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Watercolor Flora - Mary Delaney with Claire Wilson

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Wednesday, October 11, 5:00 - 6:30pm PST

“I have invented a new way of imitating flowers”

Mary Delaney was a British socialite and artist living in the 18th century. A true late bloomer at the age of 72 she began her life’s masterpiece of a series of 986 floral collages - way before Picasso was credited with having invented collage! Mary referred to her collages as paper mosaics and they were lovingly constructed and assembled on black painted backgrounds. She masterfully observed her botanist friends floral dissections, and married art and science with her practice.

Using floral reference as a starting point we’ll sketch out a composition, mix a custom colour palette, and experiment with creating watercolor painted sheets. Experimenting with textures, values and mark making to prepare sheets with which to build our collage.

Once our sheets are dry we’ll cut and assemble our paper plants into a final layout. Once we’re happy with the arrangement we’ll glue them onto a dark background which was the signature look of Mary's intricate paper “mosaics”.

Join zoom 15 minutes early (4:45pm PST) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 5:05pm PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • Your Favourite Watercolor paints - some warms, cools, neutrals, and maybe a neon if you have one!
  • Brushes - size 4 round and 6-8 round, and a ½ inch flat brush if you have one to create washes
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • Paper Towel
  • 90lb Watercolor paper - 3/4 sheets - I find this lighter weight of paper much easier to cut
  • 1 x 9 x 12 sheet of 140lb paper - black construction paper would also work
  • Pencil
  • PVA glue - eg Modge Podge or gluestick
  • Exacto Knife or small pair of scissors
  • *optional - washi or artists tape
  • **Bristle Brush /or old toothbrush for stippling paint
  • *** Hairdryer to speed up drying time
  • ** if you would like to prep ahead of time please paint your 9 x 12 sheet of 140lb with a dark colour like indigo or black- this will form the base of your collage


    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 session.

    *Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Email if you would like to request a spot. Free spots are first come, first serve.

    **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 session.

    ***Links to sessions will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the session; please check out using the email to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the session, please check your spam folder first and email


    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.

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