Well we’re all the way in week 4 of Dion Dior’s fantastic Mastering Twinkling H20′s class and there’ve been sketching lessons, color theory and some great tutorials on technique. I’m enjoying this class so much and it truly is clearing up so many of the mysteries about why Twinks do what they do (and sometimes not what you want them or expect them to do!)
These are some of my sketchbook pages from the class. I so wish my camera could capture the shimmering color and play of light from the mica and pigment.
Some of the pages are better than others! These pears turned a little muddy, thanks to mica playing with pigment and creating a different color blend than I expected. The thing about Twinks is that the mica is not white or clear… no, it’s sometimes colored and that can create problems with blending and mixing that you wouldn’t normally experience with flat watercolors.
This is why you need to take Dion’s class. Because, she explains all this and how to work with and around it. The projects are simple and fun.
We’ve got another week of new material coming (I actually have two weeks because I’m a week behind!) and then it’s just up to us to take what we’ve learned and make it our own. Basically it means I get to practice practice practice! If you are interested in working with Twinks, Dion has opened up early bird registration for the next session (starts in October) of Mastering Twinks I, and if you love painting, then you should totally get in on the fun!
I’m starting an online lettering and watercolor class taught by Val Webb this week and am definitely hoping to combine some twinkling color into some of those lessons and projects. Though I’m also really looking forward to working with the suggested M Herman watercolor pigments on our supply list – they’re made with honey! Soooo supple and velvety to paint with.
You know, just starting another art class, while singlehandedly packing a 3 bedroom house, five cats and a metal studio and then moving across the state in 24 days.
Like ya do.