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With your classes you've inspired me beyond belief. I'm creating art in ways I never dreamed I could!
Lana Qualey
Mackinaw City

For any of the following classes, please call for more information: (231) 627-8069 (home) or (231) 818-6365 (cell).

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In my home studio and garden (Between Mackinaw City and Cheboygan):

I’ll be teaching new projects and page layouts with an emphasis on nature journaling—combining drawing, painting, and writing instruction. It’s fun, it’s low-stress, and it’s great for beginners or established sketchbookers who want to add something new to your journals. Supply list is on my website. This will be concentrated into a two-day class to fit more easily into your busy summer schedule. June 21 and 22, 10-4, bring a lunch. Cost for this class at my home and garden is $149. Please register with me by calling my home phone, (231) 627-8069 or my cell phone (231) 818-6365 or by emailing me at or by sending a check to me at P.O. Box 855, Mackinaw City, MI 49701.

Another WATERCOLOR NATURE JOURNALING class will be taught at Mission Point Resort on beautiful Mackinac Island on August 30 and 31, 10-4 with an hour lunch break. (See previous paragraph for details.) Please register with Mackinac Arts Council director on their website ( or by phone at (906) 984-4124.


MACKINAC ISLAND CLASSES: Manoogian Art Museum will be the site of four evening classes (6-8:30 p.m.) on June 13 (lilacs), July 17 (geraniums), July 18 (sailboat), and August 15 (hollyhocks). Each is a completely separate class. Everything for these classes is supplied—you don’t need to bring anything. It’s a good way to try watercolor painting without investing in any supplies, and it’s a wonderful way to spend an evening of your vacation on beautiful Mackinac Island. These classes are sponsored by the Mackinac Arts Council which subsidizes the cost to keep it low—only $10. These classes will fill quickly so register soon by calling (906) 984-4142 or register on their website,

TAWAS CLASS: An Introduction to Watercolor class is scheduled for August 8, 2018 from 10 till noon at the Tawas Bay Art Gallery at 302 Newman Street in downtown East Tawas, Michigan. All supplies will be furnished and the cost is $35. We will be painting pretty hollyhocks that morning. Call the gallery to register for this class: (989) 362-5613.

PRIVATE GROUPS: I am available to host a group in my home studio for a class that I call “A Gentle Introduction to Watercolor Painting.” I will furnish all supplies for this class and you will leave with a painting that you’ve created suitable for an 8x10 frame. Cost is $35 per student with a minimum of six students. Call for more information and to arrange a date for you and your friends. (231) 818-6365.



Watercolor Paint in tubes: Purchase a "professional" or "artist" grade of paint, not a "student" or "academy" grade. There are many brands of paint. What you use will affect your success. I recommend Winsor & Newton (NOT the Winsor & Newton Cotman version), Holbein, or Daniel Smith brands. Colors needed: Alizarine Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine (blue) or Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Sap Green or Sap Green, Winsor Green (BS=Blue Shade) or Pthalo Green. That's 7 tubes of paint total. Buy the smallest tubes you can find to start with.

Watercolor Brushes: Synthetic; Round #2, #5 or 6," and #10 or 12. This is an assortment of small, medium, and large brushes.

Watercolor Paper: Arches 140 lb. cold press. You can purchase large sheets and tear them to size desired (I will teach you how to do this in class) or buy an Arches watercolor block. I will have sheets of Arches paper in class for you to purchase for $5.00 per 22"x30" sheet. As with paint, there are many brands of paper.

Watercolor Palette: Medium size, plastic, with a cover that can be used as a mixing area.

Eraser: A kneaded eraser (doesn't leave little eraser shavings)

Water containers: Two cottage cheese cartons work well—one for clean water, one for used water.

Sponge: A new kitchen sponge (buy at grocery store).

Pencil: A regular #2 lead

Reference photos of things you might like to paint

A large tote bag to carry your gear. (You do not have to buy a new bag—use one you already have.)

*** To make it easy for you, I have registered this supply list with Cheap Joe's Art Supplies (a catalog/online store). Just give them my name and they will know exactly what I have specified that you will need. You may buy all or part of the things on this list from them.

Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, 1-800-227-2788,

I suggest buying your supplies as soon as you register for the class to allow for any backorder situations.

Please call me at (231) 818-6365 (Cell) if you have questions about this list or about using supplies you might already have.


Journal with heavyweight paper (140 lb. smooth paper). I use Stillman & Birn Zeta Series, 5x8, hardcover, spiral bound sketchbook. Strathmore Visual Journal is also a good one.

Small palette: I use a Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box by Sakura, 24 colors. Bring a large size zip lock plastic bag to hold your palette after a painting session.

Brush: I use the waterbrush that comes with the Koi Kit, or you can buy a travel watercolor brush size 6

Water cup with screw-on cap. Must be leak-proof.

Pencil with #2 lead

Kneaded eraser (doesn’t leave marks or eraser debris)

Correction pen (white ink)

Pigma Micron pen, black ink, point size 03. You may also use 01 or 05. Your pen MUST contain permanent ink

Paper towels, 3 of them folded into squares in a sandwich size plastic bag.

Small tote bag to hold these supplies (you may use a plastic grocery bag)

A foldable chair to sit on while painting

You may want to bring a stool to place your supplies on while you’re painting.

Some of these materials may be substituted with things you already have. Please contact me with questions about this:
Phone: (231) 627-8069 – home;  (231) 818-6365 – cell

I suggest buying your supplies as soon as you register for the class to allow for any backorder situations.


I will be doing some watercolor demonstrations at Artists Market on Mackinac Island: June 15, June 29, July 13, and August 17 (all Fridays) from 2-4. I always look forward to seeing friends and customers at these events, so please stop in and say hello!





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