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Janet Takahashi - Exploring Simple Color Palettes

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Color is a significant force in creating design and controlling mood. Janet will present her step-by-step system to enhance your pen work by infusing color. Learn how to create dynamic effects, harmony, and unity using a limited color palette. With brush and pointed pen, we will paint Louis XVI-inspired acanthus leaves while exploring four+ different color palettes: Delicate, Bright, Southwest, and Renaissance. The study charts you create will free you to select colors on future projects without time-consuming guesswork. Note: A $15 materials fee will be collected at the beginning of class (cash, or check payable to Janet Takahashi). All students will receive Janet’s custom color kit, including palettes and a selection of artist grade watercolors for mixing the colors to be used in class.

  • Pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Pointed round watercolor brushes #4 and #8
  • Pointed pen with nib of your choice
  • Walnut ink
  • Any black ink
  • Two water cups
  • Ruler
  • Paper towels
  • Any multi-media heavyweight sketch paper (suggest Fabriano Studio Watercolor pad, 9X12 cold press, Canson Watercolor 90 lb cold press, Arches 90 lb cold press or hot press, Strathmore Drawing 400 series premium recycled 9X12 pad 80 lb, or Arches text wove)
  • OPTIONAL: Color wheel
  • OPTIONAL: 1⁄4” flat brush or similar (3/8” or 1⁄2” is fine if you already have it)
  • Drawing Pencil
    Price: $1.26
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    Kneaded Eraser
    Price: $1.09
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    Walnut Drawing Ink, 2 oz.
    Price: $8.99
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    Moon Palace Sumi Ink
    Price: $11.95
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    Faber-Castell Click & Go Water Pot
    Price: $4.99
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    C-Thru Plastic Ruler  2''x18''
    Price: $3.95
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    Arches 90lb Hot Press Watercolor, 22" x 30"
    Price: $7.00
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    Strathmore 300 Series Drawing Paper
    Price: $9.99
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    Arches Text Wove 26" x 40"
    Price: $5.95
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