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Expressive Brushwork: Bring Your Marks to Life

Jen Dixon, Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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10 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials Needed

    • 3. Get to Know: Round Brushes

    • 4. Get to Know: Flat Brushes

    • 5. Get to Know: Filbert Brushes

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

    • 7. Project One: Simplified Bamboo

    • 8. Project Two: Wild Grasses

    • 9. Project Three: Loose Landscape

    • 10. 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!