Fearless Watercolours for Beginners

Date and Time: Friday, October 22 from 10 until 4 p.m. 

Location: Fort San near Fort Qu’Appelle (A mystery location! All will be revealed when you register)

Covid Considerations: Our venue is spacious, and our group will be small so that we can spread out. Please bring a mask. I will be in touch with each person participating to come up with a plan that we can all feel comfortable with.

The magical element in watercolour painting is the water. Water is like spirit – who knows exactly how it is going to flow or where it is headed? Combine water with beautiful pigments and colours, textured or smooth paper and your brush and see what happens.

This beginner’s PLAYshop is designed for those who love the look of watercolours but who are  afraid to try painting with such an unpredictable medium, or for those who may want to see if watercolours is a medium they would like to explore further. Or maybe you would enjoy a day of guided play in a relaxed atmosphere? No previous experience is necessary. For ages 12 and up.

Play, exploration, and asking the question “What if (I tried this)?” will be central to our discovery of this exciting medium. Through a variety of guided exercises we will explore different brush techniques, wet on wet, colour mixing, glazes, washes, resists, and working with edges. We will finish our day by centering ourselves and creating a watercolour mandala (a visual prayer) using many of the techniques we have learned.


As painting requires our whole body, as well as our mind, heart and spirit, we will do simple stretching exercises throughout the day.

Bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, water and snacks will be provided.

Cost: $100 per participant. *A deposit of $25 is required to confirm your registration. In the event of cancellation due to Covid or for another reason, your deposit will be returned.  If you do not have materials, the materials you will need for the day can be provided for an extra $25.00. Please register by  text (306) 331-9719 or e-mail at poachedeggwoman@gmail.com.  E-transfers are accepted to the e-mail address above or cheques can be  mailed to Box 128, Abernethy, Sask. S0A 0A0. *NOTE: There is a sliding scale for PLAYshops that I host – you can pay from $0 to the stated cost. Please let me know if you want to use the sliding scale when you register.

Materials needed:

3 tubes of watercolour paint – red, yellow, blue

1 size 6-8 round watercolour brush (other brushes can be borrowed from me)

1 sheet of 140 pound Arches paper (cut into different sizes) or 8 sheets of 9 x 12 watercolour paper from a pad (140 pound)

Masking tape

Pencil, eraser