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IN THE GARDEN : a Watercolor & Drawing Course with Sarah Simon

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In this course, Sarah Simon teaches five projects on drawing and watercolor foundations. With both continuous line and defined line drawing techniques plus color mixing and watercolor painting fundamentals, Sarah will guide you every step of the way through this drawing and watercolor course.

Each In The Garden Course comes with exclusive video education to support your journey and all the supplies necessary to complete all five projects. In each and every step throughout this process, you will be problem solving while finding your own creative voice. Take a deep breath and make that pen, paint and water swirl on your page!


The supplies in this course were hand selected by Sarah and will be used to complete all five of the projects:

  • 4 Windsor Newton Cotman 8ml Watercolor Tubes
          - Alizarin Crimson
          - Yellow Ochre
          - Ivory Black
          - Payne's Grey
  • 2 Windsor Newton Pro Series 5ml Watercolor Tubes
          - Titanium White
          - Oxide of Chromium
  • Princeton Select Round 1 and Round 4 Brushes
  • Sakura of America Black Micron .25 Pen
  • Speedball Crow Quill Dip Pen Set w/ Nibs, Holder & Black Acryic Ink
  • Holbein 1/2" Artist Tape
  • Drawing & Sketching Pencil
  • Prismacolor Artgum Eraser
  • 6" Helix Ruler
  • 8 Sheets of Hahnemuehle Brittania 7" x 10" Watercolor Paper
  • 2 Sheets of Arches 140lb Cold Press 7" x 10" Watercolor Paper
  • STANDARD EDITION: Medium Butcher Tray Palette
  • DELUXE EDITION: The Mint Gardener Vienna Travel Palette from Pottery by Eleni

Recorded Live Workshop with Sarah Simon, TheMintGardener "Florals & Botanicals"

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Paint with TheMintGardener! The recorded workshop allows you to take the workshop on your own time.  Upon purchase, you will receive a confirmation of your order and materials will be shipped to a location and participant of your choice.  When ready to paint, email us with your order number at and you will receive the link to the workshop. The link is a recording of an actual 2.5 hour Live Virtual Workshop with Sarah.  The participant will see and experience exactly what the live participants did with an up close view and excellent instruction.You can have the materials sent to you or another recipient.  

We will also send you and e-card that you can use or not (especially helpful if this is a last minute gift and you need it before the materials can be shipped). Once we hear from the recipient that they are ready to paint, we will send them a link to the class that will be available for 24 hours once initiated. The participant will not be able to participate in the live discussion, but Sarah is very available to her students via instagram direct message (@themintgardener) or email at

All of this information and more will be available in the materials packet.

Art Summit: Watercolor & Gouache

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Learn watercolor and gouache painting with me!

If you’ve been wanting to learn watercolor or gouache painting with me, I have a fun new announcement for you! I’m releasing TWO online courses that I filmed with Art Summits – one about watercolor florals, and one about gouache florals. Until now, these professionally-filmed courses were only available through larger bundles with other teachers… BUT now you can purchase them individually, making it super affordable to learn with me.

These are the most in-depth, detailed classes I’ve filmed on watercolor and gouache, covering everything from color mixing to paint consistency to overcoming your fear of drawing and so much more.

Watercolor Class On Demand

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Sometimes it just helps to SEE the magic happening. Come join us for the first time OR continue your painting adventure here with Sarah Simon, Artist and Author as we paint a lesson together in her book, Watercolor Workbook.


Watercolor your way through your very own copy of Watercolor Workbook, learning from the artist-author, Sarah Simon herself. Each class in this series focuses on a different lesson directly from her Watercolor Workbook.

With this previously recorded class, you will learn the techniques Sarah uses for watercolor, and see how she uniquely teaches the foundations of this art as a transferrable skill. Sarah teaches you step-by-step, and once you know how to paint a petal, that knowledge can be used to paint a large landscape or a very petite and defined pet. The possibilities are endless with this beautiful art!

Sarah has taught thousands of people how to watercolor and with her teaching talents, has made it such an approachable and enjoyable art form, both for the experienced and novice alike. After this class with Sarah, you will be skilled and knowledgeable, with the new ability to actually see and recreate the watercolor process, layer by layer. And you will have completed a beautiful piece of art as well!

We have created three tiers, so you can come as you are and meet this learning journey right where you need it:

  • Don’t have your Watercolor Workbook yet? Need all the supplies? No problem, select the option: “Book + Class Materials + Class Instruction” and you will receive everything you need to create on the day of class plus enough content and supplies to keep you painting!
  • You already have Watercolor Workbook but you’d like to have Sarah’s pro instruction and her favorite Materials that go with this class. Select the option: “Class Materials + Class Instruction” at checkout, and you will receive a Materials kit delivered to your front door, so you will have everything you need to create in class.
  • You’ve got everything you need, and/or have supplies from a previous class – but you want access to the class content? Select the option “Class Instruction Only” and you will receive a link to the virtual zoom class so you will have Sarah’s professional and live-time instruction.

The Crafters Box Course

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Welcome to an introduction to watercolor and gouache with artist Sarah Simon. Finding inspiration in the ever-blooming variety of textures and colors in her urban garden of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah creates lush watercolor paintings in a unique, artistic style that has captured an international following. In this workshop, Sarah introduces us to color blending theory, color gradient ‘washes’ – and using a live bouquet for inspiration – a detailed study of building watercolor florals from the ground up.Once we’ve each completed our bouquet – or floral fascination – together, Sarah introduces us to Florence, her favorite flower girl. We’ll finish our piece by customizing our own illustrated muse.This workshop includes:An in-depth, digital workshop by Sarah SimonA live & recorded Maker Chat Q&A with our artist

Tools and materials from artisan suppliers, curated for you, by SarahThe tools & materials included in this kit:

- Specialty Hahnemühle 140 lb cold press paper

- A hand-curated selection of Windsor & Newton watercolors and gouaches

- Pigma Micron 01Round 1 brush

- Round 2 brush

- HB Staedtler pencil

- Custom tracing art

- Art gum eraser

Watercolor Faux Flowers: English Garden Rose with The Mint Gardener plus Pink and Posey

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Quynh of @pinkandposey and Sarah of @themintgardener show you how to use two types of crepe paper, plus how to color and form garden roses petals and their foliage. We've developed an easy method to paint and form your rose petals. Anyone from beginner to expert will love this DIY project!  After you’ve created one, you won’t be able to stop. An entire rose garden can sprout from your mantelpiece as a stunning piece of home decor that will look fantastic year-round.

Learn how to watercolor your crepe paper with Sarah Simon and let Quynh show you how to create an English Garden Rose.

What you will learn with Sarah:

  1. How to mix four basic watercolor colors to achieve a beautiful cohesive palette.
  2. How to watercolor on crepe paper
  3. Understanding how to use watercolor on your crepe paper
  4. Learn basic paintbrush strokes to achieve a variety of realistic petal and foliage paint strokes

What you will learn with Quynh:

  1. How to make the create a unique multi-layer petal center
  2. How to combine German and Italian 90gsm crepe papers to create depth and lightness to your paper creation
  3. Learn how to miter your crepe paper to create rose foliages
  4. How to add your rose stem with your foliages so it blends seamlessly together

Flower Painting Club Freebie

Get a taste of the fun of TheMintGardener's Flower Painting Club with a free water-color template perfect for tracing.
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