Artist Jane Beata

2023 Workshop 4

Colorful Watercolor Sketchbooking

Started November 6, 2023
Let’s get all the colors out! Join artist Jane Beata as she shows you how to fill the pages of your sketchbook while focusing on 4 subjects: botanicals, animals, landscape and portraits. Jane will cover at least 3 fun examples from every subject with different approaches and levels of difficulty for students to pick from. In those lessons Jane will introduce basic watercolor techniques and how to apply them (wet on dry, wet on wet, glazing, color lifting, masking) as well as watercolor special effects (salt, alcohol, splatters, granulation). You’ll learn how to apply effects in unexpected ways and use them to create mesmerizing paintings regardless of skill level. Ultimately, this workshop will focus on inviting you to experiment with your sketchbook and create a regular painting habit.

Started November 6th, 2023

Lesson 1: Watercolor Botanicals


We'll explore botanical and floral ideas in your watercolor sketchbook with 3 different subjects; dandelions, sunflowers and poppies. Rather than trying to create a perfect painting, it's all about practicing different techniques and searching for ideas.

Started November 13th, 2023

Lesson 2: Watercolor Landscapes


Let's fill the next few pages of your watercolor sketchbook with landscapes and scenery. We'll paint a magical forest, a lavender field and an architectural scene all while remembering our sketchbook is a safe zone to experiment with different approaches.

Started November 20th, 2023

Lesson 3: Experimental Animal Sketches


We will explore creating three unique animal-themed pages: constellation animal silhouettes, a stylized colorful elephant, and a mystical lion portrait. The goal is to experiment, so in this lesson we'll see what is possible with some new techniques and media.

Started November 27th, 2023

Lesson 4: Stylized Watercolor Portraits


We'll explore not only how to create a watercolor portrait, but how to stylize it in a colorful and fun way to create vibrant page spreads in your art journal.

Workshop 4 Supply List


Watercolor Paints:

Instructor uses both watercolor pans and tubes. Below is Jane’s exact color list for the lessons, though you can use any similar color palettes.

  • Daler-Rowney Aquafine Watercolor Studio Half Pan Set, 48 colors
  • Daler-Rowney Aquafine Watercolor Tubes:
    • 065 Payne's Grey
    • 112 Coeruleum Hue
    • 135 Prussian Blue
    • 264 Vandyke Brown
    • 363 Olive green
    • 375 Sap green
    • 413 Permanent Mauve
    • 414 Quinacridone Magenta
    • 515 Alizarin Crimson Hue
    • 619 Cadmium Orange Hue
  • MaimeriBlu Watercolor Tubes:
    • 084 Cadmium Yellow Deep
    • 098 Indian Yellow
    • 117 Golden Yellow
    • 167 Permanent Carmine
    • 226 Cadmium Red Light
    • 256 Primary Red - Magenta
    • 270 Dragon’s Blood
    • 328 Cobalt green
    • 333 Green Gold
    • 373 Cobalt Blue Light
    • 392 Ultramarine Deep
    • 412 Turquoise Cobalt
    • 417 Cerulean sky blue
    • 479 Potter’s pink
    • 484 Vandyke Brown
    • 514 Payne’s grey

Other Paints:

  • Maimeri Gouache, 018 Titanium White
  • Daler-Rowney Aquafine Watercolor Ink, 420 Ultramarine Pink (optional)
  • Daler-Rowney Goldfinger Metallic Paste – Green Gold for embellishments (optional)

Drawing Tools:

  • Lyra Rembrandt Art Design Graphite Pencils, HB and 2B
  • Lyra Kneadable Eraser
  • Lyra Rembrandt Aquarell Watercolor Pencils (any similar colors will work):
  • Vermillion
  • Deep Carmine
  • Chrome Yellow Deep
  • Chrome Green (Moss Green)
  • Cobalt Blue Light
  • Blue Violet (any purple or blue works)


  • Princeton Aqua Elite:
    • ⅜” Dagger (this or the Neptune Dagger)
    • ¼” or ½” Stroke
    • Fan 4
    • Long Round 8 (optional)
  • Princeton Velvetouch:
    • Round 2
    • Round 6
    • Round 8
    • Princeton Lauren Liner 2
  • Neptune:
    • ¼” Dagger (this or the Aqua Elite Dagger)
    • 1 ½” Mottler
    • ½” Square Wash
    • ½” Oval wash (optional)

Other Tools:

  • Spray bottle with water
  • Binder clips or metallic clips
  • Kitchen salt
  • Alcohol (at least 60%, I use either ethanol or disinfectant)
  • Washy tape and masking tape (thicker)
  • Paper towels or old cloth towels
  • Porcelain plates / palettes or other surface for mixing paints
  • Sponge

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