Virtual Intro to Water-Soluble Oils with Nancy Lohmiller

Fridays, January 29, February 5:  1-2:30 pm

Join award-winning artist in this 3-hour workshop, as we explore the process and development of water-soluble oils. In the first class, we will cover the tools and techniques to achieve a variety of styles. There will be time for questions and answers throughout the class. Students are encouraged to play with their canvas and paints and become comfortable with blending paint, oil and water. Using a simple object such as an apple or pear, we will explore what the brush will do, the thinness/thickness of the paint and how it affects the object. *Remember, there is no wrong way; and with these oils, erasing is a breeze! The second class will further the conversation of techniques and development of individual style. Students will receive a digital image to work from and clear handouts for use after the class. A supply list is available online.

Virtual Fee:  $34 CCC Members / $41 Non-Members


Intro to Water Soluble Oil Painting with Nancy Lohmiller

Supply List

• NOTE:  This class may be adapted for traditional oil painters, just be sure to have supplies to support the solvents you use such as linseed oil, turpenoids, thinners etc. I use water-soluble oils. Some of my supplies differ from traditional oils. They work the same as traditional oils but are easier to clean with water and Dawn dish soap and less toxic.

Brushes - Bristle brush for lying in your painting

A. Basic round brush is the workhorse of painting. Sable is the best but expensive. I use Sable/Synthetics - they work well and hold their shape.

~ Round Brushes sizes: #6, #8, #10 #12

B. Flat Brushes are great for clean smooth edges. Important Tip: make sure your brushes come to a crisp fine point.

~ Flat Brushes sizes: 1/2 inch and 1inch

Palette - even in oils I find a covered palette allows mobility, protects paints and

avoids a mess with wet paint.  I use paper palettes and a pizza box to store. But they stay wet for about a week and a spray of water and/or oil brings them back to life.

Canvas – approximate size of 9x12” or 11x 14” will work well for our purpose.

Choose from canvas board or standard canvas (they come stretched and coated with gesso)


• Common paint brands are: Winsor-Newton, Winsor-Newton Artisans, Holbein, Daniel Smith, Coptic, Rembrandt. They can be purchased at Michael’s or online at Dick Blicks.

• Note - there are many pigments, all reputable manufactures of quality pigments.

• Choosing paints, you want a cool and warm tone for each of the primary colors.

They are: Yellow, Blue, and Red

(I also recommend Yellow Ochre, Hookers or Sap Green, Burnt Sienna and/or Burnt Umber)

Optional: Gloves - Some prefer rubber gloves when using paints. But with Water-soluble oils I have never found a need.

Tools/supplies - Easel Toothbrush, Natural Sponge/s, towel, paper towel, glass jar or plastic container, water and Dawn dish soap to rinse and clean brushes

Solvents - Walnut Oil - get it at the grocery store. (Less toxic)

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    Cedarburg, WI  53012



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