My First Online Workshop!

Hey gang! So here are the deets on Layers of Color Workshop. i’m giving a pretty detailed summary because i really want folks to know what they’re getting and be able to make an informed decision. i get a lot of requests for me to teach how i work, so that’s what i’ll be doing here. (Don’t be surprised if you hear snippets of NCIS in the background during the videos – just kidding!) If you are looking for a formal painting class to teach traditional methods, this class is not for you. But if you want to get a sneak peek into my process and learn how you can follow along making layered artworks full of color and texture, you’re in the right place.

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LAYERS OF COLOR – An Online Painting Workshop!
* This workshop is just that…a fun, informal, information-packed series of written blog posts, step-by-step photos, and demo videos. I will share my own personal methods for layering color and creating vibrant artworks. Get familiar with my style before signing on to be sure this is what you’d like to learn. I will share my personal favorite supplies, techniques and ideas. The workshop is not meant to take the place of formal art classes.

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Skill-level: Beginner

Materials: (material costs are not included)
basics: water color paper, stretched, pre-primed canvas, watercolor paints, acrylic paints, white gouache, pencils, markers, pens, paintbrushes, kosher salt, crayons, masking tape, squirt bottle, paper towel, paper plates
extras: liquid watercolors, gouache paints, liquid fabric dyes, paper palette

*addendum: while there is no rigid materials list, here are some good specific starter suggestions:Strathmore Hot Press Watercolor Paper/ Talens Angora watercolor pan set/ #6 round brush and a teeny detail brush/ Cheapie Artists Loft or other store brand 12×12″ canvases in a multi-pak/starter set of small fluid acrylics Blick Brand or comparable student grade/ .5″ filbert brush/liner brush/ #6 round brush….or maybe just a multi-pak set for acrylics
paper towels, cleaned out glass spaghetti sauce jar for water/ paper plate for a palette or paper palette pad from art store

** you can read about ALL my favorite materials here.


Class Schedule: Divided by weeks/days, but self-paced class so you can follow along at any speed that is comfortable for you. : )
5 Weeks of full lessons and a final week of daily challenges and inspirations
Monday: Main Topic posts with written lessons, photos and a demo video
Tuesday-Friday:  Mini-posts and prompts to spark creativity to guide participants experimentation with each week’s lesson.


This workshop is being offered via a password-protected page on my website with participants encouraged to share their work via a Flickr Group as well if they choose.
Includes Main Topic weekly posts for 5 weeks which will each include a demo video + lots of photos and written instruction. Includes short, mini-posts each Tues-Friday to spark creativity, and implementation of the main lesson. This will help to keep you painting and experimenting throughout the 6 weeks. Painting every single day is the “not-so-secret” secret!

ACCESS to the Classroom Page and videos is UNLIMITED. Once you are registered, you can always come back and login

Basically, i will share my own process and what works for me after lots of years doing it. this will not be an “art school-follow-the-rules” kind of class. Textbook techniques are not on the syllabus, although you will hear plenty of basics about the different media, how to care for your tools, a lil color theory and the like.

Week 1: Intro & Favorite Supplies,
plus Lesson 1/ Watercolor Basics

Week 2: Acrylic Basics

Week 3: Layering every which way

Week 4: Doodling + Illustration Overlays

Week 5: Color it in!

Week 6: Theme-A-Day + Workshop Review


Register Now!  
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Cost: $65



  1. says

    I’m super interested in this class. I will definitely sign up if you offer this as a repeat or self paced class in the summer. I’m going to be having a baby the second week of class so it would be hard for me to do much painting right after having the baby. I really really love your style and would love to see how you create your art.

  2. says

    hi marcia! it IS a self-paced class and will remain accessible to participants for at least a year. right now, i’m leaving it at open enrollment, but if we get too many sign-ups, i may draw a cut-off, merely so i will be able to respond to emailed questions without too much overwhelm : ) good luck with the baby!!

  3. Allison says

    Dear effing dog, I wish I had the time and money for this one! “Miss Ariel” was my choice for a duvet for my daughter’s room, and separately, I’d purchased “Creative Doodles & Beyond” — then realized it was also yours. At least my sense of whimsy is consistent, right?

    Ohhhh — now I see that there’s a year’s access. Does this mean I could buy in at a later date?

  4. Allison says

    Another question — it doesn’t look like this will cover fabric painting. I’m planning to paint an older sheet (watercolor style w/acrylics and fabric medium) to make a duvet cover. What sort of paint/medium do you think would work for white doodles underneath the painted surface?

  5. says

    white doodles UNDER the painted surface? not sure what you mean. you can use squeeze fabric paints to add some doodles. but fabric dyes and paints are generally transparent in my experience…so they absorb into the fabric instead of sitting on top. thicker paints would sit on top and be more opaque…but would likely make the duvet stiff. dharma trading might have some product that could do what you need? maybe pow wow with their customer service? sounds like a fun project!!

  6. says

    I signed up! This is my splurge for myself to get me motivated for the year. I probably won’t actually start the exercises until after we get settled with the baby, but I’m looking forward to seeing your process.

  7. says

    Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments?

    If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  8. says

    hi christi, if you google, anti-spam plugins for blogs or something similar, you should get lots of options. i use akismet and i also only publish comments i approve. some spam still gets through. hope this helps!

  9. says

    hi audra, do you have my book, Creative Doodling & Beyond? it covers just about every lesson i could imagine for doodling, so i don’t know if i could generate enough original/new material for a class : ) But maybe i could come up with a twist or something…painted doodles? large scale doodles? i’ll think about it! : )

  10. Michelle says

    Hi Stephanie, I’m so excited about your workshop! I see you have a list of materials above. However, I was wondering if you have a more specific list of general supplies and brushes that should be purchased for the class for a beginner, starting with nothing but a set of crayola watercolors! Thanks!

  11. Anne says

    Hi Stephanie,
    I enjoy your work and blog. I was wondering whether I could sign up for this class later on (I’m taking some community college classes and have a lot going on, but should be freed up in late May). Will it be open to “purchase” at that time, or do I have to purchase it now even if I will only access it later? Alternatively, are you planning to hold this class again in the near future?

  12. says

    Hi Anne! Thanks so much! I will be closing registration for this first session on Sunday night. Only because its the first time through for me doing an online workshop. Once the course wraps, I’ll be doing any necessary edits and offering it on an ongoing basis in the future. If you want to access this session, you’d need to sign up before Monday and then access at your convenience : ) hope thus helps!

  13. says

    You mentioned above that registration is going to close for this class tomorrow. Do you think you’ll offer it again in 2014? I desperately want to take it, but I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row so I can seriously sit down and COMMIT to it (it’s sort of like a reward for getting it all done!).

  14. Jen says

    Thank you. I am going to register later today. Can’t wait for this, it is just what I need.

  15. Courtney says

    Hi! I am new to your blog and website, but I stumbled upon your artwork and it is so happy and inspiring. Saw this workshop and was wondering if it is an ongoing thing or if it will be offered again? Do you just pay and view videos at anytime, or is it offered seasonally? Just curious. 🙂

  16. says

    hi courtney, it was issued in weekly bites the first time through, but now it is offered in it’s entirety. there are written lessons and images on a classroom page and links to videos as well. you take it at your own pace. no part is LIVE. : )

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