All levels | 1 hour 23 min
Making art is one of the most powerful ways to use your voice and inspire others. If you've always felt passionate about certain causes but have been unsure about how that could translate into a visual piece, this class gives you a path to follow and an impressive tool kit of techniques. Artist, author, illustrator, and teacher Maria Carluccio guides you through the creation of two kinds of inspirational art posters, one in watercolor and one in collage, from ideation to finished artwork. Begin by making a mind map to refine your themes and ideas. If you choose to work in watercolor, Maria will take you through your initial sketch, then how to use a light table while painting, plan your color palette, and add graphite, colored pencils, and gel pens for detail. If you choose to work in collage, you'll make your own collage paper, learn Maria's process of making a paper frame as a guide, and use magazine cut outs, washi tape, stickers, and ephemera in imaginative ways. No matter what themes you choose or materials you work with, you'll be sure to create an inspirational poster you can proudly to share.
Light table Canson watercolor paper, cold press, 11x15" Scrap paper pieces for color tests and lettering examples Sketching paper Porcelain painting palettes (preferred) Water container Paper towels Sharpened pencils (2B, HB) Eraser (standard) Bamboo reed pen White gel pen Assorted brushes: 1 medium sized Japanese bamboo brush; one flat and wide Japanese brush; two larger “flat” good quality brushes (medium and smallish); 2 good quality smaller brushes for watercolor; 1 medium regular watercolor brush; 1 medium/small watercolor brush A pack of inexpensive assorted brushes for experimenting Kuretake watercolor set A standard aluminum watercolor palette for tube colors Tube watercolor in the following colors: 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 Materials for lettering explorations Bamboo reed pen X-acto knife and straight edge/ruler White gel penFor the collage poster- Assortment of paper ephemera, such a old magazines, colored paper, patterned paper, and tissue paper Washi tape Hole punches in various sizes Scissors Construction paper in various colors Colored pencils Various colors of markers Old envelopes with cross hatch and subtle patterns inside Learn how to:
Here’s what you’ll need:For the watercolor poster-
- Create two kinds of inspirational art posters - one in watercolor and one in collage
- Make a mind map to generate ideas and choose themes
- Sketch ideas
- Use a light table while painting in watercolor
- Incorporate graphite, colored pencils, and gel pens with watercolor
- Lead the eye into different focal areas of your work
- Create your own collage paper
- Make and use a mat frame
- Transform your favorite papers, magazines, and ephemera into objects for collage
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37 users recommended this class to a friend
Maria taught me an interesting way to use Washi tape that I would never have thought of.
I enjoyed watching Maria's creativity with watercolor and paper collage. I'm inspired to explore with a themed watercolor painting and paper collage of my own.
May 9, 2023
Really fun - although i don't think we all have the gift of "drawing" like she does - for example, cutting out a cat - I think i could stumble through or find a pix of a cat. She is very talented and I got some great ideas!
May 6, 2023