Pat Blair

B201 Wedge Brush Watercolor Florals

Two and a Half Day Class
Tools & Materials

The triangle (or wedge) brush has become my favorite tool for graceful florals because they complement pointed pen work so well. In this class, we will learn how to use it to achieve graceful leaf shapes, and petal shapes. Through a series of exercises, we will explore the feel and technique used to create these shapes, and then put them together to achieve beautiful floral designs.

Supply List
  • Several sheets of cold press Arches watercolor paper (light weight is good for practice) or Canson Mixed Media or Watercolor pad
  • Triangle (wedge) brush, medium size
  • Tube watercolors: suggested colors for florals would be quinn rose, cad red deep, sap green, new gamboge, cad yellow, cerulean blue, Prussian blue, raw umber, Payne’s gray or your favorite spring garden colors
  • Small plastic palette
  • 2 containers for water
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
Materials Fee
$4.00: for the painted folders I am going to provide

Pat Blair served 12½ years as the Chief Calligrapher at the White House in Washington, D.C., directing the production of invitation and menu design for all official and social presidential events, calligraphy of placecards, envelopes and titles, certificate and resolution design, as well as production of programs and tour books. She served two years as the President of the Washington Calligraphers Guild, was the chairperson of the Graceful Envelope contest sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, and served as co-director for the International Lettering Conference, Letterforum. Teaching is a favorite pastime, and Pat has been on the faculty of over ten international calligraphy conferences and IAMPETH. She currently enjoys offering online classes via Zoom. Her work has been published in the Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Letter Arts Review, Top 100 New York Calligraphers, Grolier Club Calligraphy Revival, and Martha Stewart Weddings, among others. Her workshops emphasize the grace and elegance that letterforms can achieve by paying close attention to the beauty of the form. Pat has been awarded the title Master Penman by the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting for her work.