Experimental Watercolor Painting Techniques

Live from Pescara, Italy

Watercolors can be powerful portals to new worlds. On Saturday April 17th, surrealist artist, printmaker and sculptor Colleen will guide you step by step in the delicate world of watercolor and open you up to other more creative approaches of this versatile technique.

In this session, you'll discover how water and pigment can interact in fun and easy-to-follow steps, to create landscape paintings from your imagination. By using salt, rubbing alcohol and twigs you can add texture and accents to bring out forms and shape out elements triggered by your imagination. Abstract work is the starting point to unleash your creativity.

All levels are welcome and there is no prior experience required. There will be plenty of time to share, get feedback and meet other participants from around the world.

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What you'll need

Watercolor paper, masking tape, a water spritzer bottle, watercolor paint in tubes, paintbrushes, clingfilm and tissue paper. Have a hairdryer handy. OPTIONAL : salt (coarse type), rubbing alcohol.

How to join

We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We'll send the link and details to join via email 1 day and again 30 mins before it begins.

About Colleen

Colleen is a surrealist printmaker and sculptor whose work reflects her love for buildings and architecture. After learning and teaching across the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Saudi Arabia, Colleen now lives in rural southern Italy, working with monotypes to get fresh images directly on a plate; woodblocks to work with several layers of color and etchings for varying textures and applying different inks. Her biggest project to-date is a twenty-year multimedia exploration of Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities. These days she's creating experimental prints using alternative materials and textures, and when she is not printing, you can find her dreaming up cityscapes by sketching, painting, or working with clay!

Visit her artist page to learn more about her in-person VAWAA.


"Great course - really clear and enjoyable - really good to have the follow up session as well" - P.

"It was good that we were able to draw along with Colleen in the session and that we were given recordings of the session so we could revisit the things we learned. I enjoyed doing the homework too. I would definitely sign up to more." - Clara

Sessions are ticketed to support artists, makers and our small team. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please reach out. We may have a generous participant who has paid it forward and would ask that you pay the love forward by sharing online sessions with 3 new friends.