Zoom Workshop: An Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

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Saturday February 20

10:00 AM  –  3:00 PM

This class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. 

Art Supplies:

Hot pressed watercolor paper - I prefer Arches 140lb. single sheet, cut into 4 pieces

You can also use Arches Hot pressed watercolor block, 9” x 12” 

Tester strips of same watercolor paper 

2H Pencil

Divider – measuring tool 

Erasers - Tombo Mono Zero (round)  & a kneaded eraser

Palette - I use a ceramic palette with 6 wells

Watercolor brushes - I use Winsor & Newton, Series 7, Sable brushes, size 1 & 3

Additional Brush - Princeton Dakota 6300B #2 Bright

2 small cups for water

Paper towels - I use Viva, cut into 4" x 6" pieces


Watercolors – You can use your own colors, I will use the following:

  • Permanent Rose (Winsor & Newton)
  • Alizarin Crimson (Winsor & Newton)
  • Permanent Magenta (Winsor & Newton)
  • Transparent Yellow (Winsor & Newton)
  • Burnt Umber (Winsor & Newton)
  • Indigo (Winsor & Newton)
  • Ultramarine Violet (Schmincke)
  • Sap Green (M. Graham)


If using Colored Pencils

Sanford Prismacolor  (alternatively Faber-Castell)


  • Cream (PC 914)  
  • Canary ​ ​Yellow (PC 916) 
  • Orange (PC 918) 
  • Crimson Lake (PC 925)  
  • Limepeel (PC 1005 
  • Olive Green (PC ​ ​911) 
  • Sienna Brown (PC 945)  
  • Dark Brown (PC 946) 
  • Dark Purple ​ ​(PC 931) 
  • Colorless Blender (PC 1077)

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