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KATIE MCKINNON - the editions

PRIVATE CREATIVE WORKSHOP ONLINE for Annie and her Grandmother


KATIE MCKINNON - the editions

PRIVATE CREATIVE WORKSHOP ONLINE for Annie and her Grandmother


OCEANIC BIOLUMINESCENCE. An intuitive, abstract painting workshop for adult participants, facilitated online by Australian artist Katie McKinnon. Workshop duration 80 minutes.

The workshop will encourage you to connect with your creativity and find your flow! To direct your focus to the process and not the outcome. To be present in the simple joy and wonder of painting, establish a sense of pride in achievement, discover your own unique skills, and - most importantly - to enjoy yourself and have a laugh!

Professional artist Katie McKinnon will gently guide workshop participants through a number of fluid abstract painting techniques, tips and tricks, to create a beautiful painting inspired by bioluminescence in the underwater world.

Attendance to each workshop is strictly limited. Workshop cost is $40 per person or $50 per couple located in the same home sharing a camera/screen. Prices include GST. Should you have any questions, please reach out to

After you have registered for the workshop, you will receive a special Spotify playlist of music, inspired by the oceans of Australia, to enjoy before and after the workshop. This will be sent via email, together with instructions on how to access the workshop and a list of materials.


Please prepare in advance from this list. Try to make do with materials that are available from your home. Experimenting with new, found materials is fun. It is not important to have every item. One option from each bullet point is necessary. The other items are just suggestions to further your practice.

Australian Art Supplies stores offering delivery services are listed below the materials. Katie can also arrange painting kits containing all materials, delivered to your door.

ESSENTIAL MATERIALS (select at least one option per bullet point)

    2-3 sheets from a Canvas pad OR thick art paper OR draw and wash pad OR smooth YUPO paper OR watercolour paper OR a stretched/unstretched canvas. If you decide on the canvas option, its a great idea to have a few additional sheets of watercolour paper so you can further or continue your practice.

    Any blue and green watercolour or acrylic paint in a tube OR liquid acrylic paint OR coloured pigment ink, OR food colouring in blue and green - plus other colours if you have them.
  • WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT. White artist or student acrylic in a tube is best OR flowing liquid acrylic OR white pigment ink.
  • CUPS. Disposable or plastic cups OR glass jars, at least 3. Plus one cup of fresh water.
    Small spray bottle, recycled perfume atomiser or mister, filled with water. Large spray bottles will also work, please set nozzle to a medium-fine/slow mist.
  • Clean kitchen sponge/scourer, plus paper towel or wet wipes for cleaning. 

Whatever items you have from this list, found at home. Just a few, not all are necessary. I have *underlined my favourites:
*paddle pop stick, plastic fork and spoon, *wooden skewer, *glitter - especially silver, gold and blue shades, *salt or salt flakes, cling wrap, coloured watercolour paints, artist pastels, fabric scraps or cut up pieces of old clothing, coffee filters, egg poaching bags, empty tea bags, textured paper towel, cupcake wrappers, facial tissue, recycled packaging like coffee lids and soft plastic, bubble wrap, painters masking tape, found objects and leaves, sticks and pebbles from the garden.

Prepare your space with a splash mat or drop cloth covering your table, and the floor if necessary. 
It is essential you protect your hands with kitchen rubber gloves, waterproof garden gloves, or vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves if available (disposable gloves are best). Food colour in particular is highly pigmented and will temporarily stain skin.
Wear old clothes that can get a little painty, a big shirt or an apron. Tie long hair back. Please bring your favourite beverage* and a growth mindset. Our workshops will focus on the process of intuitive painting over outcomes, trying new things, being gentle with ourselves and others, practicing upcycling and sustainability, being present, really enjoying our creativity and having fun.

*INK + DRINK ART WORKSHOPS encourage you to enjoy your favourite cold or hot beverage safely and responsibly


Artshed Online 

Melbourne Artists’ Supplies – order by phone and they will arrange delivery to the local Melbourne area. Melbourne 9639 6622  -  Hampton East/Moorabbin 9553 3663  -  Brunswick 9387 1331

Officeworks, Bunnings, Australia Post outlets, variety stores, newsagents, larger conventional supermarkets and smaller independent supermarkets also carry art and craft supplies and food colouring. Most offer contactless home delivery services.

Care will be taken by the workshop facilitator to encourage gentle and careful art practice, however art practice can sometimes get a little messy, so please ensure you take the recommended steps to protect your clothing and property.
If you are unable to attend a scheduled workshop due to illness, or if there are technical difficulties with the broadcast, we will arrange for you to join another workshop.

Please keep noise (music, pets, young children) in your home to a minimum to ensure all participants can hear the workshop.
Workshops are facilitated via ZOOM. Participants should log in 10 minutes prior to the start of the workshop, to ensure their equipment is working, and to connect and chat with Katie and the other workshop participants. Should you have any questions, please reach out anytime to

Learn more about Katie McKinnon, her art and design practice and workshops.

Image credits:
1. Katie McKinnon
2. Suzi Appel Photography, Bee Czarnota Stylist/Creative Direction
3. © Lisa Werner / Alamy Stock Photo
4. Moonlighter, Blue Drummer and Coral painting by Katie McKinnon