Celebrate the Season: A Daily Holiday Painting Practice
Beginner | 4 hours 19 min
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Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with artist, author, and teacher Maria Carluccio while she guides you through her colorful and whimsical world of watercolor. Each prompt you paint will feel like opening a new gift each day. In this daily practice, Maria helps build your confidence with watercolor and reminds you that painting is like a conversation that you and your watercolor have with each other. Learn how to a create complete compositions with very simple shapes, use your sketch as a reference rather than painting directly on top of it, add details with ink and colored pencil, and imagine traditional holiday themes in charming and unexpected ways. Sled down a giant book, hang twinkle lights on an elephant, and find out who has been stealing all the candy canes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Fluid Watercolor cold press paper block. (Blick art materials) 8x8 -Or- Canson 7 x 10 spiral bound pad
  • Black Japanese Sumi ink (Amazon) or Higgins black ink (if you can’t get the Sumi ink)
  • Crow Quill dip pen
  • Porcelain painting palettes (preferred)
  • Water container
  • Paper towels
  • Sharpened pencils (2B, HB)
  • Eraser (standard)
  • Bamboo Reed pen
  • Salt
  • Assorted color pencils
  • Spray bottle
  • Eyedropper
  • Toothbrush (optional)
  • Assorted brushes; Maria suggests the following:
    • 1 medium sized Japanese bamboo brush
    • 1 Flat and wide Japanese brush
    •  2 larger “Flat” good quality brushes
    • 2 good quality smaller brushes for watercolor
    • 1 Medium reg. watercolor brush
    • 1 Medium/small reg. watercolor brush
  • A pack of inexpensive assorted brushes for experimentation
  • Kuretake watercolor set; Maria uses the set of 48 colors but smaller sets are available as well
  • A standard aluminum watercolor palette to put tube colors in (Blick or Amazon)
  • Assorted tube colors; Maria prefers Windsor Newton or Academy and works with the following shades: Naples Yellow, Deep Yellow, Gold Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Carmine Red, Scarlet, Purple Madder, Rose Madder, Thalo green, Thalo Yellow Green. Sap Green, Cobalt Green, Prussian Blue, Turquoise/Cobalt Turquoise, Indigo, Brown Madder, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber/Vandyke Brown, Davy’s Grey/Payne’s Grey, Charcoal Grey
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Learn how to:
  • Build confidence with watercolor
  • Sketch ideas in pencil
  • Use your sketch as a reference rather than painting directly on top of it
  • Dab out watercolor
  • Use ink and colored pencil in your watercolor art
  • Experiment with linework using a Crow Quill dip pen and bamboo reed pen
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Class Reviews
58 users recommended this class to a friend
Loretta Erdmann
please continue to do monthly classes for watercolors.
January 19
JoAnna Crone
I can’t begin to say how much I loved this class! It was THE best thing about the holidays for me this year. Maria is a fantastic teacher with such a chill attitude toward watercolor. I learned sooo much! Please please please make another class!
January 9, 2023
Amy Kidder
This class really helped me to get loose and playful with watercolor. Maria, you are a stellar instructor and you make watercolor fun to learn. Thank you for sharing your skills with us.
January 7, 2023