Hutchinson, Sonja – Textural Accents in Watercolor


Creating the textures and underpaintings in this workshop is messy.
Please wear old painting clothes and bring disposable gloves if you have them.

You will likely have most of these supplies on hand. However, the acrylic mediums used in this workshop may be new to you. Small amounts are needed and you can share these with friends if appropriate.


  • Two quarter sheets of 140# watercolor paper (11 x 15″ each)
    • I prefer Arches as it holds up well to these processes.
    • If you have paper on a watercolor block, that will work as well.
  • Paper towels, Kleenex or napkins
  • Old newspapers to protect work surfaces and for drying papers

Your regular watercolor paint/palette

Acrylic Mediums These items are found in the acrylics section at art and craft stores.

  • Matte Medium – you’ll need approximately 4 oz.
  • White gesso – 4 – 6 oz.

Brushes and mark making tools

  • Your regular painting brushes
  • One old  ½ – 1-inch brush you can use for mixing acrylic media and scrubbing
  • Sponges, scrapers, old credit cards, bubble wrap, rollers, stencils, stamps or other materials on hand.

Drawing Materials

  • Pencils for transferring your image/content to your painting surface
  • Tracing paper for placement planning


  • Gallon size plastic tub  (recycled ice cream buckets work well for this)
  • Wide-mouth container with lid (deli containers work well)
  • Your regular watercolor containers
  • Mist Spray bottle

Your reference material

  • Four or more images you may want to incorporate into your textured surfaces
  • Contour drawings work well with this process
  • Sketches, themes or concepts to explore.


  • A support surface slightly larger than your paper
  • Ruler, scissors, masking tape
  • Enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.

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June 15, 2019


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