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Watercolor with Plants (Botanical Painting)

  • June 10, 2024
  • June 11, 2024
  • 2 sessions
  • June 10, 2024, 9:30 AM 3:30 PM (CDT)
  • June 11, 2024, 9:30 AM 3:30 PM (CDT)
  • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
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Watercolor with Plants

(Botanical Painting)

Susan Giannantonio

Two-Day Workshop

Monday & Tuesday

June 10 & 11

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

$170 Regular Tuition

$150 WAS-H Members Tuition

When you think of painting, don’t just assume you need a brush, paper and paint. Did you know you can use tools found in your own yard or garden to paint a beautiful watercolor?  Join Susan Giannantonio as she uncovers some secrets to creating plant textures and marks. She will demonstrate techniques to playfully render a bright and beautiful painting.  When you try it yourself, it will surprise you to discover how easy and fun it is! 

Supply List:
Watercolors ONLY (we can't use acrylic with this method)

Watercolor Paper—several ½ sheets or ¼ sheets

Water soluble pencils (optional), markers, etc

Opaque white paint—gouache, acrylic, Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White, etc

Brushes that will give you the biggest range of marks: riggers (liners), mop, etc.

Flowers from your garden, particularly those with strong flowers, stems and leaves.


Scotch tape, contact paper or other tape

Small or ½ credit card

Support (board(s) to paint on—gatorboard, foam, cardboard, etc. We will need/use at least 2 or 3 to transfer paintings

Paper towels/rags


Plant material should be put into a hardbound large book (the library always has good oversized books on their sale shelf). Harvest the plants

 while green, put them into book before they begin to dry or curl and do not remove them from the book until you receive instructions during class.

What plants? Bring leaves with large veins on the back (think geranium leaves, etc.)

Bring leaves/flowers with distinctive leaf or petal shapes

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