Block Prints and Watercolor with Helen Shafer Garcia

A modern twist on an ancient art that is so achievable

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Course intro and interview with Helen Shafer Garcia and Tami Macala

Learn how to work with some of Helen's favorite tools and materials while she shares her tips and secrets for creating her unique and totally achievable Block Prints and Watercolors!

It is important that an art instructor be a good artist, but they also must be very good at presenting their techniques and style with a thorough, yet easy to understand approach. Helen Shafer Garcia is one of those artists and instructors, and we are thrilled to present her latest course, “Block Prints and Watercolor” here at Create Arts Online.

Helen teaches her block print and watercolor techniques with a very relaxed, yet informative approach. She shares each step in detail, and it will feel like Helen is by your side as you learn one section at a time.

In this course you will learn:

  • Why Helen loves this technique so much
  • Helen’s favorite tools and materials
  • Where to find inspiration for your designs
  • How to create your design in an easy-to-draw approach
  • How to transfer the design to the rubber plate
  • How carve out the design or image of the block print/plate
  • How to test the plate before adding paint
  • How to add Helen’s favorite paint to the plate
  • How to transfer the plate to the paper
  • How to paint with watercolors and Helen’s well known “drop in” technique
  • How to add final details and collage elements
  • How to embellish with colored pencils
  • How to make multiple prints that can be made on a variety of surfaces
  • How to sign your work and make it an "edition" piece

This technique can be used on a wide variety of substrates or materials. It is not only good on hot pressed watercolor paper, but it can be used on old book pages, untreated cotton fabric, clay, rice paper, wood, metal, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Once you learn Helen’s techniques you will have the confidence and skills to be creating your very own one-of-a-kind block prints that can be used over and over again, year after year. Once you have started your course, feel free to reach out to Helen in the comment sections of the course with your questions or photos of your work.

I just finished printing and water colour painting my first block from this class. I loved it! So much fun. I printed these on Canson Mixed Media paper, and on Thai handmade banana leaves paper. The Thai paper really sucked up the paint, but I kind of like the effect. Kathleen D.

What a fun class! I started with the Quail and then did a floral "pineappley" design that became underwater plants. I will be continuing my efforts so that I can improve. Thank you! Ellen G.

Your Instructor

Helen Shafer Garcia
Helen Shafer Garcia

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media, book arts, ceramics artist and

award winning illustrator. Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover
brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous international resorts
and magazines for more than 30 years. Awards include four San Diego Press
Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden
Lifestyles Magazine. Her works and articles have been published in Southwest
Art, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles, and Studios
Magazines. Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in
illustration and ceramics. She is a signature member of San Diego Watercolor
Society and teaches watercolor and mixed media workshops internationally and
across the US.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

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