Kimothy Joy – Watercolor Portraiture & Hand-lettering: Introduction & Techniques

Duration of Class: Three Days (18 Hours) // Medium: Watercolor & Markers // Skill Level: All

Cost: $500-$690


This is an invitation to paint the portraits and words of people who inspire you. Can you think of a better way to honor someone who has influenced your life? During this workshop, I’ll share my process behind creating the portraits and quotes featured in my book, “That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women.”

First, we will review the basics of using watercolors and play with different techniques. No previous experience using watercolor is needed.

Then we will discuss different ways to approach painting portraits. Initial steps will include studying facial features and proportions. We’ll sketch a base layer drawing of the face using a reference photo you’ve brought along. We’ll also review the basics of color theory like mixing hues and using light/dark hues to create highlights and shadows. From there, we’ll work with layers of watercolor to bring your portrait to life.

Next, we’ll experiment with combining portraits and hand-lettered quotes with fine tip black markers into a cohesive, compelling composition. I’ll show you my various hand-lettering styles and encourage you to create your own!

You’ll leave with a finished portrait and quote of the influential person in your life and hopefully, a desire to continue playing with watercolors and hand-lettering!


• Color theory basics
• Watercolor basics: mixing and blending
• Sketching proportions of the face
• Painting facial features with highlights & shadows
• Using fine tip black marker to create line drawings over watercolor
• Hand-lettering styles
• Combining watercolor portraiture & hand-lettering into a cohesive composition


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Day 1 - 3 (8/2/19 - 8/4/19)

Class Size

Min # of students: 8
Max # of students: 20

Supply List


Pay Kit Fee: $30 per student (payable to instructor at class time)

Kit will be Provided by Instructor day-of and includes the following:
  • 9x12 watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Watercolor paint brush (qty 2)
  • Pencils & erasers
  • Sketch paper
  • Water cups
  • Black fine tip markers

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