Monday, August 5, 2019
Cottage Hobby House, 12th and M, Anacortes, WA

brushstrokes of firs; wet and dry paper

Because we learn to write with a pencil or pen, students of watercolor often need to LEARN how to use their brush. We have found that spending some time with a special focus on brush handling  pays off in being able to paint with grace and comfort. Spend a day practicing, and reward yourself with some delightful small paintings or cards.

Learn how to hold the brush, how to say it simply, how to apply the right amount of pressure to get thicker and thinner lines.

Learn how to capture the gesture of different kinds of trees, how to do the simple, 3-stroke people you find on streets and in crowds,  how to do larger figures, 3-5 stroke birds, simple 2-3 stroke buildings.

There will be plenty of time to practice.  You may want to make some simple cards with your new skills.

No matter how much work they are, many believe watercolors should look somewhat effortless. Much of creating the illusion of ease comes with skilled brush work. Learn how it is done.


Bring you different brushes, pointed and flat.  The bigger, the better.   We will use nothing smaller than a #10 round, and a 1 inch flat.  Your rounds need to be able to come to a point.  I like the white sable (synthetic) but there are other good brushes so bring what you have.  I particularly like the Taklon™ bristles for the 1″. A number of manufacturers use them.

If you have some big drawing paper you can bring it for practice.  I will try to get some.  You may use your watercolor pads that I usually don’t encourage. For cards you may divide Arches paper into the right size.

Paints: just bring your regular palette, + 2 water containers; a roll of TP. Lunch.


Brithday Bird by Nancy Farrar-Coughlin

Location: Anacortes, WA

The Cottage Hobby House,12th (the street to the ferry) and M. The first light on 12th after the turn off of Commercial (main drag) to the ferry. Turn right and immediately into the alley behind the Hobby House.  Parking is off the alley.

It is a light, airy pleasant space in which to work.

Hours:  10:00 to 3:00 

…with a half hour break for lunch.  Coffee, tea, microwave and refrigerator. Best to bring your lunch.

The class is limited to 12.






You may pay the full amount, $70 when you register, or the non-refundable deposit of $50 to hold your place and pay the balance the morning of the 9th.

Please send your deposit to

  • 1309 27th St
  • Anacortes, WA 98221

Include your name, address, phone number, plus email – carefully printed.

Questions: 360 298 2641 or email Caroline,