Let’s Face it! Tips to Help Paint Skin Tones in Watercolour with Sonia Mocnik

January 10, 2021


When: Jan 10, 2021 11:00 AM Vancouver

Join Vancouver-based Artist and Educator Sonia Mocnik in this fun demonstration aimed at taking the fear out of painting portraits in watercolour.  Using a palette of specially selected colours, attendees will learn the essential techniques for mixing different skin tones in watercolour. This  permanent rose, hansa yellow light, ultramarine blue, viridian and quinacridone burnt orange to bring two drawings to life.

Sonia will help you understand colour values ranges for flesh tones and teach you some essential skills to simplify your approach to painting a facial profile. This colour process will set the stage and prepare for her step by step demonstration of how to paint two different profiles: pale and mid brown skin tones. You can refer to her video demonstration that will be accessible on YouTube after the demo. Suitable for the beginner to intermediate watercolour painter.

Materials List


140lb cold-press arches paper

Watercolours – Opus Essential Watercolours or Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours

  • Hansa Yellow Light
  • Permanent Rose
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Viridian Green
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Burnt Sienna


  • 8 or 6 round Opus Galiano brushes or 2 DaVinci Spin round synthetic brushes (multiple brushes are used to maintain clarity of colour)
  • 1 or 2 round Winsor and newton series 7 fine sable brushes
  • 1 Escoda Versatil brush (round, Size 0)


Tissues, white uniball signo gel pen

Scrap watercolour paper to test out colours


Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Artist Bio

Sonia Mocnik is Vancouver born and raised and has always enjoyed creating art. Her watercolour paintings capture colour, light and their relationship to the narrative she tries to express. Sonia has taken art instruction through the Federation of Canadian Artists Foundations Program, as well as other art workshops in Canada and Mexico. She is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a member of Hycroft Painters, the International Watercolour Society of Canada, the West Vancouver Community Arts Council, Richmond Arts Coalition and North Vancouver Arts and the Art Rental Program. She instructs watercolour classes online and through the West Vancouver Community Center and the Roundhouse.  She will be participating in the upcoming Eastside Culture Crawl virtually with Portside Studios where she shares studio space.







January 10, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm