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Maria Coryell-Martin painting in the Cascades.

Adventure Sketching

Explore techniques for creating colorful and expressive sketches with ink and watercolor.

Online Workshop

Prepare for sketching on your spring adventures, whether out in your garden or up in the mountains! We'll explore techniques for creating colorful and expressive sketches with ink and watercolor.

I'll be hosting this workshop live from my studio. We'll be working with reference photos from some of my favorite outdoor locations in the Pacific Northwest.

On day one, we will practice energetic line work with fundamental tools for observation. We'll cover gesture and contour sketching, as well as tips for composition and creative page layouts.

On day two, we'll play with spontaneous watercolor, applying washes of paint to enliven our ink sketches.

This workshop will take place via Zoom. I will send out the link to join the Zoom session a few days before the workshop, along with some images and notes for preparation. After our workshop, you will receive access to a recording for review, as well as an invitation to the Art Toolkit Workshops Facebook group for additional opportunities to connect.

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I recommend having the following supplies:

  • Sketchbook: I recommend a minimum of 90lb paper for light watercolor/mixed-media use. I like Moleskine watercolor journals and Stillman and Birn Alpha and Beta softcover sketchbooks.
  • Waterproof Pen: I recommend a waterproof pen such as a Sharpie Fine Pen or Copic Multiliner. You may also enjoy a brush pen or fountain pen. I love the Pentel Brush pen and Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen. Other popular fountain pens for sketching include the Lamy Safari and Sailor Fude 55 pen. You can learn more about a selection of the pens I use on my blog.
  • Watercolors: please feel free to paint with what you have! The Essential Colors which include a warm and cool of each primary color is a great place to start if you are beginning.
  • Brushes: I'll demonstrate with travel and water brushes which I like for their portability and convenience.
  • Extras: clean paper towel (blue shop towels are my favorite). Optional: old toothbrush, small sponge scraps, spray bottle.

Here's a short video to take you to the North Cascades mountains, for an ink and watercolor demonstration. Enjoy!

What to expect

Art Toolkit workshops are live events that take place on Zoom. During the workshop, you will have a chance to ask the instructor questions. After the workshop, we’ll provide you with a link to a recording to review on your own time (viewable for at least six months).

We’ll be in touch a week before the workshop with instructions for connecting and additional information. Please remember to adjust for your time zone. Tickets are non-refundable, but we may be able to transfer your ticket to another student if there is a waitlist.

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