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Watercolor & WC Pencils Workshop with Chris Blevins – Native

May 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Why not throw a little paint around as a fun Mother/Daughter, or Mother/Son, activity for Mother’s Day!?  We’ll be playing with watercolr paint, watercolor pencils, and cling wrap for this fun, NW Native American-inspired project.

I’m offering two ticket types for this event

Pay $85 upfront via credit card.
Pay $20 upfront via credit card and $60 cash at the event. This means $5 off for you. Yay! This is a CASH only discount and does not apply to payments via check or credit card.

Please note, supplies are not provided. If you don’t quite have all your own supplies yet, I have two suggestions:

Shop at Art on the Columbia!  The region’s first, and very awesome, fine art supply store.   Or, let me know and I can set you up with what you need to use in class.  $20 materials usage fee.



PAPER.  A quarter sheet of 140lb, cold press artist quality watercolor paper (15×11).   Bring some more paper to tear into smaller pieces for practice/play scraps. If you want to wait to “tear” your paper at class, I’ll show you a couple of my favorite ways to do so. Art on the Columbia carries Arches brand paper, which will work just fine. Please do NOT buy any of the Strathmore tablets or spiral bound watercolor paper from craft stores. They just don’t work and are a waste of your money.

PAINTS.  In general, Artist Quality  or professional gradepaints, such as Holbein or Daniel Smith. Once again, please do not buy paints you can get at the craft stores, CostCo, Walmart, etc. You will waste your money!  OK, off my soapbox. On to the paints…

If you would like to emulate the color scheme shown in the example above, here you go.  Otherwise, just choose your own color scheme!

  • Daniel Smith Green Gold (an absolute fave color of mine; would never be without it)
  • Sap Green (Holbein or Daniel Smith)
  • Daniel Smith Indanthrone Blue
  • A magenta of your choice (Holbein or Daniel Smith)

Cling wrap (yep, like saran wrap).  Also, salt as in sea salt.  Coarse or fine, depending on the size of texturual effects you might desire.  Coarse for larger, Fine for smaller.

Watercolor pencils.  Get decent ones like Derwent brand, or whatever Art on the Columbia is carrying.  A small set is fine to start.  I will have a couple of my big sets with me in case you need to borrow a specialty color.

BRUSHES. Bring what you have. If you’re still stocking up your watercolor gear, these are brushes I’ll be using to demonstrate and would recommend.

A good mop brush. The Silver Black Velvet brand makes great mops. The Medium or Small size would work for this project.

A #8 round, brand of your choice. The Princeton line is more price friendly and is carried by Art on the Columbia, but my favorite is the Silver Black Velvet.

A #4 round.  And maybe also a #2.   I’d recommend the rinceton or Jack Richeson 9000 series to keep things more price friendly.

Or bring what you have!

PALETTE. Art on the Columbia has a few types to choose from

MISTERS/SPRAYERS.  A small mister with finer spray and regular household size sprayer

BOARD. Art on the Columbia carries a couple different types.  For this project, if you don’t already have one, you might want to invest is in plexi board.

Paper towels

Two water buckets. Recommend clear/see through.


Art on the Columbia
830 N Columbia Center Blvd, Suite B2
Kennewick, WA 99336 United States


Chris Blevins and Art on the Columbia
Text: 509-430-8633