About Spring Magnolias Workshop...
This class runs entirely online, so offers you the perfect way to learn and explore, developing your art and creativity in your own home, in your own time.
I have put the workshop together as a series of lessons that you can fit into a busy schedule. ( Each section is no longer than 30 minutes-although you CAN binge watch them back to back if you like!)
You can work following alongside me, or you can view the lessons and techniques to apply to your work later. (Most people find a mix of both works best).
When you register for the course you will also be invited to join our private Facebook group where we can share work,ideas and progress and I will be checking in often to answer any questions and see your wonderful creations in progress! This will be a dedicated nurturing community of creatives built around Sujati Art Studio workshops,where we can share and support each other at all stages of our artistic journeys.
Who is this class for? This class is suitable for all levels of experience. Techniques and instruction are designed to inspire and support anyone seeking to create their own art.
How do I access the lessons? Within 48 hours of registering you will receive an email to the address you used with your access password and full instructions on how to access the lessons. Class is self-paced and opens with full access to all lessons on June 22nd 2019.
Do I need high speed internet? Yes-you will need a steady internet connection to view these lessons.
How long do I have access to class? This course will be available until 31st December 2022 for online viewing and you can also DOWNLOAD the lessons to keep and use your favourite techniques forever ! ( Don't worry, I will send out expiration reminders so you have plenty of time to do this!)
Can I share my access password and lessons ? No-I've worked super hard to create this class! Please do not share the password to give others access. it is intended for your personal use only. Thank you.
Can I change my mind for a refund? No- once you have registered and have the access password I am not able to offer a refund.
Can I sell work created from this class? Yes! Absolutely! I would appreciate a mention or a link if you would be so kind, but please feel free to share and sell your class creations!
Class is now OPEN
Full access to all lessons £30
Lesson Videos can be downloaded too!
BASIC SUPPLY LIST IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS>>>
I recently spoke to a lady interested in the class who was a complete newbie and was feeling a little overwhelmed by the full supplies list and how to choose from the suggested alternatives, so to help simplify things for anyone starting out from scratch this is a minimal list of supplies which might be useful!
Sketchbook or loose drawing paper, ideally A4 or larger.
Favourite drawing pencil of your choice.
Water spray bottle ( I use an old hair product sprayer, a plant spray is also fine!)
Pot of clean water.
Large old brush for gesso, medium flat brush, small or medium round brush. I use nylon, unbranded, budget brushes for this project.
Substrate for main lesson-I use a budget canvas, but this can also be PRIMED* heavyweight paper, wood or card.
*must be primed well with gesso to prevent buckling when wet*
Old plastic credit or store card.
Acrylic matt medium
Paint Palette - doesn't need to be a special art palette, an old plain white or grey plate or saucer is fine, or I often save and use the plastic tubs that snacks or fruit is sometimes bought in!
Paper towels or rag.
Collage papers-you don't need much, magazines, old books, letters, tissue, serviettes etc can all be utilised.
EITHER a leafy stencil or two (this can be purchased or you can cut your own from paper which may not last but would be fine for this project) or a foam stamp or a sponge ( makeup sponges are cheap, useful and can be cut for different effects)
Water soluble crayons or pencils - at least one deep pink, two greens ( light and dark) and one yellow.
Acrylic paints* - recommended white, light green, pale pink.
*if you are starting out you could also substitute these using matt emulsion match pots in similar colours, which are very budget friendly!*
NON SOLUBLE drawing pencil. I recommend an oil based pencil , they can be purchased singly from most good art supply shops. Any choice of burgundy,brown,purple,carmine shade would be fine.
(please note I do NOT recommend a standard graphite drawing pencil , the sheen it creates and the chance of smudging dull greys into your lovely fresh colours is not suited to this project)
Full Supply List
Below is a list of the EXACT materials that I used for this class alongside a suggestion of suitable alternatives. Only the basic supplies (marked with a *) are real essentials and you may well have your own ideas and favourite tools. You can also watch the video lessons first for techniques and then decide whether you want to buy some new supplies for a specific approach-you may well find you have suitable supplies already in your stash to have a go with!
If in doubt please feel free to drop me a message for advice. It is certainly not intended that you have to rush out and buy a load of expensive supplies in order to complete this class-as much as I love new supplies I definitely encourage using what you have before making a trip to the art store!
For Lesson One :
*Sketchbook or loose smooth white paper*...whatever your preferred drawing paper for making initial studies, along with any pencil or pen that you are most comfortable with. I used smooth white cartridge and a 4b pencil. At least A4 size is recommended. Keep it simple!
Creating The Main Piece
*Substrate* : I used a budget quality non-branded canvas around 10" x 12" in size .
Alternatives : Cardstock, mixed media paper, hot pressed watercolour paper. These will all need priming well to accept lots of layers without buckling. Also primed wood panel, mdf panel and canvas board would all be suitable alternatives. I would recommend you work in a similar size or slightly larger than I did.
*Brushes* : You will need a selection of brushes in a variety of widths and sizes. I use unbranded nylon brushes-you do not need expensive specialised paintbrushes for this class. At minimum a small round brush, and a couple of slanted or flat 1/2" inch brushes along with a larger,cheap flat brush for applying primer will be sufficient ( a small 1" or 2" soft household paintbrush would also be fine for primer)
*Water and Container * : At least one jar or pot of clean water, refreshed as needed to keep brushes clean,
*White Gesso Primer*: It is essential to prime your substrate as we will be applying some watery layers.
Alternative : Household matt emulsion paint ( preferably white or very subtle light shade) can be substituted successfully, particularly on a sturdy substrate such as wood or canvas.
Old Credit or Store Card : Used for spreading paint and gesso.
Alternative : A household paint scraper, stiff card or plastic tub lid cut into a similar size will also create a similar effect.
*Acrylic Matt Medium* : I used Golden Soft Matt Medium Gel.
Alternatives : Any preferred brand of matt medium, budget brands will work just fine! It is also possible to use PVA glue as a very cheap alternative, but this does dry to a shiny surface which can cause further layers to behave very differently on a sealed glossy surface so for that reason I recommend a matt medium is necessary for this class.
Clear Gesso Primer : Seals surface prior to added layers and marks .
Alternative : You can use also your matt gel medium to seal layers .
*Water Spray * : I re-use my spray on hair product bottles! Also easy to utilise a plant spray bottle.
*Mixing Palette* : Of your choice, any non-absorbent surface is fine for this course.
*Paper Towels or Old (clean) Rag*
*Papers for Collage* : I used a mix of scrap papers from my stash. Any papers from magazine,old books,gift wrap ( not foiled) is fine-you don't need a lot!
Stencils : I used tree/leafy shapes, but use what patterns you have . If you do want the same,you can find similar to mine here :
and here :
Alternatives : You could use a sponge or foam stamps to create your own effects, or even cut your own stencil designs.
*Selection of water soluble crayons and/or pencils and water soluble markers* in assorted shades of fresh greens, bright yellow, burgundy and pinks-plus a peach or flesh tone and a light ochre would be useful too!
I used :
Neocolour 2 Water Soluble Crayon, Olive, Jade Green,Salmon
Stabilo Woody Pencil, Yellow
Derwent Watercolour Pencils, Crimson Lake (20), Raw Sienna (58), Deep Cadmium (6)
Derwent Aquatone Crayons, Burnt Carmine, May Green,Sap Green
Tombow Water Soluble Marker, Burgundy and Ochre
You do NOT need all of these crayons ! A selection of WATER SOLUBLE CRAYONS OR PENCILS in a similar palette will be fine.
*Acrylic Paints* You will need White, Yellow, Light Green/s, Pale Pink or Lilac.
I used :
Daler Rowney System 3 Pale Olive Green 368
Dalery Rowney Cryla Indian Yellow Hue 643
Daler Rowney System 3 Titanium White
Daler Rowney System 3 Silk Purple 404
*Coloured Pencil* : A NON-soluble coloured pencil in any shade of Carmine,Burgundy,Deep Pink or Purple/Brown is fine. You only need one of these but can use a couple of shades if you have them.
*NOTE* - I do NOT recommend standard graphite sketching pencils for this lesson, it will disappoint you by comparison !
I used : Derwent Artist Pencil Burnt Carmine and Derwent Artist pencil in Gun Metal.
Oil Pastel in Deep Pink : Entirely optional! I used Sennelier no 77, Deep Madder . You could also use a water based crayon in a similar colour.
Protective Varnish : When your masterpiece is complete you may wish to protect it.
I recommend using artist's quality matt finish for this project ( rather than gloss ) to allow the textures to remain visible.