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Please note, the materials I use are (almost) all available at MerriArtist. To get your 10% student discount, use code: INST16.
- DRAWING PAPER — Large sketchbook or sketching pad or loose sheets (I often use sheets cut from a roll of freezer paper).
- LYRA graphite stick 9B
- or- 2 mm mechanical pencil with SOFT 4B lead such as https://tinyurl.com/2lp82fer
- or- other very SOFT and DARK and preferably THICK drawing pencil
- KNEADED eraser
- TRACING PAPER — (recommend Canson Pad for transparency)
- LYRA WATER SOLUBLE GRAPHITE stick, 9B (very soft and dark)
- WATERCOLOR PAPER — One (or more) sheet 22×30 arches cold press paper, 140pound or 300# — cut or torn into six 10×10 inch pieces, or have 6 pieces of your preferred size or use a mix of surfaces – yupo, hot press, shizen, etc
- REFERENCE — that breaks easily into simple value shapes. You can download and use my photos for these exercises at: http://rene-art.com/
inspiration or pick your own, maybe something you’ve already painted. I recommend having more than one subject oriented reference, but feel free to take it to abstract or whatever pleases you.
- Paints – I use M.Graham because they stay moist and have a strong pigment load.
- Brushes –
- Recommend soft squirrel brushes such as the Silver Black Velvet.
- Very stiff scrubber (Connoisseur taklon 1/8-inch).
- #10 Zen / Royal & Langnickel Z83SC.
- BIG BRUSH — 1 1/2 inch Princeton Angular wash 4050AFW or other large quality brush such as 2” Robert Simmons SkyFlow 278W
- ACRYLIC BRUSH or two — 1-inch to 2-inch (not a foam brush, I use Simply Simmons because they’re affordable, especially the long bristled ones because they last longer)
- Palette – I like a gasketed palette with a smallish footprint for travel https://tinyurl.com/rp32odbz also use larger palettes for looser work
- Water pot
- Cloth towels, cut small and/or paper towels
- SQUEEZE BOTTLES — for paint pours – https://tinyurl.com/3etueykr
- ACRYLIC MEDIUMS — (I use Golden or Nova Color brands, Nova prices are great, available online only www.novacolorpaint.com)
- Gel medium, (matte or gloss)
- Matte Medium
- White Gesso and/or Black or Gold Gesso
- WATERCOLOR GROUND — an acrylic medium that is absorbent and can be used to cover any surface and then paint watercolor on it when dry. Think liquid paper! It is a great tool for fixing “mistakes” or creating special effects. Golden has had a product called Absorbent Ground, and now they market either the same thing or a similar product called QOR Watercolor Ground. They also have a Cold Press Ground that I’m guessing is more textural. Daniel Smith makes a white, clear and black watercolor ground. I haven’t used the clear or black.
- OR… mix your own. I’ve used a variety of acrylic mediums to mix, roughly using 1/3 of each, and I’ve never had a batch I didn’t like! Try 1/3 nova gesso, 1/3 nova matte medium and 1/3 Golden Fiber paste. Or substitute 1/3 Nova Texture Paste for the Fiber paste. If you want more absorbency add a little fiber paste. Mixing your own is both fun and considerably less expensive than buying the name brand mixes, but you may end up with enough for several friends!
- UTRECHT Professional Gesso / optional (great for texture — it’s thicker than others, available only from Utrecht or Dick Blick)
- TAPE — Blue painters tape and/or 3M 401+ or 233+ green automotive tape (not essential but my preferred tape)
- PEEBEO masking fluid put into a FINELINER bottle (fine needle size).
- SCISSORS or T-SQUARE — for trimming paper
- SMALL SPRAY BOTTLE with water
- OPTIONAL FOR TEXTURE
- 4-inch FOAM ROLLER, PLASTIC FOOD WRAP, SALT, maybe a few homemade stamps available… cut from fun foam or soft cut
- Varnish: Golden MSA ACRYLIC SPRAY VARNISH, with UVLS (or other comparable spray varnish)
- You’ll eventually want this for fixing watercolor to combine with acrylic.
- Use gloss for under layers, satin if it is a top layer and you want to knock the gloss back.
- ONLY USE OUTDOORS!