white spaces. Traditionally watercolorists used just the paper to create all colors of their paintings. New tools have come along. Let’s try both ways and see what inspires you.

Featured image courtesy of Christa Treichel.

Supply list:

Surfaces: Bring two pieces of 140# watercolor paper to class. Cold press preferred but hot press is ok. Choose a paper size: 5×7, 8×10, or 9×12

Tape these down to a foamcore board or masonite board. If you have a block of watercolor paper you can use that instead. Just tape off the space to approximately one of the sizes mentioned.

Paint: Bring your favorite watercolor set. If looking for a new one. QoR is my favorite. Daniel Smith has some great sets. Any will do. 

Brushes: Bring a mop brush or a large # 12 round brush. A # 2 or #4 round detail brush. And for your masking fluid toothpicks, a chopstick, or an Incredible Nib tool. 

Masking Fluid: I prefer Holbein masking fluid but any brand will do. Pebeo or Incredible Mask work well. 

Pens:  a clear glaze pen by Gelly Roll. If you want you could try a light blue or green one also.

Have a cup of water to clean brushes. Or a tri-washer if available.

Paper towels for clean up. 


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Paige Tighe is an artist, educator, and curator. Paige’s art focuses on painting large scale watercolor florals and paintings inspired by their mediation practices. They have a BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Minnesota-Morris. They have an MFA in Public Practice Art from Otis College of Art and Design. Currently, as an arts educator, Paige teaches through St Paul Community Education, Wet Paint, and through her own studio. She looks forward to co-teaching the Women’s Art Institute in the summer of 2021 at St Kate’s University.