Sonia Mocnik’s: Smartie still-life; a beginner guide to colour mixing in Watercolour

October 30, 2020


Not a trick, this is a treat to work with three primary Opus essential watercolours to produce all the colours needed to create a still life of a Smartie box. The question is “Do you paint the red ones last?” or do you go for the lighter colours first. All will be explained during this demo mixing Hansa Yellow Light, Permanent Quin Rose and Phthalo blue to create the primary, secondary and range of colours needed. To begin, Sonia will share tips on creating the shape of a smartie box and ways of making the logo easier to draw. As the demo continues with various methods of colouring and shading, Sonia will help you understand how to mix each of the three primaries together whilst avoiding the dreaded watercolour “mud”. Finishing touches and detail will be added with fineliner and white gel pen. This will be a wonderful demonstration for those starting out in watercolour or anyone looking to refine their colour mixing skills while using a limited palette.

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

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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.







Supply list



Arches 140 lb cold press paper 1/8th or a sheet or similar 9x 12



Opus essential Watercolours Phthalo blue

Opus essential Watercolours Permanent Quin Rose

Opus essential Watercolours Hansa yellow light



8 round, 1 or 2 round opus galiano brushes

2 davinci round cosmo spin  synthetics

1 winsor and newton series 7  – sable brush

2 escoda versatile synthetic

Couple of extra brushes to mix colours with so as not to completely contaminate everything



Standard HB graphite or Faber Castell water soluble graphite pencil 2HB


Fine tipped pens

Copic Multiliner – water and copic proof

Uniball White Gel Pen



Spray bottle

Masking fluid

Water holder

Mixing dish

Kneaded eraser

Rubber cement eraser

Small ruler or something to draw the box lines with,

Lid of a spray bottle to help make smartie circles

Masking Tape

Corrugated plastic board

Tissue/ cloth/ sponge to wipe colour from brush and dab if necessary


October 30, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Event Type
Live Stream