Watercolor Painting: The Seven Species

classes malka watercolor Jan 17, 2021

In this jam packed class, you'll learn to use watercolors to paint pomegranate, fig, wheat, barley, dates, grapes and olive plants, all known as part of 'Seven Species' (Deuteronomy 8:8). We will run through watercolor basics, both in terms of recommended materials and techniques, and you will also learn my approach to sketching from a reference as well as finally painting a detailed piece. 

Topics Covered

  • 'Seven species' background, context and deeper meaning
  • Wet on wet technique 
  • Wet on Dry
  • Sketching skills
  • Detailed yet loose watercolor painting 

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Materials Needed

  • Watercolor paper - I'm using Canson Aquarelle 300g
  • 1 small round brush, 1 detail brush - I use Size 1 Princeton Select Round size and 0000 
  • Paints - pans or tube. Must have Yellow, blue, red/ purple - I use a Kuretake pan set
  • Glass...
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Watercolor Painting with Tea and Coffee

classes malka watercolor Dec 06, 2020

In this class, you will learn to create your very own homemade paints from simple products you have at home - coffee & tea! You'll also use basic watercolor techniques and learn to apply them on an actual painting.

Topics Covered

  • Paint creation
  • Watercolor washes
  • Wet on wet technique 
  • Wet on Dry
  • Painting a loose rose
  • Envelope design

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Materials Needed

  • Watercolor papers (size A3 recommended)
  • Two fruit based tea bags
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • Glass of hot/ boiling water
  • Clean cool water
  • Any round paintbrush
  • Paper towel 
  • Q tips (optional)
  • An Envelope
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Book recommendation: Make Ink 

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Intro to Broad Edge Flourishing

Did you know that flourishing can be adapted to broad edge calligraphy? Flowing flourishes can be added to seemingly rigid broad edge hands to add flair and creativity. We'll learn to follow the rules and then find ways to approach them from our unique viewpoint.

Using Italics & Hebrew foundational hand, we will exercise our flourishing muscles and learn to write our names or favorite phrases in a beautiful and decorative way.

Come as a newbie to flourishing and broad edge or as a seasoned flourisher and find the unique ways that the broad edge tool can enhance your calligraphy.

Concepts & Skills We'll Cover:

  • Italic calligraphy
  • Hebrew foundational hand
  • flourishing exercises from simple to complex
  • best practices for successful flourishing
  • manipulating the broad edge pen nib for various flourishing styles
  • White space, balance, symmetry
  • Breaking the rules

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How to Create a Hand Lettered Chalkboard

Take your calligraphy and lettering skills to new heights and mediums by working with chalk and a chalkboard! Learn how to go from concept to sketch and refined chalk art, and get nice n' dusty while you're at it. We'll put our personal spins on the project by highlighting a favorite local restaurant and our most beloved dishes in the design! Chalk is fun to work with because it's so versatile and easy to edit, unlike ink. Enjoy the flexibility this old fashioned medium has to offer.

Topics Covered

  • From concept to final chalkboard design
  • Refining layout ideas into tight thumbnail sketches
  • Lettering vs. Calligraphy
  • Typography basics 
  • Chalk art best practices
  • Guideline set up

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Achieving Goals : Design a Road map & Calligraphed Vision Board

Do you have a creative passion or dream? Do you feel overwhelmed wondering where and how to start bringing it to reality? Or do you need help pinpointing what sort of goal you'd like to achieve in the first place?

Using tried and true methods that helped me create the business off my dreams, we will build a road map and vision board together to get you going down the right path towards successfully achieving your goal with clarity, confidence and calligraphy, too.

Note: Your goal doesn't have to be big and exciting. No goal is too small!

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Materials:

  • Notebook/ journal
  • Pencil, Pen or Markers of Choice
  • Calligraphy tool of choice
  • Small pieces of paper for calligraphy/ lettering quotes
  • Magazines, Pinterest photos or beloved ephemera
  • Scissors
  • Washi or regular tape
  • Bulletin board or firm paper for vision board backing

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Designing a Hanuka Postcard

In this class you'll learn to design your very own hand painted and embellished postcard using gold leaf, watercolors and a little ancient history.  You'll get a quick background on the menorah motif, as well as a thorough tutorial on gold leaf application and some beginner watercolor techniques. Calligraph a short message on the back of your postcard and ship it off to a loved one who celebrates the Festival of Lights to illuminate their day! 

Topics Covered:

  • Gold leaf for illustrative elements & calligraphy
  • Wet on dry watercolor technique
  • Ancient art history context 
  • Appropriate holiday greetings

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June 22-28: Intro to Brush Lettering Class

Ready to try Modern Calligraphy? In this class we'll be learning the fundamentals of brush lettering based off Malka's signature calligraphy style! Just watch her easy-to-follow steps and before you know it you'll be on your way to lettering a favorite quote of your own beautifully! Can't wait to see how you incorporate your own handwriting and flair to create a piece that is uniquely yours!

Topics Covered:

  • modern calligraphy background
  • brush pen mechanics and technique
  • key lettering terminology
  • fundamental strokes
  • letterform breakdown and guides
  • composition tips & creation
  • review of critique process

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Materials Needed:

  • Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip brush pen
  • printed worksheets
  • tracing paper
  • tape
  • Rhodia/ Fabriano graph/ dotted paper (if desired)
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler

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