Hello everybody, greetings from France!
Workshops in Ireland last May: Pictures
Thank you so much to everyone who attended my workshops in Kinsale, Ireland, third week of May/2017: two incredible groups of talented artists, more than 40 students, everything so well organized by Barbara Barnett. The workshop venue was amazing; the Actons Hotel, situated in the heart of the colorful historic town of Kinsale.
I will be back to teach one more workshop in 2018. Save the dates: October 2018 from 16 to 18, just one group, info and registration please email Barbara: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to see some pictures taken in Ireland just click: https://www.facebook.com/cembranelli/media_set?set=a.10212023129567810.1073741916.1660785921&type=3 and check how beautiful this country really is!
Workshops in England - The Sandpiper Studio, Ledsham-South Wirral
Thank you so much Julie McLean (The Sandpiper Studio owner) for organizing my workshops last June , it was my third time there. I spent an amazing week with two groups of artists. I will be back next year and we will paint different subjects: still life, roosters, water reflections, etc, one different subject everyday. Save the dates: from October 08 to 13, more info, please email to: email@example.com
About my Technique/My Personal Experience
Last month I wrote about my paints (colors, brands, etc) and my palette. Now I will write about my watercolor paper and brushes. Again, I am not sponsored by any brand, it's just my personal experience. You can agree or disagree with me, no problem.
About my watercolor paper: I like to paint on cold pressed watercolor paper. It has a slightly textured surface, 300 gsm (or 140 lb), acid free, white ( not a creamy white) and made by cotton. There is some texture in cold pressed papers, it's great for my work.
As I remove pigment all the time (to create lighter areas, soft edges or just to restore the white of the paper) I like Moulin du Roy ( cold pressed, 140 lb, acid free) made by Canson because I can lift out paints very easily.
If I want a bit more of texture I use Arches (cold pressed, 140 lb, acid free), made by Canson too.
Both watercolor papers are professional papers.
There are many good watercolor papers on the market: just pay attention to low quality and cheap papers. Sometimes we want to save some money but it's not going to work: some pigments don't respond well on cheap surfaces or you won't be able to lift out pigment easily. Non professional watercolor papers start peeling quickly and that's one the worst nightmares for all watercolorists!
Regarding brushes, I use only synthetic bristles, it's easier to lift out paint using a synthetic fiber as they offer a bit more stiffness than natural animal hair.
I use flat and round brushes, all of them are stiff, pointed and with a precise tip.
If you want to use natural animal hair, it's up to you but I bet it's not going to be easy to lift out paint with a natural bristle and my technique is mainly lifting out.
I have two watercolor brush sets made by DaVinci: all brushes are synthetic, they were made for me and they are excellent tools to improve your loose approach to the watercolor technique.
You can purchase them online, they are shipped to all over the world. Just visit this link and check more info about my brushes:
Upcoming Workshops in North America
Balmville, New York -US: from July 11 to 13, can’t wait to teach in NY for the first time! This workshop is currently full, you can put your name on the waitlist. You can also register for my 2018 workshop in Balmville!
Further info about it, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakville, Toronto - Canada: from July 17 to 19, glad to come back to Toronto for the third year! Last spots in Toronto, further info please email: email@example.com
Bend, Oregon - US: from August 21 to 25, excited to teach in Oregon for the first time! This workshop is currently full, you can put your name on the waitlist. You can also register for my 2018 workshop in Bend.
Further info please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to check my Workshop Schedule please visit: