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Make Masking Work in Watercolour


Thursday, November 7-28    6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Julie Drew

Masking fluid is a brilliantly useful addition to any watercolour practice – if you know how and when to use it! Improve and diversify your watercolour capabilities with this series of exploratory classes centred on masking fluid. Each evening brings a new topic, with examples from different genres to illustrate the many ways you can use masking fluid to enhance your paintings.

Week 1: Masking tools & texture

Week 2: Masking & shades of white: creating subtle colours to blend with the masking (waterfall examples)

Week 3: Masking in layers (floral examples)

Week 4: Masking with soft edges (sky example)

About the Instructor:  Julie Drew was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Despite her city upbringing, she was always attracted to the beauty of nature — mountains, oceans, animals, and flowers. Early on, art became a way for her to capture and participate in that beauty. She gained a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, in 1987. In 1997, Julie moved with her family to Edmonton. Julie teaches handmade papermaking, watercolour, acrylic, and coloured pencil/ drawing classes for adults, youth, and children. For Julie, art is an exploration into God's creation, an adventure into the depths and nuances of colour, light, shadow, and shape. It is her passion. She continues to pursue new ideas and loves to combine art and worship. Julie’s website:

Supplies: Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Masking fluid: Small bottle liquid mask + Pebeo High Precision Mask Marker + Schmincke fine-point dispenser mask (blue or white)

Paper: 1 sheet artist-quality Cold Press 140lb watercolour paper torn to 5x7” or 7x11” pieces

Other supplies: 2H pencil + eraser, green tape, cardboard for mounting 2 of your small pieces of paper side by side, small spray bottle

Bring your choice of watercolour paints and brushes

Optional: Art clothes, hand-/tea-towel, notebook, snack, drink


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