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Fluid Florals - Orchids with Claire Wilson

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Saturday, July 20, 11:00am - 12:30pm PST

This workshop is inspired by my recent visit to the stunning Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Orchids come in a myriad of varieties, and their blooms have harmonious colour palettes and patterns that lend themselves perfectly to watercolour medium.

I’ll be using CFM circle paper, which is letterpressed and frames each floral study in the loveliest way. Flowers have been a constant source of inspiration for my textile designs for many years and I just find it so therapeutic to try and capture their beauty with paint.

There’s something magical about the fluidity and movement of pigments traveling through water that can represent the iridescence of petals. In this session we’ll be studying orchids and observe their wide range of colour and depth. Exploring wet on wet, charging, and pulling techniques we’ll move pigments around to capture the magic of flowers.

Join zoom 15 minutes early (10:45am PST) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 11:00am PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • Watercolour paints - some warms, cools, neutral like a grey or ochre, and maybe a neon if you have one! I’ll be using the CFM all the feels custom blends palette as it's perfect for flowers.
  • Mixing Palette Brushes - size 4/6 large round and 1/2 round or liner for smaller details
  • 2 x Cups of Water
  • Paper Towel or Studio Cloth
  • CFM Circle Paper - i love the way the raised circle frames flowers but any 140lb/300gms watercolour paper will work
  • Spare sheet of paper to swatch colours/warm up exercise
  • Floral reference - fresh flowers are great if you have access to some, I’ll also be providing reference photos.
  • *optional - washi or artists tape
  • **optional - white watercolour or gouache


Claire Wilson is a fine artist, creative educator, and textile designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Through her work she explores the beauty of the female form, interior spaces & fashion while considering the use of colour, shape and textures. Having spent her career creating fabric designs in the fashion industry, colour palettes are the foundation of her practice.

See more of Claire’s work at and Instagram: @smudge_studiobk

All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the workshop.

* Zoom links are emailed 24 hours before the workshop starts; please check out using the email address to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the class, please check your spam folder first and email

** If you’d like to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open up the spot! We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. 

Thank you so much for taking our workshops. We do ask if you are planning on teaching in the future by using anything you’ve learned from us, to please credit Case for Making + the individual instructor where applicable.