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Watercolour Bootcamp with Susie Murphie

Course overview

Enjoy sharpening your watercolour skills in this two-day workshop. Susie will address the many mistakes that are so easy to make in watercolour and how to avoid or fix them. And she will teach you how to make your work have more impact and confidence. All while having lots of fun. She will teach you how to control your tone, how to mix colours with subtlety and how to apply the paint so it always looks beautiful and transparent. She will also cover basic and effective drawing.

Susie uses an limited palette of six colours and large watercolour brushes in everything she does. Still life, landscape, flowers, travel sketching will cover a lot of subjects and learn the right way to apply paint so it always looks beautiful.

This two day bootcamp will make a big difference to your watercolour painting skills.

This watercolour painting class is perfect for absolute beginners or those who have previously enjoyed Susie’s workshops and wish to learn tips and techniques for painting with the tricky medium of watercolour. You will come away with a feeling of wonder and addiction to this extraordinary watery paint and be confident that you can tackle anything.

What to expect

In this course you will:

  • learn how to keep watercolours transparent and beautiful
  • learn tips and techniques for drawing for watercolour painting
  • learn about painting a variety of subject matter with watercolour from still life to flowers and landscape using a loose style that does not concentrate on a lot of detail.
  • practice working with a limited colour palette to achieve brilliant results
  • develop your ability to tackle all sorts of subjects with confidence.

Is this course right for me?

Suitable for students with some watercolour experience who want to gain more skills.

What other students say about Susie

_[Susie] taught the class enthusiastically with a great sense of humour and plenty of hands on feedback and encouragement. I had lots of fun too and she helped me let go of some of my apprehensions about watercolour application with her individual approach. It was the best art workshop I have ever attended and I was thrilled with what I accomplished that day! _


  • Pencils HB, 2B
  • eraser and sharpener
  • Watercolour paper cold pressed (medium surface/tooth) - pad of A3 or A4
  • Your watercolour paints, brushes and palette
  • Old tea towel, soft cloth or paper towels
  • Masking tape or clips

Susie recommends the following Winsor and Newton paints which are affordable and excellent quality to ensure you get optimum results:

  • Winsor and Newton watercolour paints: French Ultramarine Blue; Quinacridone Magenta; Quinacridone Gold; Burnt Sienna; Raw sienna. (small tubes are fine)
  • Large watercolour palette – if unsure, just bring a large white plastic or ceramic plate
  • Watercolour Brushes size 12 and 16, Synthetic round pointed brushes are available at Bunnings craft section for under $5 each and are excellent. You will not need small brushes.

Maximum of 10-12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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