Workshop: Layering in Prague with Vlad Yeliseyev

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Join professional artist Vlad as he takes watercolour layering to the next level and walks you through the painting of a scene from Prague. A 2-3 hour workshop, broadcast live from Florida on 18 Nov 2021.

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See reference and recommended materials below:


Vlad will expand on the the method of three layering stages in watercolour focusing on each stage's important values in this complete painting, step by step. You will learn brushwork technique most appropriate to each stage and how to control the edges in watercolour. You will look at consistency of watercolour mixes for each stage: amount of water, pigments and methods of application and the finishing touches and unifying washes.


Reference photo (taken in Prague by Vlad)

Painting Line sketch

The day before the workshop, you will be sent this image to sketch out prior to the event. Please draw it out on rough watercolour paper of your preferred size - from quarter to half imperial size. See below for further material recommendations.

Value sketch

An example painting by Vlad: (using a different reference photo)

Materials Top-Up

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Recommended materials

• PAPER: half or quarter sheet, or block approx. Size 15” x 20”. Vlad recommends "The Collection" Hahnemuhle** 140lb ROUGH paper


• PAINTS: cad yellow medium, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, transparent oxide brown (van dyke brown), sepia, alizarin crimson, cadmium scarlet, indigo, cobalt teal, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, royal amethyst (dioxazine violet), opaque white. Currently Vladislav is using American Journey watercolour paints.


• BRUSHES: Have at least three sizes watercolour brushes: No 8 to 14 (synthetic, all round) and sword brush. Yeliseyev Signature SWORD brush and set of 3 brushes (N0 10, 12. 14) Kolinsky Brushes (sable) No 12 and 16. Flat Brushes: oil short flat No12, long flat No7 or flat watercolour brushes.

• OTHER: Graphite pencils 2B, 4B; eraser; pencil sharpener. Mechanical pencils 0.7 leads HB and 2B. Water and water containers. Spray bottle - small with fine mist. Artist’s tape or masking tape. Drawing board or “plexi-glass” sized slightly bigger than your watercolour paper (if you are using watercolour paper in sheets). Paint palette 10” x 12” or bigger with at least three separate flat mixing areas