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Simple ink or watercolor wash for fast value studies

January 27 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am PST

Learn how to create value gradations with monochromatic watercolor and brush pens.

Let’s use a brush to create our values. Learn techniques with monochromatic watercolor and Tombo brush pens to create fast value studies. Bring paper brushes, watercolor, and gray value Tombo pens. Try an N95 (lightest), N75 (light), and an N65 (dark). 

Download and print the lion skull worksheet before the class.

Join John Muir Laws for weekly live nature Journaling workshops with tips, techniques, inspiration, teaching strategies, and interviews. Topics are usually announced in advance of the workshop. If special materials or class-specific downloads are available, you can find them here in the class description before the class. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No registration is necessary.

Suggested donation: $20. Your donation helps support me and my family. Your generosity is deeply appreciated and it makes an immediate difference in my ability to continue to offer these programs. Your donation is tax-deductible. Click here to donate. If you are not able to donate at this time, no problem–please continue to enjoy the classes and find another way to pay it forward in your community with acts of kindness and service. Thank you!

If you are new to Zoom or are having trouble with the meeting controls, please see these notes and suggestions on Zoom Tips for Online Classes with John Muir Laws to help you get more out of the online workshop. When possible I will also make a recording of the workshop and post it on my blog. I look forward to seeing you there!


  • Your Journal and favorite drawing materials. Taking notes while you watch and participate will help you remember the new techniques and incorporate them into your journaling.
  • Bring paper brushes, watercolor, and gray value Tombo pens. I use a small set of three cool gray Tombo pens: N95 (lightest), N75, and N52 or N55 (both darker). 
  • Your sense of humor!
$20 Suggested Donation

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