Thursday, 9 June 2016

First Party Coming Up!

My first Watercolour Painting Party is coming up this Saturday and I think I am a bit nervous! It has been some time since I have taught a group of beginners and I have never before worked in this type of format. I THINK I have everything ready.
I have made some cards for the painters to use as guides and I have done faint drawings of their choices on 1/4 sheet of Arches 140 lb paper.
I have prepared small palettes with the basic colours they will need. I am a firm believer in a limited palette and mixing colours but I felt that these beginners needed a few extras to make their work a bit easier. I also have groups of the brushes I think will work best.
I have a bunch of paper towel cut to a handy size, water containers and spray bottles all ready for the big day.
I have a 'cheat sheet' of Vignette Guidelines and some evaluation forms. I have painting boards all ready for the paper and enough tables and chairs for everyone - me included!

Now all I can do is hope for good weather so that we can enjoy nature and bird song while we have our Painting Party on the covered deck.


  1. That's going to be a blast for everyone, Val - you included! Way to go.

  2. I read Leslie Saeta's post, "How to know if you are ready to teach." And Val, I think you are well prepared to teach! Thanks for sharing so much of your process with us :) Looks like it will be a blast, and I know they will learn a lot from you :)

    1. Thanks Sheila. I read Leslie's post too and thought - yup , I can do that! But there is always a little bit of 'stage fright' before each new venture. The weather forecast is for rain so I have set up in the house instead of on the deck which is a bummer. I will try to take photos and post after the party is over. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

  3. Looking forward to seeing the after photos :)