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Workshop: A Portrait Study in Watercolour & Acrylic with Derric Van Rensburg

Join artist Derric Van Rensburg for this in-depth look at comparing two iconic mediums - watercolour and acrylic. A 2-3 hour workshop, broadcast live from South Africa on 17 August 2021. Visit our video library after the event to purchase or visit Derric's shop here.


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As a celebrated acrylic artist, most people don't know that Derric started out as a successful watercolourist.

This workshop will focus on painting a portrait of a Himba woman, in both watercolour and acrylic mediums on watercolour paper. It will focus on the contrast of light and shadows using both watercolour and acrylic with extra tips and tricks being revealed. The workshop will also include a colour mixing tutorial.

You can choose to paint along in watercolour, acrylic or both and will learn the positives and negatives of both. We want to challenge your preconceptions and inspire you to think differently. Prepare to have fun!

Preparation: no preparation is needed; however, you are welcome to sketch out the face (side by side or on two separate sheets of paper) in pencil beforehand.

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Recommended materials

• PAPER: Watercolour paper (> 360 gms). Recommendation is either 1 rectangular piece (≥60x40 cm), or two pieces (≥A4size). ( Derric will be using a single sheet of Saunders Waterford Watercolour Paper 638gsm Hot Pressed 56x76cm)

• PAINTS: Any acrylic and watercolours paints with the approximate colours mentioned below.

South African acrylic brands include Zellen or Schub. International brands include Lukas or Daler Rowney. The table below lists the paint pigments needed (examples given in two different brands).

Acrylic Paint Brand

Acrylic Colours

Zellen [local ZA product]

French Ultramarine blue

Cobalt Blue

Naphthalene red (Naphthol)

Arylamide yellow

Titanium white


Lukas Cryl Studio [German]

Ultramarine blue

Cobalt blue (hue)

Cadmium red light/deep (hue)

Cadmium yellow (hue)

Titanium white

International watercolour brands include Cotmanr Winsor & Newton or Daniel Smith.

Watercolour Paint Brand


Daniel Smith

Perylene Scarlet / Cadmium Red

Hansa Yellow / Cadmium Yellow

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

• BRUSHES: Flat nylon brushes (e.g. 1/4, 1/2, 1, 1.5, 2 inch), Rigger brush (no. 1 if possible), no. 10 or 12 round brush (brush is round but has a point).

You can use the same set of brushes for both watercolour and acrylic (clean in between). Otherwise, you can have 2 sets of brushes.

• OTHER: soft pencil (4B / 6B), palette sheet / glass /small white board (to mix colours on), an old towel (to dry and clean brushes), a small container with warm water (to rinse watercolour brushes), stiff cardboard (similar to picture frame mount board) which will be cut into rectangles with scissors during class – otherwise a palette knife, an old credit card, Stanley blade.


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