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Mixing the Right Colour 2018

Workshop for oil, acrylic and watercolour artists.

Mixing the Right Colour- Weekend Warrior Edition

2-day Workshop:

  • Friday March 23, 6-9pm
  • Saturday March 24, 10am-5pm


Tired of mixing huge vats of the wrong colour and spending most of your time mixing sludge on the palette instead of putting fresh colour on to the canvas? Applied colour mixing to the rescue! Armed with a palette knife and tubes of paint, you will learn the defences passed down from ancient, battling, masters of art. Start painting from the offence, not the trenches filled with mud. Open to oil, acrylic and watercolour artists.

instructor holly mcwilliams

Holly attended ACAD majoring in sculpture and painting. She has been instructing at Swinton’s since 2000 with a focus towards providing an enjoyable, positive and inventive learning environment. Holly concentrates on painting inspired by tradition. Full Instructor Bio: HERE



This class is open to the medium that you are working with already. Please bring all of the supplies, brushes and paints that you work with and find handy to have while you are creating. Below are a few things that we will definitely be using.

  • Sketchbook with white paper
  • Pencil and eraser for notes
  • Black permanent marker
  • 12x16 palette. Stay Wet palette is very useful for acrylic. Disposable or glass palette for oil
  • 14x18 canvas or board
  • 12x16 canvas or board
  • Paint knife
  • Paper towel - blue shop towel is the best!

Paint: It’s very important that you have these specific colors for the class

  • Cadmium Yellow medium or dark
  • Lemon yellow (hansa will work as well, you want the yellow that looks most like a lemon peel)
  • Cadmium Red medium
  • Quinacradone rose
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Manganese blue (cerulean or pthalo blue can work)
  • Transparent red oxide or Burnt Sienna
  • Titanium white

Extra's that are handy to have but not necessary for this course:

  • Yellow ochre
  • Cadmium orange
  • Manganese violet or dioxanine purple

Mediums and turps:

  • "Eco House" for oil - No hardware store turps please! They are very toxic and tend to give people bad headaches, even if they say no odour.
  • Acrylic - Gloss medium and varnish and or a retarder

Brushes: please bring the brushes you already have. These brushes are suggestions

  • Oil - hogs hair brushes.
  • Acrylic - synthetic brushes
  • Flat brushes Size #2, 4, 8, 10
  • A metal or plastic paint knife is probably what we will be doing most of the mixing with. If you have a large one and a small one it would be helpful.
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