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Carnival Mask with Sue Bradley

With your host John

Join watercolour artist Sue Bradley for this short and fun 1 hour Art Class webinar to paint and explore a carnival mask. * Details below * Broadcast live from England on 11 January 2022.


**See Reference photo and recommended materials below**


Join Sue to learn techniques that will be an introduction to those used in the upcoming longer workshop. Using Wet-on-dry and wet-in-wet techniques, Sue will teach you about hard and soft edges using warm and cool colours. You will learn the technique of scratching-out and also how to create a sense of movement using splatter, splash and ‘dripping’.

N.B Please try to have the sketch completed prior to the session.

Useful links:

Reference photo


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• PAPER: Watercolour paper in at least 200lb weight unless you wish to stretch a lighter paper; or use a watercolour block. Sue uses a Saunders Waterford block, high white NOT surface paper, but Bockingford is an excellent, less expensive alternative. Size approx.12 x 9 inches would be perfect for this exercise.

• PAINTS: Sue mainly uses Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton and Schmincke. Cotman are a less expensive alternative. Quinacridone gold, Winsor yellow, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, transparent orange. White gouache paint or Chinese white.

• BRUSHES: watercolour brushes, a medium round with good point (size 6 – 8), finer detail brush (size 2 or 3), a fine rigger brush. Sable brushes are best for watercolours but modern synthetic ones can be effective and are cheaper.

• OTHER: A drinking straw, a waterproof black pen with fine tip (e.g. Faber Castell PITT fineliner pen), Palette, Sharp twig or toothpick for scratching paper, masking fluid or masking fluid pen (e.g. Pebeo drawing gum pen 0.7mm nib), Drawing board to tape paper to (if not using a block), water pot (2 if possible), HB pencil, kitchen towel.


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