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Expressive Brushwork: Bring Your Marks to Life

Jen Dixon, Jen Dixon, abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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10 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials Needed

    • Get to Know: Round Brushes

    • Get to Know: Flat Brushes

    • Get to Know: Filbert Brushes

    • Get to Know: Rigger, Angle, and Fan Brushes

    • Project One: Simplified Bamboo

    • Project Two: Wild Grasses

    • Project Three: Loose Landscape

    • Final Advice and Thanks


About This Class


Expressive Brushwork: Bring Your Marks to Life is about getting to know your brushes and then putting them to work for you in a fearless way. This class is aimed at beginners or artists looking to refresh skills.

You will learn:
What marks each brush makes.
To build confidence in controlling them through specific exercises.
To let loose with confidence in three, expressive projects.

In short, we learn to control the brushes, then we learn to let go.

You'll need a few supplies:

  • Indian Ink
  • Brushes: Round/Pointed Round, Flat, Filbert, Rigger, Angle, Fan *
  • A4 or US Letter cartridge or sketch paper (I recommend 100gsm or heavier)
  • Watercolours (only a few, basic colours are needed)
  • Water, spray bottle, and paper towels

* The brushes should be suitable for watercolour work, and can be synthetic or sable/natural bristles. Each brush has a different mark, and you'll see me switching frequently to demonstrate this. Brushes also vary manufacturer to manufacturer, so having several is a goal to work towards.

This class includes a four page pdf download after enrolment.

Looking forward to seeing your projects!


188 of 189 students recommendSee All

Thank you, Jen, for sharing your knowledge and skill. Your classes motivate me. In this class I like being able to see the variety of mark making potential each brush has... I would not have thought to do many of these brushstrokes and techniques without this demonstration. Thank you, again!
Jen has a unique skill set using using and making marks for create beautiful expressive paintings. Looking forward to trying this with water colors.
Jill Haglund

Living the Arty Life

very very useful class for learning various painting techniques!





Jen Dixon

Jen Dixon, abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

Jen Dixon works mostly in mixed media abstract and figurative painting. She is also an illustrator, writer, and teaches privately both groups and individuals. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in a windy village on the North Cornwall coast of England.

Having led her first drawing classes at the age of six, she continued with art throughout her school days by selling portraits and sign-painting for local businesses. She taught art to young teens before achieving a degree in Industr...

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