Beginning Watercolor with Pen & Ink

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Beginning level. How to use traditional pen & ink techniques to render a rose in a botanical illustration style with watercolor to finish.

This is the class many of you have been asking for. It will start at the very beginning. We’ll consider drawing concepts where I teach you how to see like an artist and translate shapes into your own line drawings on the page. (art element: lines and shapes) We’ll progress from there to work up our drawings with ink and consider ways to add dimension to our subject (art elements: value and form) And we’ll add watercolor to our work while exploring all the properties of the medium that make it so unpredictable and wonderful. (I’ll make it less unpredictable for you!)
This class will use the Rose as a vehicle for working with contour lines to create turning petals which you can use when you draw/paint other botanical objects, i.e. leaves, that also are not flat but turn in lovely ways.

The rose image here is our inspiration piece. We will use traditional pen and ink techniques to render it and then we will bring it further to life with watercolor.
See my supplies list at my website for information on the right paper and pens to use at

In order to participate in this free class, you must email with your interest in participating so that I can send you the Zoom invitation link to enter class at the appointed time. Email me at
Also I will send you some other supporting documents such as a printable copy of this image and a traceable one as well in case you really do not want to bother with drawing it out by hand. That is fine! Whatever works for you. If you trace down the main lines of the rose from the traceable drawing, that is still an excellent starting point for the line work we will add that will take the image to the level of a botanical illustration. Please indicate your interest early so that you can receive the materials in time to work with them.

It is your responsibility to know how to use the Zoom functions to participate in class. The class officially starts at 10 am Pacific Standard Time. If you are new to Zoom, my suggestion is to logo on to the class at the earliest possible time (9:30 am PST) so you can practice a little and get the bugs worked out before we begin at 10 am PST.
Once class starts, students will be muted so as not to interrupt the demonstrations.

There will be lots of demonstration and time for you to work along with me.
You will get a flavor for how I teach which has been successful for many students of all levels.

Email me with questions. I can be reached at

July 29 2020


Date: July 29
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR 97086-97299 US

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