Painting Flowers in Watercolour Ink with Sophie Aston

Course Description

Watercolour inks are more vibrant than conventional watercolour and are perfect for working wet on wet to produce organic and spontaneous studies.
The day will begin with a slide show and some demonstrations; the inks lend themselves to various ways of working so bring brushes of different sizes. There will be some dip pens and pipets available to borrow as well as some soluble graphite pencils. You will come away with multiple studies and there will be the opportunity to make more sustained paintings – the day is designed for experimentation and you will learn to ‘go with the flow’ as you balance observational drawing against the unpredictable movement of the ink.

It is possible to bring acrylic inks as an alternative to the standard variety; both are great. Acrylic ink is permanent once dry and slightly more opaque.

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All abilities welcome



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  • Watercolour inks: It is possible to mix most colours from the three primary colours. Sophie likes to have: Lemon yellow as well as a warm yellow, vermillion and rose madder, ultramarine and black.


    Watercolour brushes: at least three sizes –  a small one for detail as well as a large one

    Watercolour paper: Sophie recommends Bockingford paper as the inks flow nicely over it rather than being immediately absorbed by it. 4 to 6 pieces of A3 size is ideal or larger sheets cut down.

    If you have a dip pen, permanent pen or wax candle – these things might come in useful but are not essential.

    A pencil, a sharpener and an eraser are useful

All art materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop, 26 River Street Truro TR1 2SJ, and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the course.


Sophie aston

Sophie Aston trained at Glasgow School of Art and Chelsea College of Art in the 1990’s; her work has been exhibited internationally. Highlights of her career include being selected for The John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 2004 and a solo show in New York City in 2014. Sophie established a reputation for making very large landscape paintings during the early part of her career however she now prefers to work small scale in collage or in watercolour. Sophie has taught extensively in adult education as well as at the School of Art, University of Brighton and at Byam Shaw School of Art.

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Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.

On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.


The Coach House
Bodrean, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 9AG

Course Details


18 May 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm




18 May 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm



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