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Fantasy Painting with Gouache
with Carli Christina

Illustrator Carli Christina guides students through a fantasy illustration with faeries and mushrooms.

September 21st, 10:00am-3:00pm

$ 160 + supplies


Carli can teach you various techniques using gouache and mixed media to create a magical fantasy illustration in this workshop.


Transfer the drawing to illustration board and you're off and running following along with Carli step by step. 

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What to expect from your workshop with Carli

In this workshop, Carli will explain step-by-step how to paint a fantasy fairy and mushroom themed art piece using the medium gouache! In this workshop, we will discuss: transferring a sketch to illustration board, using watercolor and watercolor pencils as an underpainting, and creating different effects with gouache. 


Provided Supplies:

  • Illustration board 

  • Graphite paper (for transferring drawing)

Students should bring:

  • Pen/pencil

  • Watercolor pencils

  • M Graham watercolor 

  • M Graham gouache - primaries 

  • Watercolor Brushes (a selection)


About Carli


I began drawing as early as I can remember. Both of my parents were and are very talented in many ways. They definitely encouraged my creativity. 


I remember my mom would draw our pet guinea pigs and I loved the level of detail she was able to achieve with a pencil, I thought it was unreal. My dad also had a skill set with drawing and would draw cartoons to make me laugh. My grandpa on my dad’s side did a lot of watercolors with inkwork, and that really captured my interest.


I have been drawing essentially my whole life. Since I was a child it helped me observe the world around me. At 11 years old, it became a way for me to understand my feelings better. It was always a way for my voice to be expressed and for me to communicate with myself and others. As I grew up, I would draw every single day in class. Eventually teachers gave up on telling me not to draw on my homework.


In 2015, I began college at the Northwest College of Art & Design and got my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Communications (majoring in Entertainment Art and Illustration) in 2018.


In 2022 I returned to NCAD and have been teaching classes like Advanced Painting, Imagery & Design,  Advanced Illustration, Visual Development, & Color Theory.


My work can often be described as dark surrealism. It’s ominous, but often with a whimsical and unearthly spin. 


I am a mixed media artist, but the mediums I typically use are gouache paints and inks. Sometimes I use watercolor pencils and pastels for minor details.

To learn more about the artist - visit her website at 

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