ONLINE CLASSES INFO

Q: I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE WITH FLORAL DESIGN OR WATERCOLOUR. IS THIS CLASS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS?

Absolutely! We’ve desiged this class with the beginner in mind. Don’t worry if you’ve never had any experience with florals or painting, the workbook and videos are broken down into simple, easy to understand steps so you can follow along at your own pace. We have included an extra tutorial on watercolour materials and basic techniques so please check that out first before diving into the floral lessons. If you would like even more instruction for beginners, please take a look Stephanie Fehrenbach’s online watercolour course found here: http://www.stephaniefehrenbach.ca/online-classes/

Q: WILL THERE BE AN IPAD VERSION AVAILABLE?

YES! We are currently working with Karin from @ipadlettering to create a versions of all our classes for iPad users. We will update you further on this as soon as we have more details.

Q: I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME FLOWERS AS LISTED IN THE CLASS.

That’s totally fine! Don’t feel you have to find the exact flowers featured in the design. Our aim with this course is to inspire you to create your own arrangement that’s unique to you. Get outside and forage for your own local branches and florals! Our process will show you how to create a design from the ground up, using nature as your guide.

Q: MY PAPER WARPS AND DRIES WITH UNEVEN BUMPS. HOW DO I FIX THIS?

Since we’re painting with so much water to create the loose florals, the paper absorbs all the excess water and will dry a little unevenly. Using good quality paper, at least 140lb, or a “watercolour block” where the pages are glued on the sides will help with this issue. However, your pages will probably still need to be flattened once they have dried. Here is a free tutorial video for how to flatten artwork: https://vimeo.com/294874920/23742de24

Q: I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME PAINT MATERIALS THAT YOU USE IN THE CLASS.

Don’t worry! You can use whatever paints and materials are easiest for you to find and are within your budget. Quality materials are wonderful, but you can still get plenty of enjoyment out of the class and learn the techniques without copying exactly what is used.

Paint

The names of paint colours can differ between brands so just look for a yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and green. Try to find tube paints rather than a dried palette if you can. We find the colours are more vibrant and easier to mix when using paint right out of the tube.

Brushes

Round Watercolour Brushes with a pointed tip and short handles work best. Size 0, 6, 10/12, 16/20 make a great set, but the sizes don’t have to match this list. Just look for a small, medium, large, and x-large. We will be using the size 0 and size 6 for most of the paintings. The shape of the brush is important as it helps us create the rounded look of the flower petals and foliage, and the pointed tip helps to draw fine details. The short handle is easier to hold while painting.

Paper

140lb cold press paper (Arches and Fabriano are the best!) Any brand will be fine but make sure it is at least 140lb paper or you will have trouble with the paper pilling and warping a lot. If there is one area to splurge, getting some good quality paper will make the most difference in your painting!

Palette

Try to find a larger palette with lots of wells for mixing your colours. A plastic palette is a great and inexpensive option! They do come with a coating when they are brand new and it can take a little time for it to wear off. To remove the coating: scrub it with a sponge or let your paint mixtures dry on the palette before wiping them off. A white ceramic plate will also do the trick!

LIVE WORKSHOP INFO

Q: I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE WITH FLORAL DESIGN OR WATERCOLOUR. IS THIS CLASS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS?

All our classes are rated “E” for everyone! Whether this is your first workshop or your fifteenth, there is plenty to learn. The instructors will be certain to adjust content according to your skill level.

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO CLASS 

If there is a floristry portion to the workshop, a pair of pruners and/or flower shears and a pair of scissors will be required. We also recommend that all students bring a notebook/pen and an apron. If the workshop is being held outdoors, it is essential that you check the weather forecast and pack accordingly. Sunscreen, bug spray, umbrellas, water bottles, sunglasses, antihistamines etc. could help make your time with us more pleasant.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? 

Flowers and paint can get messy. Wear something that you won’t mind getting dirty. If the workshop is outdoors, please consider the weather and dress accordingly. Boots are a must if you will be flower picking (even when the sun is shining, the fields can be sloppy). We also recommend garden gloves for pick-your-own classes.

Q: DO I GET TO KEEP WHAT I MAKE?

Yes! You sure do!

Q: WILL THE WORKSHOP BE CANCELLED IF IT RAINS?

Classes with a pick-your-own component will be rescheduled only if there are thunderstorms in the forecast. Flowers love the rain!

Q: ARE CLASSES REFUNDABLE?

No, but they are transferable if you can find someone to take your spot.