Painting ink and watercolour on textured canvas

All participants receive a copy of Liz's book


This course consists of three modules from my longer ‘Painting in watercolours on canvas’, packaged together for the artist who is already working in watercolours on canvas. You might not need the basics, but you are looking to take your art further.

We will prepare a highly textured surface, then go on the explore how ink behaves on the surface before painting a beautiful pair of kingfishers.

What's included in the price?

1. Introduction - is this the right course for you? This course is intended to be as close as possible to sitting next to me in my studio learning from me. It is for those who have already painted in watercolour on canvas. If you haven't you will benefit from my longer course 'Painting watercolours on canvas', which will take you through everything from what is watercolour ground, to sealing your paintings. This course takes three lessons from the longer course which are of particular interest to the more experienced artist and makes them available without the parts you already know.
2. Creating a textured canvas - how might you start to take your watercolours further? By working on a textured surface. I show you a few ways of achieving an interesting surface, though no doubt you will think of plenty more! The one we are concentrating on is using tissue paper to make highly textured canvas which is perfect for landscapes, seascapes, architectural subjects and animals.
3. Ink and watercolour - using waterproof Indian ink as an under painting to our watercolours is a way of overcoming the challenge of the layering. We explore how the ink behaves and then use the textured canvas to create a beautiful study of two kingfishers.
4. Sealing and finishing - how can we protect, frame and hang our work to show it off? I will take you through different varnishing options and introduce you to cold wax medium too.

What you will need

An off cut of mountboard prepared with three layers of watercolour ground to experiment with ink upon
Canvas - 50x50cm narrow edge canvas (or choose your size)
Tissue paper - acid free, white, sufficient to cover the canvas
PVA glue - acid free
Watercolour ground - of your choice
Applicator and container for glue
Waterproof Indian ink
Fineliner pigment ink pens (eg Microns) in a couple of sizes eg 0.7, 0.4mm
Watercolours - I use tube due to the size of the canvas, but if you have pans, please use them. Artist quality is my preference: phthalo blue, turquoise, French ultramarine, quinacridone gold, quinacridone Sienna,
quinacridone magenta
Brushes - large round (size 16), medium round (size 8), rigger (size 2)
Water pots, spray bottle, kitchen towel, pencil, eraser


Liz Chaderton at Liz Chaderton Artist

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


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