Anne Davnes - FLORA 1 (v4.0) - Ongoing

  • Anne Davnes - FLORA 1 (v4.0) - Ongoing
  • Anne Davnes - FLORA 1 (v4.0) - Ongoing
  • Anne Davnes - FLORA 1 (v4.0) - Ongoing
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Class Cost : $198.00 USD
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FLORA uses a combination of watercolor pencils and watercolors to incorporate drawn floral illustrations with flourished Open-Shaded Script. This is the latest version of the course for 2024 and is av…

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FLORA uses a combination of watercolor pencils and watercolors to incorporate drawn floral illustrations with flourished Open-Shaded Script. This is the latest version of the course for 2024 and is available as a self-paced course for a limited time. You'll have access to 8 sessions of 2.5 hours worth of content, instruction, and feedback. All materials are uploaded to a class folder on my Dropbox site for you to stream and/or download. FLORA (v4.0) 8-Week Self-Paced Pre-recorded Online Course 8 Sessions | All Levels | $224 | $198 w/ 10% discount

Flora was born on the heels of my course “Love, Fear, and Flourishing” after a solid year of working with students from all over, who saw (many of them for the first time) the freedom an oval provides when harnessing the power of the flourish and how it relates to our lettering. Flora is also a direct extension of “Mono Linear Lettering: Cursive Crush & Open-Shaded Script” in that we move closer to painting with the aid of a mono line celebrated with a watercolor PENCIL and awakened gently with a fine pointed brush. This two-step process is as pleasurable as it is fascinating and it is my deepest desire that you discover more of yourself in the gentle forms of curving leaves, folding petals, and sweeping stems, all along the oval paths of your letter forms and flourishes. FLORA is a feminine personification of the healing powers of nature, and draws upon the texture florae make available when looking for a way to fill out and make more dense, our work. FLORA is first drawn with our oldest friend, the pencil - that pressure-sensitive, soft, blunt stick we are all more familiar with than most - the tool we held as toddlers that made our first marks on paper - the beloved crayon, pencil, or colored pencil. The watercolor pencil’s unique gift is that it can be awakened with water, and not only that, but it can change when that water carries with it another pigment. We will use soft oval-shaped curves to describe absolutely every space-filling element on the page and with every stroke, you’ll find yourself allowing, as Mary Oliver so eloquently states, “the soft animal of your body (to) love what it loves.”

FLORA 1 (v4.0)
Anne Davnes
Prerecorded (Viewable anytime)
Class Cost : $198.00 USD
All Skill Levels

Supply List:

PL32. Derwent Inktense Pencil (your favorite colors)
S871-12in. Westcott Clear Acrylic Grid Ruler with Metal Cutting Edge
E09. Kneaded Rubber Eraser, QTY 2  
PL33. Derwent Graphitint Pencil (your favorite colors)
FP93-Fine. Pentel Aquash Waterbrush QTY 1  

Get at least one of these and if you’re feeling frisky, all.
• Crane's Lettra by Crane & Co. Fine Cotton 100% Rag. 32 lb. Writing in Pearl White. This comes in a 250 sheet ream and is WONDERFUL to draw and paint on, also luxurious to fold into envelopes. However, it's terrible for pointed pen. I buy this from The Paper Mill Store. com Any Hot Press (smooth) watercolor paper will perform very well. Below are brands I’ve used and liked. You’ll want to have at least ten 8.5 x 11 sheets of any of these. If you already have a watercolor paper you love or have, please don't feel obligated to purchase any of the below.
• Arches BFK Rives White Velin paper 19 x 26 sheets that I cut down to 8.5 x 11 or smaller. I love this paper because it’s thin, soft, and folds easily and isn’t as expensive as watercolor paper. Save the scraps for testing colors. Note that this paper is very unsuitable for pointed pen - so if you want to add pointed pen embellishments to your work, use a hot press watercolor sheet instead.
• Arches or Fabriano Artistico 140 lb Hot Press Watercolor Paper cut down to 8.5 x 11 or smaller.
• Southworth Resume paper. 100% cotton, 32 lb. in white or ivory. This is made by Neenah paper and is sold in reams of 100. Office Supply stores sell it, as well as Walmart and Amazon. Pointed Pen works well on this stock as well as watercolor, etc. Great for envelopes, too.

Watercolor Pencils: I use 3 brands for different purposes. Please note that you DO NOT HAVE TO BUY ALL OF THESE. If you take a look at the swatch samples I have, you can see some colors that are quite similar. One or the other will do just fine. You can also rely on your watercolor palette to provide and change colors you may not have in the pencil versions. Derwent Graphitint Watercolor Pencils These are soft and creamy neutrals. Get the whole set if you can. Colors I use most frequently are: Port (01) Steel Blue (06) Aubergine (03) Ivy (11) Autumn Brown (17) Cool Brown (15) Chestnut (13) Dark Indigo (04) Meadow (10) Other colors nice to have and that come in the complete full set: Green Grey (09) Sage (12) Slate Green (08) Shadow (05) Ocean Blue (07) Steele Blue (06) Russet (14) Cocoa (16) Storm (18) Mountain Grey (21) Cloud Grey (22) Cool Grey (23) Juniper (02) Warm Grey (19) Faber-Castell Albrect Durer Watercolor Pencils These are a harder and waxier pencil that I like because they make crisp, sharp detailed strokes. They keep a finer point and have a really gorgeous selection vivid colors. Refer to the swatches I built so you can choose between colors you find similar. Get the whole set if you can, but below are my recommendations: Colors I use frequently: Dark Naples Ochre (184) Light Magenta (119) Rose Carmine (124) Dark Red (225) Manganese Violet (160) Burnt Umber (280) Venetian Red (190) Deep Scarlet Red (219) Light Phthalo Blue (145) Juniper Green (165) Chrome Oxide Green Fiery (276) Raw Umber (180) Pine Green (267) Phthalo Green (161) Cream (102) Dark Cadmium Yellow (108) Walnut Brown (177) Blue Violet (137) Indanthrene Blue (247) Fuchsia (123) Madder (142) Middle Cadmium Red (217) Deep Red (223) Light Cadmium Red (117) Salmon (130) Ivory (103) Cadmium Yellow Lemon (205) Earth Green (172) Beige Red (132) Permanent Green Olive (167) May Green (170) Olive Green Yellowish (173) Light Red Violet (135) Dark Cadmium Orange (115) Medium Flesh (131) Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils These babies are INTENSE, soft, and V I B R A N T. You don't HAVE to buy the whole set, but these are colors I've enjoyed using. Again - please refer to the swatches I built so you can choose between colors you find similar. Spring Green (1550) Felt Green (1530) Light Olive (1540) Fern (1560) Leaf Green (1600) Ionian Green (1320) Violet (800) Mauve (740) Thistle (720) Fuchsia (700) Red Violet (610) Carmine Pink (520) Sicilian Yellow (220) Mustard (1700) Amber (1710) Tan (1720) Willow (1900) Sienna Gold (240) Tangerine (300) Mid Vermillion (310) Scarlet Pink (320) Poppy Red (400) Hot Red (410) Chili Red (500) Cherry (510) Crimson (530) Shiraz (600) Deep Rose (710) Dusky Purple (730) Deep Violet (760) Iron Blue (840) Navy Blue (830) Iris Blue (900) Dark Aquamarine (1210) Green Aquamarine (1220) Teal Green (1300) Iron Green (1310) Field Green (1500) Hooker's Green (1520) Oak (1730) Saddle Brown (1740) Baked Earth (1800) Madder Brown (1920) Neutral Grey (2120) Ink Black (2200)

White Ink/Paint Titanium white watercolor or gouache. Put a little dab of this in the corners of your mixing palette to create soft buttery light versions of any of your darker more intense colors. Watercolor Pan Set: (NOTE - IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE YOU LIKE, FEEL FREE TO USE IT INSTEAD OF THIS ONE!)
• Winsor & Newton Professional OR Cotman (student-grade) Watercolors Compact Set with 14 half pans. There IS a price difference between professional ($75) and student grade ($20). I’ve been using the student grade just fine. I’ll upgrade to professional in the near future. If you're thirsting for more watercolors, below are some I've loved and use. You don't need to get ANY of these, but I've listed them in case you want to expand your collection.
• Shin Han Extra Fine Watercolors. They come in tubes and are SUBLIME and rich - many of them are densely opaque like gouache. I purchase empty half pans that come with little magnets you can stick to the bottom of them before filling - then arrange them any way you like in a metal pan. Colors I have and love are: Pyrrole Red (813) Bright Violet (948) Umber (973) Phthalo Blue (Red Shade) (924) Payne's Grey (987) Cobalt Blue (922) Purple Grey (946) Lilac (944) Brilliant Pink (823) Jaune Brilliant (866) Davy's Grey (989) Turquoise Blue (904) Jaune Brilliant (865) Yellow Ochre (970) Permanent green (875) Horizon Blue (913) Green Pale (892) Cobalt Green (901) Shell Pink (825) Another well-known a beloved brand is Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors. I don't have very many of these, but I love the ones I have here. The two I use most are Buff Titanium and Duochrome Oceanic. Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet Quinacridone Deep Gold Jadeite Green Duochrome Oceanic Buff Titanium Sap Green Cobalt Turquoise Metallic pans are also fab. Make sure you've got a warm metallic (like a gold) and a cool metallic (like a silver/pearl.) I frequently use handmade paints from The Creative Kinds. My go-to faves are Neve (a dense white pearl), and White Gold (a dense, pale gold.) The other color besides gold and silver/pearl I use frequently is Finetec’s Blue Pearl - it shifts from a warm silver to an electric blue in different lighting. Neon Watercolors whether they come in pans or tubes, are (believe it or not) REALLY valuable to have. I like using them as a final touch to quietly layer dabs of the stuff on top of my work. They're transparent and really do add a rich vibration that nothing else can. I find them most successful when used sparingly for a subtle glowing effect.

• Pentel Aquash Water Brush - FINE. This is the cheapest and bestest most fabulous brush I have. I don't fill it with water, just love that it's sharp and snappy, keeps a point and can be protected by it's cap. GET the fine - it works best. And don't rely on other brands to do as good a job. This one really is the best.

• Mechanical pencil to line paper
• White or kneaded eraser
• Tombow Mono Sand and Rubber Eraser 510A
• Ruler
• Water container
• Paper towels or towel
• Washi Tape, bone folder, and postage stamps for envelopes
• Chocolate
• Dog Treats
• More Chocolate
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