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Supply List- WC Figures with Wire Drawing


  1. Arches 140 pound cold press paper and a board to use for support. (We will probably be working on quarter sheets (11” x 15”), so bring a board about that size.  Use either gator board or I prefer a plywood board.)  Or watercolor blocks work well also. Depending on your speed, we will probably be using 3 of size: 11” x 15”.

  2. #2  Pencil, eraser

  3. Ruler, 

  4. Sketch pad or notebook for taking notes

  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- I don’t like blue tape, because I feel it influences my color choices.

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

  9. Sponge or rag for wiping off your brushes.

  10. Margarita salt or table salt 

  11. Spray bottle (I use a push button top, old Windex bottle or a bottle of Chloraseptic Spray,  that has been emptied out and replaced by water.)

  12. Blow dryer (optional)

  13. Toothbrush

  14. Watercolors:  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.)  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, neutral tint, antwerp blue,  French ultramarine blue, manganese blue, cerulean blue, quinacridone gold, burnt sienna, permanent magenta, winsor red, opera pink, and scarlet lake. 

  15. **Masking fluid- My favorite is Pebeo Drawing Gum (available from Cheap Joe’s catalog and also at Dick Blick.) This masking fluid works the best for this process.  Others may not work.  

  16. Palette knife (make sure that it can fit into the neck of the masking fluid bottle) (A plastic picnic knife works well for this too.)

  17. Tracing paper

  18. Graphite paper (my favorite is Saral brand, available at most art supply stores)

  19. Sharpie Twin top permanent black markers (or you can get ultra fine and fine tipped markers) I buy mine at an office supply store

I will be sharing how to get some wonderful effects using gold,  These two following items are optional,  

  1. Gold Pebeo outliner pens.  (Get theee in the glass portion of Michaels.  

  2. Gold Foil paper  (get this through  I use gold  or silver mat of the time.




Subject material-  You probably won’t need reference photos, but you may want to gather groups of people photos.  You won’t have to enlarge those, because they are pretty easy to sketch.  If you have questions about the supplies, my email is:

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