Sandrine Maugy


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MEDIUM: Watercolor | Ink | Mixed Media | Printmaking 
SPECIALTY: ✔ Technique

I am thrilled to be part of the Mastrius program because it lets me approach the sharing of knowledge and skills in a way that is less formulaic and more personal than regular teaching.

My groups will revolve around color, tone, watercolor techniques and composition.

I am fascinated by color and I have done extensive research not only from an artistic point of view but also on the science behind it, including the composition, behavior and interaction of paints and pigments. Botanical and floral painting require color skills in a crucial way, giving endless inspiration to explore every part of the color wheel.

We will explore tonal values and different ways to render light and dark, using different types of shadows and highlights, across a range of subjects and surroundings.

Working primarily wet-on-wet, we will learn watercolor techniques such as Harmonic Shadows, layering washes of transparent colors, mixing colors straight on the paper and glazing.

Composition always plays a role in building a painting, from the emotions that you wish to convey to the placement of focus points. There are many rules to composition, and also many ways to break them in a constructive manner.

As an artist joining my groups you will get a lot of support, advice and tuition. I wrote and taught the botanical illustration course for London Art College and I taught for the Society of Botanical Artists Diploma for several years which gives me years of experience giving feedback in an honest and positive way. I will also help you to develop self-assessments, giving you the tools see your art and your goals more clearly.

Together we will work on your weaknesses and develop your strengths.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

Sandrine’s EXPERTISE

Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.

Specialty: ✔ Technique 



Colour and Composition


Technique Demos


Providing Art Critiques


Teaching How to Self Critique


Supplies and Tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend



Products, Prints, Reproductions


Studio Time Management

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~ Elizabeth, Emerging Artist


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Sandrine Maugy is a fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists and the French Society of Botanical Illustration. Her work hangs in collections in Europe, Australia and the United States. Sandrine regularly teaches residential courses at the prestigious West Dean College and runs an art blog, YouTube channel Atelier Sandrine Maugy and a Patreon site, with students from all over the world. Sandrine’s first book Colours of Nature was published in 2013 and her second book Botanical Watercolours through the Seasons in July 2022. The French translation was published in the summer of 2023. She also writes articles for Artists & Illustrators Magazine. In 2023 Daniel Smith Watercolors released the Sandrine Maugy Palette.

Sandrine’s painting style captures the pure, vibrant colours of nature using wet-in-wet watercolour washes, giving this traditional style a contemporary twist.

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