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Watercolor Carving - Catherine Cote (CeeCee's Creations)

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Watercolor Carving - Catherine Cote (CeeCee's Creations)
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Are you looking for ways to ART more intuitively, to let your imagination run wild and unleash your creativity? 

This class will show you how to do just that. Don’t let the title scare you – no need for special sharp tools... the carving is done with one tiny brush .“Watercolor Soft Carving” is a term I came up with that best describes this technique I’ve refined after stumbling unto it by mistake while cleaning my watercolor brushes of excess paint. It’s a perfect way to recycle clean-up papers and rejected watercolor projects. And who doesn’t like to re-use?! Of course, you can also start from scratch. This is also a great technique to exercise negative space visualization. You’ll uncover little gems as you go further into your painting. The final outcome can be as abstract or as realistic as you want it to be. It’s all up to you and your imagination. 

Students are encouraged to share photos of their projects and ask me questions in a private Facebook group (Watercolor Carving Students Group). Remember, you can work at your own pace, whenever and wherever you feel like it – it’s available 24/7. 

I hope to see you in class!



The supplies you’ll need for this class are quite simple: 

·       Watercolor paper (at last 140lb – 300gm)

·       Watercolor paints – various colors of your choice, preferably artist grade or very good quality

·       Your favorite watercolor brush, any size

·       Shader brush with very short bristles, the smallest size possible – a good choice is the Royal Langnickel #2 acrylic shader #MSGE155-2

·       Black colored pencil

·       Dark brown colored pencil

·       White Signo gel pen or paint marker

·       A box of tissues

·       Water

·       Water spritzer bottle

·       Stabilo White Aquarellable pencil (optional)


That’s it.


Watercolor paper: You want a paper that is sturdy to accept many layers of paint and won’t absorb the paint too fast. I encourage 140lb (300g) or higher – 90lb will not be strong enough to support the “abuse”. Hot pressed or cold pressed are fine as well as any texture or finish (smooth, satin, rough). 

Watercolor paints:  I recommend using good mid-range quality paint or higher, like artist grade. The student grade paints have more fillers in them and less pigments so they don’t stain the paper the same way and are a bit dull. I have been using the following brands with good results: Van Gogh, Sennelier, Daniel Smith, Mijello Mission Gold, Winsor & Newton Professional, Kuratake Gansai Tambi. 

Colors: You can use any number of colors. I recommend at least 4 to different colors of your choice. Make sure to include black and white as well. Use your most favorite colors. 

Brush for the carving technique: The most crucial tool for this technique to work is a small flat brush with very short bristles. As mentioned above, I have a shader for acrylic paint by Royal and Langnickel and I also have one bought in a multi-pack for very cheap. 

If you have more questions, you can always contact me through Facebook or Instagram (creationsceecee) once the class opens.


For all OPEN classes: In your receipt will be a link to a page from which to download your classroom access information.This is the only class access information you will receive and the link expires, so please download and save it as soon as you have finished your purchase. If you do not find it in your inbox please check your spam folder and add us to your contact list. The receipt will go to the email address provided on the order. If you use Paypal Express the receipt goes to the email address associated with the Paypal account you use.

For all UPCOMING Classes: As above, you will also have a link in your receipt but it will give you the date the class opens and how you will receive your class access.

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