Watercolour for Absolute Beginners

1. This workshop is for you if you’ve always dreamed about being able to paint with watercolour but think it’s ‘too hard’. This is a very common perception and it’s true if you use watercolour like acrylic or oil paints. Watercolour has a very specific nature, a chemistry which if you work with, gives you satisfying results.

2. This workshop is for you if you’ve tried watercolour but are frustrated with your results – you end up with white and dark patches, ‘cauliflowers’, your pictures look great when wet but disappointing when dry, it just feels impossible to control the paint. It’s for you if you feel completely inspired to learn because you love watercolour paintings and feel like getting together with other people who do too!

3. I show you how to address all the issues that create the perception that watercolour is the most difficult medium. I give you fundamental techniques, showing you how to hold the brush, mix paint, create just the right consistencies of paint to water to ensure subtle lights and luscious darks – every time! I show you how to create flat washes, how to glaze over the top of them to create depth and glow and I introduce you to blending. You learn how to manage the brush and how to paint into corners and create straight edges with relative ease. It’s all possible!

4. I show you how to feel safe with watercolour’s inherent tendency to flow by controlling and allowing when appropriate. Everyone can learn how to achieve results with watercolour. As part of the process I give simple mindfulness techniques which support you to manage the concerns of your left hemisphere, relax and optimise the process. You learn how to consciously activate the right hemisphere of your brain.


1. A4 Pad of Bockingford watercolour paper, 300 gsm* (check the gsm; it comes in 200 as well which is not heavy enough).
2. Cotmans watercolour tubes of paint; Phthalo blue, Ultramarine blue, red and yellow. You can also get a set of Reeves watercolour paints for a very reasonable price.
3. Watercolour brushes, size 8 and 4 – if you are purchasing new brushes I recommend ‘Monglon’.
4. Palette with small and large pans.
5. Paper towels
6. Water container
7. Old hand towel
All materials are available at Warehouse Stationery


Date; Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November
Time; 10 – 4pm, both days
Venue; 3 Jade lane, Paraparaumu
Cost; $280
Limited spaces

Bring your own lunch, tea & coffee provided



This workshop run by Corinne Allen and Kimbra Taylor introduces you to the transformative power of the Neurographic technique, an effective art modality open to everyone. Rapidly evolving and gaining popularity, it was developed and formalised by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev in 2014.

Neurographica is a creative method of transformation. It helps us to change our reality through engaging our emotional and aesthetic intelligence for finding solutions to a variety of problems. It comprises two words: “neuron” meaning a cell that carries messages between the brain and the body and that is the basic unit of the nervous system and“graphics” meaning the artistic use of pictures, shapes and words.

On the brain level, solving a problem means “switching” on a number of neurons that connect to each other. The more connected neurons involved in a task, the more resources we have to solve it. Drawing in the Neurographica system helps us to engage more neurons.

“Neurographica has a set of graphic algorithms that enable us to solve various problems and achieve the desired outcome, through connecting people to their inner source of neuronal potential.” Nataliya Katsman

Benefits of Neurographic;

One of the main benefits of the Neurographic Technique is that it provides you with direct access to your inner self. No need to talk, no need to verbally define anything, no need to share your emotions with anyone. As well as enabling creativity and profound satisfaction, Drawing Neurographic has many benefits.

• A universal code which is simple to understand and to master
• A non-verbal communication tool using your sub-conscious mind.
• Once mastered no supervision required.
• Useful for both personal and professional growth.
• A unique way to create an effective scenario for any life situation.
• Helps you to fine-tune communications of any kind.
• Keeps you motivated for a chosen task.
• An elegant method for manifesting your dreams into reality.

Along side Neurographica, Corinne will guide you to experience a deeper aspect of your self through your birth colour. Knowing and experiencing the mystery of your birth colour gives you immediate access to;

– Mind body relaxation
– Deep comfort and happiness
– Supports meditation and sleep
– Greater focus, clarity and creativity
– Calms the nervous system
– Aids pain management
– Optimises colour meditation
– Supports non medial healing of emotions

“Corinne’s knowledge offers a tool to allow us to offload stress with the use of colour and creativity, making it easily accessibale to everyone. I love neurographic – I use it all the time.”

Your Birth Colour Picture

Kimbra will introduce you to the glorious world of colour through watercolour painting . She will take you through the fundamental techniques, enabling you to experience the transformative power of your personal Neurographic birth colour picture.
Colour is created when light falls on pigments.

Primary Colours

The primary colours are red, blue and yellow. All other colours are comprised of the three primaries in different combinations.

Secondary Colours

Secondary colours are formed by mixing two primary colours. There are three secondary colours; orange, green and violet.

Tertiary Colours

Tertiary colours are combinations of primary and secondary colours. There are six; red-orange, yellow orange, yellow green, blue green, blue violet and red violet.

Neutral Colours;

Neutral colours are combinations of the three primaries and include the range of greys, browns, deep blue and black. They are less intense than the purer colours and provide a soft space for the others to shine.


Date; 23rd March 2019

Location; 3 Jade Lane, Paraparaumu

Time; 10 – 4pm

Cost; $185 per person, Kapiti Now members $175, early bird $170 till 10th March

Limited spaces

Morning and afternoon tea provided, bring your own lunch


Corinne; 027 246 4488    corinne@kapitiarttherapy.co.nz

Kimbra; 04 9021656    kimbra.taylor@artworks.kiwi   

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