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Unique way to use Watercolour on Japanese Washi Paper

Watercolour on Washi Paper • Painting Workshop by Peter Prest

Weekend Workshop

  • April 22 & 23, 2017
  • Time • 10am-3:30pm

$97 Includes Washi Paper

This weekend workshop is for artists who work with watercolour and are interested in trying new surfaces to paint on. The surface we will be creating is developed using Japanese washi paper. A packet of washi paper, sufficient for the course, is covered in the registration fee. Washi paper is both hand and machine made, using mulberry and other plant fibers to make fibrous traditional papers which take watercolours, inks and acrylics very well.

Your first piece will be watercolour painting on washi surface; the second piece will be a watercolour collage with stained washi papers applied to make the collage surface.

My preferred bases for my washi paintings are stretched canvases with paintings on them that I have no futher interest in. If you want to use one or two small canvases (9x12 or 11x14) for this workshop, apply two coats of gesso to the surface (allow time for drying between coats) to give you a white base, and bring these to the workshop. You can also use painted panels of similar size, again with two coats of gesso to give you a white base to build your washi surface on.

Peter Prest Washi Paper Artwork

Instructor Bio

Peter Prest is a Calgary artist working in watercolours and watermedia. His interest is in catching the prevailing mood of each piece by focusing on its inherent energies and tensions.

He works predominantly on watercolour canvas and panels. These new surfaces provide him with new ways to release the emotions resident in each piece. Peter has been working with Washi paper collage for 10 years.

Peter's work is regularly displayed with Framed on Fifth in Calgary and La Bella Art in Tempe Az, as well as on this website. His paintings have been selected for a number of solo and group exhibitions; he does instruct occasional workshops and painting demonstrations when requested.

NOTE: Peter recently attended a two week-long workshops with Gerald Brommer, a California watercolorist who developed many of the techniques for Japanese Washi paper collage and is considered a master in this area.

Peter Prest Artist's Statement

When I was young, I loved drawing human and animal figures, urbanscapes and landscapes. I was always doodling and daydreaming. By the time I started high school, though, I reluctantly realized I had to take my academic studies more seriously, and so my art materials got packed away with the rest of my childhood.

When I retired I reopened that forgotten world, and began to make art again. It was exhilarating to play with line and shape and colour and know that I could do so without feeling guilty. I had no idea how much I had missed it, but each day since then has been a confirmation, a reconnection and a re-igniting of my original passion for art.

There are two elements in my artistic development that contribute to my work daily:

I was introduced to the potential of watercolour by several fine teachers. I fell in love with the medium, and will continue to learn from it for as long as I paint. No one really masters watercolour; it remains a thing apart, and therein lies its beauty.

About six years into painting, I discovered alternative watercolour surfaces – canvas, board and collage – with the result that I rarely paint on paper any more. Each surface presents different challenges and different rewards, and I find myself shifting from one to another according to the mood and subject of each piece.

Supply List 

Bring along the watercolours you usually use for painting. Also bring a tube of white gouache or Zinc white which will work as well.

Water and Gel Containers
Bring several clean yogurt containers with lids for working with matte medium and gesso each day. They will also be handy for storing the colour ‘lakes’ we need for painting washi paper sheets.

Your watercolour palette should have a large well or wells for creating lakes of colour – usually in the lid.

Bring a midsize jar of matte medium (8 oz or more) which we will delute. You should also bring a water squirt bottle for diluting. The same size of white gesso is also needed.

Bring your regular watercolour brushes , either sable or synthetic, with an assortment of flats and rounds. Bring some brush soap for cleanup. “The Masters Brush Cleaner” is good, but any brush soap will do.
For collaging, you will need a flat stiff brush, ½” or ¾” will do. You will need to be able to push the medium around and seal the surface with it. The brush cleaner will allow you to keep it for later use, although this work is hard on brushes.

Other Materials
A hair dryer to speed up drying times.
Kleenex, paper towels, pencils, pens, notebooks
Watercolour pencils and/or sticks for calligraphic marks

Generic Frames or Mattes
These are helpful for displaying your work at our critique at the end of the workshop.

Subject Resources
Bring sketches, photos, landscapes, seascapes, townscapes, figures etc.

Surface Protection
You must have plastic for art tables, as we are using gesso and gel which are hard to remove.


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