Watercolor oops! When & how to rescue a painting with Mary Murphy

Watercolor oops! When & how to rescue a painting with Mary Murphy

Even the most accomplished watercolorists have their bad days, days when what we think will be a masterpiece goes down the tubes. We’ll look at evaluating whether you should even try to a fix paintings that you’ve abandoned or “ruined,” and we’ll explore techniques to resurrect them. Students are encouraged to bring an abandoned work or a work in progress, but it is not required. Many of the techniques we’ll discuss are applicable to watercolor painting in general.


What to bring

  1. Paintings in progress, including any “ruined” paintings
  2. Good quality watercolor paper (like Arches), either 140 or 300 lb cold press, sheets or a block are fine. If you use sheets, please bring a board to tape your paper to.
  3. Drawing paper – for example, 140 or 300 lb Arches, Fabriano or other good quality paper in sheets or blocks
  4. Water bucket
  5. Paper towels or tissues
  6. Pencil and eraser
  7. Masking tape
  8. Optional materials: colored pencils, gouache, watercolor crayons


If you need to start from scratch, here are basic materials:

  • Plastic palette
    • New Gamboge
    • Aureolin (Cobalt Yellow)
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Cobalt Teal Blue
    • Schmincke French Ultramarine
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral
    • Daniel Smith Quinacridone Pink
    • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
    • Schmincke Translucent Orange
    • Phthalo Blue Red Shade
    • Dioxazine purple
    •  ¼” flat, preferably a “One Stroke Flat”
    • 1” and/or 1.5” flat
    •  Round brush with a good point, approximately 3/8”
    •  Rigger

Member: $125 / Non Member: $95

Deadline: August 11, 2017