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Watercolors - Make Your Own! Online Class Feb 26

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Watercolors - Make Your Own! Online Class
Saturday, Feb 26, 10-12:30 MT
Instructor: Jess Webb
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your kit in time for class, register by Feb 19.

We couldn’t be more delighted to connect with Colorado artist Jess Webb! She makes her own watercolor, dyes, and ink using the raw materials gathered from her garden and on her hikes in the mountains. She’s even been known to use kitchen and farm scraps. Jess has developed her own creative practice in relation to nature, and particularly enjoys building community with others by providing hands-on experiences with natural materials. We feel fortunate that she can join us online to teach a class on how to make watercolor paint from wild harvested leaves, plants, fungi, and other plant materials. It’s actually a simple process.

During class Jess will show you how to make paints from the materials she’s hand selected, and will demonstrate how to use a mortar and pestle if you’d like to later prepare your own pigments. You’ll experiment with different painting techniques on a selection of papers in order to see for yourself the way handmade watercolors act. It’s not the same as commercial watercolors. As a bonus, Jess takes you on a journey tracing the fascinating history of pigments since humans first painted on rocks. Come join Jess in this special class to learn where color comes from! Note that you’ll need brief access to a microwave or stove top during class.

This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Small paint brush
  • Jar of water
  • Microwave or stovetop
  • Glass jar (reserved for art work) to mix up the gum arabic. If using the jar on a stove instead of in a microwave, place the jar in a saucepan and surround it with water.
  • Spoon or small mixing spatula for stirring - again something reserved for art work
  • Small 8 ounce glass jar with a lid to contain the liquid gum arabic
  • Paper towels or baby wipes
  • Apron
  • Optional: mortar and pestle if you’d like to prepare pigment from your own materials. It needs to be one used only for art. 
  • Optional: if you’d like to try using some of your own materials during class, Jess suggests something like collected sandstones or soft rock or minerals, dried flowers such as hibiscus, or turmeric and other colored spices
  • Optional: your own watercolor sets to use as a comparison

Class Kit Includes:

  • Powdered gum arabic
  • Prepared pigments
  • 10 shells for mixing colors
  • Watercolor paper sample pack
We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number (check your spam folder) once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

Zoom Info

Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day before the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

Jess Webb is an educator, artist, musician, and idea maker. She appreciates the delicate and humble tiny miracles in the world, which she feels are often overlooked, and enjoys helping others to see them as well through connection and collaboration. She’s an intuitive researcher and an acute observer, touching things to feel what’s under the surface and listening closely to hear what's in between.

As a nurturer and a healer Jess is profoundly connected to the earth, yet she still maintains a childlike playfulness that keeps her head in the clouds. Her art ranges from site specific installations, restaurant design, art education, and portraiture to murals. She has a true love for the environment and prefers working straight from nature by growing herbs and wild harvesting plants to create her ceramics, natural dyes, and paint pigments.

​Jess studied spatial media and art education at Metro State University of Denver and has been a Denver based artist for over 15 years. In addition to creating her own works, she’s an art educator for Think360 Arts in Denver. Through them, she teaches at Dinosaur Ridge, Denver Public Libraries, and schools all over the front range. (The organization believes the arts are a fundamental tool to enhance learning and has been providing services to educators, teachers, and the community since 1963.)

In addition to her other work, Jess creates custom installations and artworks in many mediums and often collaborates on site specific and performance art. One recent project was for Meow Wolf Denver, an arts production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences. To learn more about her art and philosophy, check out her March 23, 2021, interview with ShoutOut Colorado Meet Jess Webb | Artist – SHOUTOUT COLORADO.