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Fluid Flora: Summer Tropics with Claire Wilson

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Saturday, June 22, 11:00am - 12:30pm PT

Summer is here, and as the temperatures rise I look to warmer climes for inspiration, and have documented many tropical flowers on my travels. The perfect companion to tropical flowers is fruit - their vibrant colour and texture lend themselves to the alchemy of water and pigments colliding.

Fruit are often present in still life paintings to symbolize prosperity, abundance, and the fleeting nature of life. 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 tropical flowers and fruit 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 PT) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 11:05am PT 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 12 round and 1/2 or liner for smaller details, I also love filbert brushes to paint petals
  • 2 x Cups of Water
  • Paper Towel or Studio cloth
  • 9 x 12 Sheet Watercolor paper - I’ll be using my fave 140lb Arches cold press watercolour paper but any 140lb/300gms watercolour paper will work
  • Spare sheet of paper to swatch colours
  • Floral reference - fresh flowers and fruit are great if you have access to some to observe from life, 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.