Watercolour painting with Erica Just

Watercolour painting with Erica Just


Erica Just is an experienced artist, illustrator and designer who specialises in watercolour painting. Work include designs for textile fabrics, book illustration, greeting cards and original artworks of her paintings of grasses and natural forms. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Erica has taught drawing and painting at universities, schools and art groups throughout the UK.
Our workshops have been developed to provide a quiet day of creativity and gentle tuition and this class is specifically tailored to suit a range of different abilities with beginners being very welcome.

Watercolour painting is a fabulous medium to work with and can be approached in many different ways. The day is aimed as an introduction to painting with watercolour and to gain an understanding of the various papers, paints and brushes you might choose to paint with to achieve your desired effect. An insight into the various tools and equipment will be of particularly beneficial for those who have not painted with watercolours before. Composition and consideration to the mood of a painting will be discussed.

The morning session focus will be to gain an understanding of the basic materials and techniques and application of watercolour washes. You will produce a series of swatches to take away with you as guidance for you to refer to in the future.

After a break to get some lunch the afternoon session will be spent developing your understanding of the techniques to produce a series of small studies of natural forms. A pod, a shell, a flower.

There will be a selection for you to choose from but you are welcome to bring with you objects of your own. Erica will work with students individually and the emphasis of the studies is to experiment with a range of mark making skills and to gain confidence to continue to paint with watercolour.

Course highlights:
• Friendly, comfortable and well lit environment
• All tools and materials needed to complete your projects
• Generous table space
• Clear information and demonstrations

The course focus is always on fun and friendly creativity with lots of personal tuition from an experienced watercolour artist.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The course costs include materials, use of brushes etc and refreshments throughout the day.

You are welcome to bring your own lunch or alternatively, the shop is situated next to the wonderful Mulberry Tree Cafe where you can purchase delicious food at reasonable prices.


David Humphreys at Created By Hand


The Stables, Strelley Hall
Main Street,
Strelley Village, Nottingham

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
Jane McGregor - - #33465

A really enjoyable day with Erica. Its a shame we have to endure the partitioning and masks which do detract from full engagement, but perfectly accept that they are necessary to keep us safe in the pandemic. I learned a lot about watercolour, which was my aim for attending. Peaceful location and lovely lunch. A very worthwhile experience,

Response from Created By Hand:

Hi Jane
Thanks for the review

Yes it is a shame that we need to screen off each student in these strange times but it's good to know that they didn't affect your experience too greatly.

Hopefully in the near future this will be something that we can stop doing and return to the full tutor / student experience


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