Flower Collage II - Explore More

The next Explore Colour course, a repeat of Flower Collage II - Explore More will run from 11 January to 8 February 2020.


In the summer of 2018 the first Flower Collage course was launched. This was developed by Esté Macleod as an alternative program to explore the medium of painted paper collage by using fluid acrylic paints for a selection of techniques together with paintbrushes, stamping, colour transfer, duplication and masking.

Flowers are the perfect subject to explore creative styles and by using paper collage as medium it allows one to be brave with colour combinations and experimentation with paint techniques.

Due to demand, a new follow-on course was run in October 2019. This same course in now being repeated in January 2020. 


The main projects are built around different colour combinations and adaptations to create varieties of outcomes by means of different painting and mark making techniques. Flower Collage II - Explore More is a course developed to inspire artists and designers alike. The course is suitable for all levels of experience and it isn't necessary to have done the original course in order to do this one: I will demonstrate processes at the beginning to get everyone up to speed.



The course material will be published on www.explorecolour.com via a password-protected page. There is a closed Facebook group page to aid communication, and where outcomes of the projects can be posted; it is for general networking and the place where the live demos are streamed and where Esté will answer questions and provide feedback.




The course runs from 11 January to 8 February 2020 with two additional months access to the course to enable you to catch up or to redo projects.




Flower Collage II costs £195.

Basic Material List


Here's a list of the materials that will be used throughout the course. ​


  • Golden HIGH FLOW acrylic paint 2oz (30ml) basic set of ten opaque colours. Please note, not FLUID acrylic, it needs to be High Flow Paint, it is more versatile than regular paint since it behaves like ink I recommend buying the GOLDEN High Flow set of 10 colours (opaque) Colour is central to this course, and the set is ideal to develop ranges of colours used in the course.​

  • NEW for Flower Collage II Golden's Golden Iridescent fine, (this is the colour gold) High flow 30ml

  • Alternatively if GOLDEN High flow is not available use acrylic inks such as FW or Liquitex acrylic ink similar to four colours mentioned but it will not give you the same value in terms of paint strength and selection of paint colours to mix. Regular acrylic paint is NOT suitable for this course.

  • Golden Matte painting medium 237ml or 473ml if you would like to explore more. (Not Gel, not gloss, not fluid matte, just Golden’s regular Matte Painting medium)

  • Deli paper, one box, SENIOR SIZE around 10”x10” (I use Logan, a US brand, available on Amazon and Jacksons')

  • Sketchbook: Cartridge or watercolour paper size large, paper should be suitable for water-based medium. (I recommend Moleskine A4 watercolour)

  • Thick (300gm) quality watercolour sheets x12 or watercolour paper pad size A3 or larger, around 12”x16”

  • I recommend Arches Aquarelle watercolour block 12x16" Cold Pressed fine (the green cover)

  • Cartridge paper or sketchbook for drawing and testing (large)

  • Paintbrushes: Watercolour or soft nylon brushes suitable for acrylic. I will send a detailed list of the brushes I use in a follow up email to registrants)

  • Fine point, medium size,

  • Fan brush,

  • Flat, large size

  • Comb brush medium size

  • Angled, Dagger or sword brush, medium

  • Old toothbrush or stencil brush.

  • Carbon copy paper black 10 sheets (use NEW WAXED based ones as they lose intensity with use) DO NOT GET GRAPHITE OR TRANSFER PAPER. Look for Carbon paper on Amazon, contact Esté if unsure.

  • General art materials: Graphite pencils, black Pigment ink fine liners, Masking tape, Masking fluid (not permanent or wax based) Pen sized craft knife, (not too big) optional

  • Dip pen with own choice of nibs. I recommend Speedball's map set for drawing with high flow acrylics.

  • Interior or Fashion Magazine, used for colour combinations.

  • Derwent Inktense Pencil Ink black (a single pencil, not a set) this is an important tool.

  • Watercolours, a basic set, either hobby, student quality or similar to Winsor and Newton. Not professional quality.

  • Balloon

  • Cardboard inner tubes of loo rolls or kitchen paper towels.

  • Optional-A SMALL rotary cutter (18mm or 28mm) and surface suitable for cutting, like a cutting matt or cardboard.

  • Optional-Regular colour pencils, nothing special needed, include white and black.

  • Optional-Sakura or other white permanent gel pen ​​



Most art materials are available from Jacksons’ Art and Ken Bromley in the UK, they also ship abroad. In the United States the supplier is Dick Blick. Please get in touch if you are stuck with regards to supplies. Golden Acrylic paints has a store locator here.

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