Expressive Brushwork: Bring Your Marks to Life

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

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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!


240 of 241 students recommendSee All

Love this class. Learned alot from Jen on how to handle and use my brushes. Loved the step by step landscape tutorial at the end.
So many useful brush techniques in one little class. Helpful exercises. Highly recommended for all artists.
Margaret McGlynn

Illustrator and Children's Book Author

Thanks to this class I'm learning to use Ink in different ways. I'm really excited to try the all this techniques.





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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