Art Making | Watercolors: Using Toned Paper and Gouache


Art Making | Watercolors: Using Toned Paper and Gouache

Thursday, July 1, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free online watercolor classes. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom. With an emphasis on color mixing and brushwork, each week’s lesson will be inspired by works in the Museum’s collections.

To help push the range of values in their watercolor paintings, many artists use a combination of toned papers instead of pure white, with the assistance of gouache paint to bring back areas of the lightest tones. In this class we will experiment with both, using Arthur Bowen Davies painting The Riviera as an example.

Materials list 

Additional materials are needed for this class:

  • Any size tube of white gouache, such as Winsor & Newton 
  • Toned paper such Strathmore Mixed Media paper in tan or gray  or make your own. To make your own, tape your watercolor paper to the table surface, and with enough water, glaze a light color evenly over the paper. Either use a hairdryer to increase drying time or let it sit to dry. Uneven patches of wet paper might cause beautiful cauliflower-shaped blooms. You can keep those - or monitor the paper as it dries, soaking up small puddles to prevent the blooms. 

Free registration via Zoom here. (when prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the "CC" icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar "español" o el idioma de su elección.

LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970. This program, including live closed-captioning, is made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation. 


Arthur Bowen Davies, American, 1862–1928. The Riviera, ca. 1925. Gouache and blue crayon. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Remak Ramsay, Class of 1958