"Watercolors:Beginning to Intermediate– Mixing It Up"
5 weekly classes w/ Joe MacKechnie

DATE/TIME: Wednesday afternoons, 2-5pm
5 classes: Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, and 21

COST: $185.00 for all 5 classes or $45.00 per class 

REGISTRATION: Sign up with Joe directly via email:  joe@netos.com -  call 206.930.4101 - or online www.jlmackechnie.com/workshops


Watercolor is one of the oldest and most revered painting mediums since man first picked up a brush.  Used by the ancient Egyptians, mastered by Chinese and Japanese artists and later advanced by European and American artists, watercolor remains one of the most challenging mediums to learn.  While it has been said that watercolor has a mind of its own, it has also been said that it seems to have magical qualities not matched by other painting mediums. In this 5-week series, artist Joe Mac Kechnie will show you:

  • Back to basics: the Western European-American approach 
  • Notans, brushwork, meditation: the ways of the East 
  • East meets west: combining American and Asian techniques
  • Enhancing a so-so painting with new watercolor products
  • Enhancing a so-so painting by combining ink and watercolor
  • Watercolor Rescue: Materials and Techniques

Whether you are just starting to explore this wonderful medium, or are an advanced student of watercolor, this series will have something for you. 

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

Drawing Materials:

  • #5B or 6B drawing pencils
  • Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils (light blue and dark blue)
  • Kneaded eraser

Palette:  I use the Masters plastic folding palette. You can also use other palettes.


Synthetic watercolor brushes work well.  Silver Brush, Connoisseur brushes and Princeton all make good quality, affordable brushes.

  • Flats: 2-inch, 1/4-inch, 1/2-inch (optional)
  • Rounds: No. 8 round
  • Specialty: 3/8 inch dagger – by Connoisseur
  • Sumi all-purpose brush, #3
MacKechnie The Waiting Watercolor and Ink 24x18.JPG
  • *Liner/script (#1) Optional – by Connoisseur
  • Old tooth brush



  • 2 sheets 140 lb., Arches Bright White, cold press
  • Sumi-E paper – either 9x12 or 12x18 pads


Qor Watercolor Introductory 12 color set (this is very affordable and has a great color selection).  Additional colors:  Cobalt Tea, Titanium White

  • If you are buying colors individually contact Cole Art Studio and they will email you the individual color list. 


We will be using inks for drawing and defining value and detail in our watercolor paintings.  There are two types of inks, water soluble and permanent:

Mac Kechnie, WC and Ink, Old Panama City.JPG


Permanent Inks and Pens:

  • Sharpie - Extra Fine Point pen
  • Higgins Waterproof Black India Ink, 1oz Bottle

Water-Soluble Inks and Pens:

  • Speedball Elegant Writer 4-pen Calligraphy Set
  • Professional Grade Black Sumi Ink, bottle or tube  

A lot of optional Stuff:

I keep a lot of odds and ends available when I paint, things I might need for convenience or to create texture or make corrections. It’s up to you if you want to bring these things.  For example:

  • Set of soft pastels (Rembrandt set of 15 half sticks)
  • Sponges
  • Paper towels and soft tissues
  • Painter's masking tape
  • Two large water containers; one to wash the brush and one to rinse
  • Watercolor masking fluid
  • Palette knife
  • Medium size water spray bottle
  • ½-inch foam or gator board large enough to mount ½ sheet watercolor paper (20”x24”)
  • Small 2” inch mixing dishes for mixing and pouring watercolor (like baby food jars)
  • Small desktop easel

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio the day of class! Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service! (To ensure your order is filled, please order as early as possible.)We also have a variety of art supplies relevant to your class here at Cole Art Studio.