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Workshop Spotlight - Watercolour Florals with Olive & Millicent

After the success of the last few watercolour sessions, we decided to invite Katy from Olive & Millicent back to the studio again to teach another workshop.

We thought we'd do a quick Q&A with Katy to find out more about the workshop and what inspired her to start working with watercolour.



Where does your love of watercolour come from?

I grew up around watercolour, as my Grandma was a wonderful painter and would often take me out to paint coastal scenes with her near her home on the Isle of Wight. She taught me lots of techniques that I still use today!

How long have you been painting with watercolour?

I started my business in 2017 but have dabbled in watercolour since I was at university.

I studied Visual Communication at Leeds College of Art, and loved working with watercolour for my illustration projects, although I didn't really find my style until more recent years.

What inspired you to start teaching?

Watercolour is a really interesting medium but it does take a bit of getting used to.

I've learned a lot on my journey and just wanted to share my knowledge with beginners, to give them a bit of a head start.

What's your favourite thing to paint?

While I love working on intricate pieces like venue or house illustrations, there's something so satisfying about painting florals, which is why I've chosen them as my main subject to teach.

Do workshop goers need experience, or do you start with the basics?

We start with the very basics, so even if you've never picked up a paintbrush before in your life you can create something you'll be proud of by the end of the session. Everything is broken down step by step, so it's the perfect class for a complete beginner.

Do you provide tools?

Yes I do, everything you need on the day will be provided and there's also a page in your workbook that lists my recommended tools and where to buy them.

If you'd like to come along and have a go at watercolour painting, our next workshop is on Thursday 19th November at 6.30pm. You can book tickets here: https://www.bedfordshireflowerschool.co.uk/bookings-checkout/water-colour-workshop-1




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