Session 1: $25, 2-4 pm Pacific Time, Thursday, 10 Sep 2020, topic: Sunrise Joy!
Session 2: $25, 9-11 am Pacific Time, Saturday, 26 Sep 2020, topic: Crashing Surf: Learn how to create the effect of big waves crashing against rocks, and also an easy way to add small figures to your postcards for scale and interest (no drawing ability required!)
Session 3: $25, Friday, Oct 9, 5-7 pm Pacific Time (Saturday, 10 am – 12 noon, in Sydney)—Eggs in a Glass Bowl: fun with subtle color painting “white” objects, and an introduction to painting glass, $25
Session 4: $25, Saturday, Oct 24, 7-9 am Pacific Time (3-5 pm in London)–Dragonfly & Crow: Including animals on your postcards, even if you can’t draw animals; plus a bit more practice with negative painting.
Experience Level: open to all
Capacity: Maximum of 20 (must have 6 enrolled for course to run)
Paint along with a basic postcard and then learn to vary or adapt things to make more postcards.
We’ll be painting postcards similar to the ones in my popular YouTube Postcard Paint-Alongs, with a chance to ask questions and get help. Then you’ll learn how to take the techniques and ideas behind each postcard and modify or rearrange them to create new postcards of your own based on scenes from your location, travel photos or simply great travel memories.
I’ve heard your plea for more Postcard Club sessions, and more times. There are now three on the calendar for you to choose from. I’ve tried to make one at a time that is reasonable in Australia and New Zealand, and one that is reasonable in the UK and Europe. Whoo boy! I hope I can keep track! 🙂
NOTE: I occasionally get requests for paint-alongs involving things like portraits of people or pets, flower arrangements or wreaths, urban scenes and famous buildings, planes, boats, cars, trains, etc. This is not likely to happen. I primarily paint landscapes and details from natural settings. I do occasionally “zoom in” and paint an interesting leaf or flower or insect, or an architectural detail on a building, but it’s not likely I would design paint-alongs based on subjects I don’t normally paint. The skills you learn will translate to other subjects, but since these are paint-alongs, I’m going to be painting subjects that I enjoy putting on postcards. 🙂
If you are mainly interested in getting assistance with your own paintings of other subjects, you may wish to consider my Watercolor Skills Coaching course instead.
You may repeat this course as often as you like. Different postcards each time (until I run out of ideas, and then maybe we’ll “recycle”).
About supplies for Postcard Club:
I’m trying to keep this course simple enough for anyone to participate. You can do this course with just about any sort of watercolor paints, paper and brushes, even kids’ watercolors. The results are a little nicer with higher-quality supplies, but you can have fun with it, no matter what you have on hand. I cut up regular watercolor paper to about 4×6″ instead of buying ready-made watercolor postcards, because it’s cheaper that way, but you can certainly use the ready-made ones, too.
I often use a small spray bottle for postcard techniques. It’s great if you can find one that produces little droplets when you squirt lightly (instead of a fine mist). I have found that travel-sized “trigger” style spray bottles often work. Experiment with whatever you have around the house. If all you can find is one that makes a mist, no worries. That works, too; it’s just a little different look.
A painting support and some masking tape are handy for keeping your postcard from sliding around while you work. You can find instructions for making a lightweight painting support from cardboard and clear packing tape here. Or you can use a cutting board or clipboard or any other convenient waterproof surface.
Postcard paint-along techniques also work well for watercolor sketchbooks, so you can work in a watercolor sketchbook, if you prefer. Make sure to choose one meant for watercolor. Regular drawing paper doesn’t like getting wet!
We will occasionally use common household items like a coin, a jar lid or a piece of plastic film. I will email you several days ahead of time to let you know if you need to gather some household items for an upcoming postcard.