Attend one of Fully Booked’s workshops of course. Signing up
was an impulsive decision, but I really was looking for something to do that
day anyway so I went.
The best part, upon entering the third floor of Fully Booked’s
workshop area, was when I saw that we were only 12 students that day, I knew
that I was bound to learn something because the teacher can focus on her
students. The bad thing was other students would know that I suck since they
will hear everything.
I was the first one to arrive and the table assigned to me
was already arranged with art materials ready to be used. I was glad that they
provided us with brushes, watercolors and paper since I would’ve probably
bought the wrong things if they didn’t. I didn’t know the brands or even the
watercolor types, apparently, they were plenty!
We started a bit later than scheduled because some of the
students were late. But in no time, we were discussing the different techniques
in watercolor painting and the brush stroke types. We were given plenty of
papers to play with where we had to paint on boxes with the different
techniques. We were encouraged to use different colors to see how the paint
behaves in water and paper. I got the hang of it, but of course, I was also
told that I was painting on the completely wrong side of the paper, the whole
time! Apparently, I was painting on the smooth side, and we were supposed to paint
on the rough side of the paper—which definitely makes a difference to the
behavior of the paint and water! I had to catch up after I realized my mistake.
And then we proceeded with painting an apple. Simple enough
right? I mean what could be harder than painting a fruit that requires only one
color, red, and maybe a brown for the twig? Wrong. Apparently, we can use
yellow, white and even brown on the apple itself. We were also told not to
paint the whole apple and leave some dry areas for the “lighter part.”
I was thankful at the teacher and how she kept the pace
steady. She would visit me from time to time and check if I was keeping up. Everyone
in the class had their own experience with art, oil painting, and even sculpting,
and I was the only student who had no prior experience or whatsoever with a
paint brush other than the one you can find in Adobe Photoshop.
In no time, we were painting a vase with a flower on it. The
flower, at least I know how to draw and paint, the vase was completely new
however. How do you exactly make a translucent material without white paint?
This, we learned, was trial and error with the brown, blue, and water. I had to
go through different mixes before I got the color that I wanted, and by the
time I came up for air, everyone else was drawing a breakfast table. Darn it.
It was, by far, the most complicated thing to do. We were
handed a photo each, it was a photo of a table with many breakfast meals and
with so much color that I knew would take me more than a day to finish with my
pace. Thankfully, the teacher told us that it will really take us some time to
finish that painting to it will be a take home work. We were given the basic
colors on what to use each meal, but the teacher told us to explore the
mixtures ourselves, that way, not only will we get the hang of watercolor
painting, we might also be able to discover different color mixtures we can use
on our own someday.
I’ve been painting since July. I’ve bought many papers, but
from time to time, I get stuck and put everything away, out of my sight. But I
really think that I did learn a thing or two, and I’m glad that I did sign up
for that workshop. I’m not ready to show anyone my recent works, but I think I
can pat and tell myself that I’ve improved from painting on the wrong side of
the paper, at least!
Photos from Drawing Board Workshops Facebook Page