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Starting Traditionally, Moving to Abstraction(w/c, collage, wire drawing)


  1. 1 sheet of Arches 140 pound cold press paper and a board to use for support. If you are a fast worker, bring more paper. (We will probably be working on quarter sheets or half sheets, so bring a board about that size.  Use either gator board or I prefer a plywood board.)  Or watercolor blocks work well also. #2  Pencil, eraser 

  2. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes. 

  3. Tracing paper 

  4. Graphite paper (Saral is my favorite brand, available at Dick Blick)

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

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

  7. Masking tape (Get neutral colors. No blue; it affects your color choices.) 

  8. Ruler 

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

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

  11.  Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes. 

  12.  Margarita salt or table salt 

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

  14.   Blow dryer (optional) 

  15.   Scissors or exacto knife

  16.   Bring your palette filled with your usual colors, making sure that you let them dry in the palette for one or two days.  (The reason for this, is that I double load colors and if they are fresh out of the tube, you won’t be able to do this procedure.  However, if you are used to using fresh watercolors, you may do that.)  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. 

  17. Gauze or cheese cloth. (optional)

  18. Matte Medium OR Yes Glue

  19.  Old brush or acrylic brush (for applying matte medium)  and a plastic container with lid (for storing it.)

  20.  Pebeo gold Porcelaine outliner paint (in tube)  I got mine through the Cheap Joes catalog.  They are also available at Dick Blick.

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

  22.  Collage papers-bring whatever you have.  I like chiri paper (transparent), and unryu fiber paper, which is a milky white fiber paper with strings in it and it is semi-transparent.  Bring whatever other oriental papers you might already have.  Napkins and magazines can be used for collage, also, so start saving those.  My favorite magazine for collaging is Architectural Digest.  Try to think of variety in colors and textures. Any metallic ribbons, old books, music books, sewing patterns etc.

  23. Bring one package of colorful, repetitive napkins, and we’ll have a napkin swap. 

  24. Subject material, if you like your paintings to have something recognizable in them.  I like to take my photos to the printer and make a color copy enlargement on a typing paper size.  I’ll bring paintings that are totally abstract, but also some paintings that have something recognizable in them.  Try to keep the subject matter simple, since we don’t want to spend a lot of time sketching.  Think of objects that can be recognizable as a silhouette, not requiring details to know what they are.  (dragonflies, Palm trees, fruit, buildings, distant people, flowers would all be good examples.)  If you have questions about the supplies, my email is: 

  25. 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.) 

  26.  Optional:  Metallic Gold Acrylic paint OR Gold Deco Foil and/or copper Deco foil.  You can buy this at Also available at Hobby Lobby or JoAnne Fabrics (it’s called gold reactive foil there and comes in 12” rolls and 6” rolls.) 

  27.  Optional:  Double Stick tape (get it at scrapbooking section of Michaels.  I use the ATG double stick tape that is used for framing.  

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