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Location:  Trinity High School, 
810 Empire Rd, Dickinson, ND 58601

Contact:  Jan Stromsborg

Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Supply List

  1. 1 sheet 140 pound cold press paper  (We will probably be working on quarter sheets. (about 11” x 15” ) I usually like to cut the paper to size each day, because I work on odd sized papers. 

  2. Support board about 12” x 16”  (Use either gator board, foam core board or a plywood board for support.)  Or watercolor blocks work well also.

  3. Watercolor brushes (bring your favorites) I use 1” flat and ½ “flat, and a small (#6) round brush.  

  4. Bring your palette filled with your usual colors. I like to let them dry in the palette for one or two days.  You may prefer to use your watercolors fresh out of the tube.  Your choice!  Because everyone always asks, my palette is as follows.  I use mainly transparent colors.  (Please do not feel that you must go out and buy these colors.  The most important 5 colors are listed first.) Aureolin yellow, permanent rose (or DaVinci red rose deep), cobalt blue, winsor green, alizarin crimson, antwerp blue,  French ultramarine blue, manganese blue, cerulean blue, quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, permanent magenta, winsor red, neutral tint, and scarlet lake. 

  5. #2  Pencil, eraser 

  6. Scissors and/or utility knife

  7. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes. 

  8. white chalk  or white charcoal pencil

  9. Palette knife (optional)  I use this to apply masking fluid, so make sure that it fits in the top of that bottle. Also, a plastic picnic knife works good for this. 

  10. Water containers (old Cool Whip containers work great) bring 2. 

  11. Bring a plastic container with a lid for storing the acrylic matte medium.  (I use small butter containers or sour cream plastic containers.)

  12. Neutral colored Masking tape

  13. Ruler 

  14. Kleenex brand tissues (because they pop up for easy grabbing) 

  15. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes. 

  16. Margarita salt or table salt 

  17. Spray bottle (I use a push button top, old Windex bottle.  You can usually get these at Holiday gas stations.)

  18. Blow dryer (optional) 

  19. Bring one package of napkins that have repetitive shapes (ie., checks or diamonds).  We’ll have a napkin exchange.  These will give you ideas for negative painting later.  (Also, bring old newspapers to use for collage)

  20. Bring a big bucket if you have one.  (kids sand buckets work great!)

  21. Acrylic matte medium  OR “Yes” paste is used for adhesive 

  22. 1/2”  flat acrylic brush for applying matte medium and acrylic to the landscape painting too.

  23. Masking fluid (optional)  I use Pebeo brand, because of its fluidity and that it is grey in color.  

  24. Tracing paper 

  25. Permanent black marker (ultra fine and fine tips). I love the Twin Top Sharpie black marker.

  26. Graphite paper (a great brand is Saral, graphite color) 

  27. Bag lunch 

  28. Reference photos of colored birds, that are enlarged to about size 7” high.  We will be copying these to use for the outside shape. I will bring reference photos for the bird that I will be painting, so if you want to paint the same bird, I will have reference photos for you.

  29. *Be sure to dress in layers, so you can adjust to your hot flashes.  ☺  Also, wear old clothing and old shoes. This can be messy.

  • Karen will bring along these supplies and charge a small fee for the use of them:


  • Dry Charcoal powder.  

  • Workable fixative spray

  • (Optional) Caran d Ache crayons

  • Optional:  We may be using a few acrylics for finishing touches, so bring white, black acrylic for sure.  I will bring acrylics to share.


  • If you have questions about the supplies, my email is:

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