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Watercolor – Exploring Colors and Shapes Online Class Nov 5

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Watercolor – Exploring Colors and Shapes Online Class
Sunday, November 5, 1-4pm Mountain Time
Instructor: Lexis Krieg
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your kit in time for class, register by Oct 29. All participants must be 15 years or older.

Class Details

This class on colors and shapes is part of the Joy of Watercolor Doodling series by Denver artist and graphic designer Lexis Krieg. Lexis is known for her vibrant colors and playful penwork, and for making watercolors fun! This class takes a deeper dive into the magical world of watercolors by focusing on how colors work together. 

Lexis provides an overview of color theory by stepping you through creating your own color wheel. Her biggest tip for working with watercolors is to limit your palette; she feels using just a few colors makes for a stronger composition. The exploratory exercises she provides are designed to help you understand warm versus cool colors as well as analogous and complementary colors.

You’ll paint free hand during class, layering colors back and forth on two separate pieces to allow things to dry. While you’re working, Lexis demonstrates how to use basic shapes, brush marks, and more advanced pen doodling to elevate your composition. It’s amazing how such simple marks can create a complex design. 
As with Lexis’s other classes, what we really like about the way she teaches is that she offers a process with skills and tools that can be used to develop a personal style. She, and we, would love to see what you create! There is some optional pre-class work, which should take no more than thirty minutes.

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:

  • Two containers for water
  • Paper towels
  • Set of watercolors. Results are better with at least student grade pan or tube paints. Some basic sets that work are Ooly Lil Pods ($), Prang Oval Watercolor Set ($), Cotman Water Colour Sketcher's Pocket Box ($$), Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Travel Kit ($$), and Prima Watercolor Confections sets ($$).
  • Assorted colored pens or pencils, other than black or white, to add additional marks on top of the watercolor. Suggestions: Gelly Roll, Posca Paint pens, or colored pencils. Pencils can be standard or watercolor pencils.
  • Optional: additional brushes in different sizes and shapes (a 6 round brush and a ½” flat brush are included in your kit)
  • Optional: small spray bottle of water for wetting your watercolors
  • Optional: hair dryer to speed up the drying process
  • Optional: small pieces of paper to practice on. Could be watercolor, mixed media, or even copy paper.

Class Kit Includes: 

  • Digital class packet and printed color wheel template
  • Hot press watercolor paper
  • Small pieces of the same watercolor paper to practice on
  • One 6 Round Brush and one ½” Flat brush
  • Fudenouske Black Pen
  • Posca paint pen
  • Masking tape

We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number email from USPS (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. Classes with homework may receive pre-class info earlier. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. Please be prepared to RSVP to the info email so we know you are set for 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

Lexis Krieg is the artist, illustrator, and designer behind Lexisworks, a business she started in 2008 as an outlet for her personal creativity. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t making something. She took every art class in high school, then left to study art at Minnesota State University Moorhead. While there Lexis fell in love with graphic design and, as she explains, decided to leave the “real art" to “artists.” She worked as a graphic designer for a while but, after being laid off twice, she ended up growing her freelance business to satisfy her creativity and her urge to create with her own hands.

Her background in graphic design shines through the art she creates now: custom murals, surface patterns, illustrations, hand lettering, and mixed media paintings. No surprise that her studio is stuffed with vintage papers, tubes of paint, containers full of brushes and pens, old sketchbooks, glue, and a collection of materials for her daughters to create with. She’s decided she is an artist after all, and enjoys teaching workshops as a way to help others discover their own creative talents.

When people ask Lexis where she’s from she takes a deep breath and recites: “Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and now Colorado.” (Somewhere in there she managed to live in England for a while.) Colorful Colorado became her home almost 15 years ago, and she’s been inspired by the Rocky Mountains ever since. Lexis takes any opportunity she can to get out and explore the Colorado landscape with her husband Bear, their two daughters, and their dog, Jackson.

See more Lexis' work on her website and on instagram @lexisworks.


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