Enchanted Waters Workshop

Negative Painting Acrylic

Linda Kemp Online Art Workshop

 February 8 - 10 , 2024 

Thank you for joining me and I hope you enjoyed all of the lessons and that you will join me again.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to find the all the daily videos! The lessons will be available until April 6 and then they will magically disappear. Please do not share. 

Art supplies for Canadians

From Ampersand:

"Opus is the main online seller of Ampersand in Canada. Aboveground also has some, and can order through their distributor for items they’re missing. Kings Art & Framing is another good option and carries Floaterframes too!

There are some others like Gwartzman’s that have some stock, but I’m not sure about shipping."

From Holbein re. Mat Acrylics:

Online in Canada ARTiculations, Toronto , The Paint Spot, Edmonton, Gwartzman's, Toronto

In store Kensington, Calgary, Inglewood, Calgary, Iron Oxide, Nanaimo. AvenueDes Arts, Westmount QC, Valerie d'Art Pointe Claire, QC




My thanks to Louise Hall and Sue Contini at Leading Edge Workshops for hosting this event.  

The handbook is yours to keep on your computer. Print the fish template page on standard 8.5 x 11" piece of printer paper.

Come for a visit on my webpage to see lots of other fun animals and birds! 

Linda's website - free download of tips and more!

Negative Painting Addicted

MY Facebook Page

FB Workshop Page where you can post your work


Test your paints! This is important for acrylic and watercolour paints. If you are not sure if your colours are transparent or opaque, here's a video to help you test your paints.

You will find more bonus videos at the bottom of this page.



Do you need help selecting your painting surfaces for the workshop? Here's a tutorial about choosing between canvas, panel and more. This video was made especially for Enchanting Waters Workshop as we paint water lilies and whimsical fish.


    Scroll down to the bottom find a copy of my general supply list - this was sent to you before the workshop with your confirmation. Below each project you will also find the specific colours used as a guide. You do not need to have the exact colours that I work with for success. I'm happy to answer your questions about substitutions. 

    Course Description - is at the bottom of page

    Workshop Daily Painting Projects 

     Day 1

    Start with the basics!


    Any small canvas or panel. I will use a 6 x 8" reclaimed canvas.


    Main Painting Project


    Any canvas or panel - I will use an 8" x 10" Ampersand Claybord


    Day 2

    1. Brushstroke techniques exercise  2. Basic water lily exercise  3. Main painting project

    Start with waterlily basics


    Main painting project - Floating Water Lilies and Ripples

    Extra - compass, ellipse stencil, French curve or large plate or pot lid for making curves. Any small canvas or panel - my choice is 8 x 8" Ampersand Aquaboard


    Day 3

     Start with a experimental underpainting and simple template


    Main Painting Project - Koi Fish and Multiple Templates


    Here are my colours but go ahead and choose your own favourites for this project. 
    Transparent Red Iron Oxide or any transparent deep orange/red
    Any canvas or panel - mine will be 8 x 8" Claybord

    Reference Photos



    Handout - this will be sent to you by email. Please print an 8.5 x 11" copy of this for Day 3.

    Handout is also included in the course handbook - but here is a reminder. 





    Also see video above to help you choose a painting surface.

    Bonus Video

    Reclaiming canvas and panels



    Extra Bonus - Mixing Lights



    Day 1 Lessons 







     Day 2 Lessons





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    Course Description

    Inspired by Nature - Painting Enchanted Waters in Acrylic
     Explore the captivating art of negative painting with acrylics to depict water lilies and whimsical fish as you join us on a creative voyage into the delightful world of “Inspired by Nature: Painting Enchanted Waters.”

    Water, with its ever-evolving character, possesses a spellbinding quality. When we introduce water lilies, fanciful fish and the warm sparkle of sunlight, true magic takes form. In this workshop you learn how to make fascinating textured underpainting. Then build your painting with minimal details and layer shapes with transparent and opaque acrylics on canvas and panel.

    Within this journey, you will master the intricacies of negative painting to reveal delicate petals, glistening leaves, and the dance of light upon the water's surface. These skills will allow you to create an ethereal atmosphere in your artwork.

    In this interactive online program, Linda offers new projects each day, taking you through step-by-step exercises in this engaging workshop. This unique hybrid program blends live instruction with exclusive video demonstrations created for this workshop. You'll have ample time to work on your projects and seek guidance through the process. Access a private workshop webpage, complete with reference photos, a supply list, bonus lessons, and a comprehensive full-colour handbook for download, encompassing all the lessons, tips, and reference materials.