Spring Fling! Colorful Creations in Watercolor and Ink
w/ Susan Waite

One spot just opened up!

Date/Time: Saturday / June 1 / 10:30-4:30

Cost: $150
(plus optional $15 supply fee if you would like to use some of Susan’s supplies. See supply list below for details. Notify us when you sign up, so Susan knows how much to bring.)

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery   107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

Celebrate spring’s new planting season by growing your own watercolor creations!  This class is for watercolor newbies as well as painters who want to play splashy and loose.  

To get warmed up, we will see how varied brush strokes can do your work for you. Blind contour sharpie drawings with wet-into-wet washes on top will make way for painting directly without initial pencil drawings. We will use watercolor with fresh direct brushstrokes and ink embellishments to bring our spring flowers and produce to life.  Experiment making beautiful watercolor washes that can be given form with ink, or left to shine unadorned.  This is a good class to let yourself try new approaches and go with the flow! 

Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.

For optional $15 supply fee, you can use Susan’s palettes and paint, brushes, ink, bamboo pens and boards. You will still need to bring paper towels, tape egg carton (for propping the board), and any favorite flowers, vegetables or fruit you want to paint.) Please bring the supply fee to Susan at the beginning of the workshop.

Paper, either one of these two options:

·      2 sheets, 22x30 Arches 140 lb cold press. Susan advises that you can rip these into eighths with a straight edge provided in class.  Once you’re warmed up, you can paint on quarter sheets, or a half sheet - whatever you are comfortable with.


·      A pad or tablet of 9x12 Arches or Winsor Newton 140 lb cold press paper. Fabriano is a fine alternative to the above sheets.

Notes on paper from Susan:
- Susan likes to have a pile of smaller papers (about 7 1/2 x 11”) for warm-ups, and then move to larger quarter sheets (11x15) and then half sheets (15x22).
- Fabriano, Winsor Newton or Saunders 140 lb cold press papers are fine too. Make sure you get ARTIST GRADE - not student grade. That means, get the most expensive available in 140 lb cold press, but no need to get 300 lb.


  • Assorted flat (1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inch wide) 

  • Round watercolor brushes (sizes 4- 16)

  • One hake brush, 1 1/2 - 2 inch wide.

  • Optional: sumi brush if you have one - but not necessary. 

Susan’s favorite 4-5 brushes below (just fyi, not required):

  • Silver Black Velvet 1” flat wash brush (# 3014S)

  • Silver Black Velvet #16 round (#3000S), both carried at ARTspot

  • A smaller round brush, about #4-8

  • Hake brush - 1 1/2 wide

  • Maybe a rigger or liner

WC and sharpie 6.jpeg

Bamboo drawing pen (see note below)
- small size (should be under $10) 
twigs or reeds 

Inks, either one of these two options (see note below):

  • Black (non-gloss) small sumi ink bottle (water soluble)


  •  Black small India ink bottle (permanent)

- Susan has ink and bamboo pens you can use, so these are optional
- **You don’t want to use your good watercolor brushes in any of these inks**

 Paints: Bring your favorites - and include these:

One warm and One cool color of each primary, such as:

  • Cool Reds – One of these: Alizarin crimson, or Quinacridone or Permanent Rose

  • Warm Reds – One of these: Cadmium Red light or medium, or Quinacridone or Permanent Red light, or Vermillion or Pyrrol Scarlet

  • Cool Blues - Cobalt, or Winsor or Phthalo Blue (Green shade), or Manganese, or Prussian Blue

  • Warm Blues - Ultramarine

  • Cool Yellows - Lemon, or Cadmium Yellow light, or Aureolin

  • Warm Yellows - Cadmium yellow medium, or New Gamboge, or Indian Yellow


  • Phthalo (or Winsor) Green – yellow shade

  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange or Burnt Sienna

  • Orange - either Cadmium orange or Permanent Orange or Pyrrol Orange


  • Watercolor palette, covered. The John Pike palette is good, or equivalent

  • Support board

  • *Water container (quart size—not small ones)  Cole has many of these which you can use during your workshop.

  • *Paper towels or rags

  • *Tape

  • *Egg carton (to give your board some slant)  

* These last 4 items are not included in the optional supply fee.

Subject matter:  I will have LOTS of spring produce and flowers, but you can certainly bring your favorites.  Some ideas are artichokes, asparagus, garlic, onions, fruit, flowers, sea shells, little rocks …. Use your imagination - our materials lend themselves to painting all kinds of subjects. 

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.  Artspot's Web Site