Supply list for Home Studio Abstract Acrylic and Wire Drawing Workshop:

Instructor:  Karen Knutson

  1. Acrylics:  The 3 heavy body acrylics (in tubes) that you will need are Hansa Yellow medium and Titanium White and Carbon Black.  (Optional)You may bring whatever heavy body acrylics you already have.  

  2. The other acrylics are liquid acrylics. If you are investing in acrylics for the first time, my advice is to get a variety of cheap liquid acrylics at Michaels that are only about one dollar each. I usually like to get a red, yellow and blue and then a couple of other favorites. I love one called Bahama Blue by Craftsmart.  Another favorite of mine is raw umber.  Get your favorites! 

  3. Brushes.  I prefer watercolor synthetic brushes for my acrylic painting, but you should bring whatever brushes you already own.   I use mainly 3 brushes:  1” flat, ½” flat, and #6 round.  Otherwise, I use a big 2 or 3” cheap brush for preparing the paper at the beginning.  ( I have lots of extra 2” cheap brushes for you to use.)

  4. For our acrylic paintings, I will provide you with 1/2 sheet Strathmore Aquarius watercolor 80 lb. paper for a fee of $3.  (I have enough for everyone to buy one from me, if you’d rather not get it from the art supply store.) Bring approximately 12” x 16” foam core or gator board for support. (I usually cover it with plastic.) We’ll be working on quarter sheet sizes (size 11” x 15”)  or square sizes.

  5. Bring one or 2 quarter sheets of your favorite watercolor paper to use for the wire drawing.  Any brand paper will work for this. 

  6. Wax paper for your palette or you can buy a disposable palette at the art store.  

  7. One bottle of Rubbing Alcohol (make sure it is 91% isopropyl alcohol, available at Walgreens)

  8. Optional:  Face mask if you are sensitive to rubbing alcohol smell.

  9. Jumbo Cotton balls and Q-tips

  10. Water container (I use big Parkay tubs.  Some people use big ice cream buckets) 

  11. Windex bottle (push button top) for spraying water.  Empty Windex out and put water in the bottle.  (You can usually find these at Holiday Gas Stations or convenience stores.)  

  12. One full roll of Paper towels and/or Kleenex.  (I prefer Viva that is a full sheet, but bring whatever.)

  13. Acrylic matte medium (Liquitex is my favorite) and (an old brush for applying it.  I use a 2” cheap brush.)

  14. White chalk or white Charcoal white pencil or Caran d’Ache crayons for initial drawing.

  15. Tracing paper (Get at Dick Block or Michaels)  

  16. Carbon paper (get at office supply store). 

  17. Sketchbook, pencil, and eraser

  18. Scissors and/or exacto knife

  19. Black permanent markers (fine and ultra fine tips). I prefer Sharpie Twin Top black markers.

  20. ruler

  21. Old magazines to use for color samples.

  22. Optional:  Caran d’Ache neocolor II water- soluble crayons.  Bring your favorite colors.  (I use neon lilac, lime green, bright orange, and bright sky blue.)

  23. Lunch (we usually have a 45 minute break for lunch) 

  24. Wear layers, since sometimes it gets too hot for some or too cool for others.  Also, bring a protective apron, or wear old clothes.  Acrylic is hard to get out of clothing. 

If you have questions about the supplies, my email is:  karen@karenknutson.com

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