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Below are the supplies recommended for the class. You are welcome to use what you have. I do highly recommend that you have gel medium, retarder, the Masterson Premier Sta-Wet Palette and something to mix on like a disposable paper palette pad or freezer paper.
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You don’t have to have the exact colors and are welcome to use what you have. I like Golden brand acrylics but any brand is fine. You want regular, heavy body acrylics not liquid or “open”. Also, professional paints have more pigment than student grade allowing for richer colors. Below are the main colors on my palette.
Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Yellow Medium or Hansa Yellow Medium Opaque
Cerulean Blue Chromium
Alizarin Crimson Hue
Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
Permanent Rose (This is a Winsor & Newton color); if you can’t find this color Quinacridone Red by Golden is similar
I also like to keep the following colors on my palette but they are optional.
I like the Golden mediums and retarder. The medium has the same consistency as the heavy body paint and it comes in packaging just like their jars of paint. The retarder is a thick liquid.
Regular Gloss Gel Medium
Synthetic Brushes – you are welcome to use what you have. I like brights – #2, #4, #6 are good sizes. I prefer the long handle brushes especially if you want to paint looser. I like the Silver Brush Bristlon All Media Brushes
Palette/painting knife – We will be using the knife just to load your palette so a plastic or metal knife is fine
Large Disposable Paper Palette Pad (without hole – 12 x 16 or larger)
Sta-Wet Premier Palette –Buy the red top palette – it has the sponge and special paper you will need. I keep all my paint in this palette box and mix on the disposable paper palette. My acrylic paint stays wet for a couple of weeks.
Willow or vine charcoal (medium or soft)
Four 6”x6” and one 12”x12” canvases or panels – I use Ampersand Value panels in the smooth finish or Ampersand Gessobord but you are welcome to use what you like. I don’t however recommend the canvas panels. You can paint on Masonite or birch panels but I do recommend that you gesso them first. I’ll demonstrate this in Module 1.
Disposable gloves – I end up finger painting to smear edges so I like to wear gloves. You don’t want them too loose because they will just get in the way
Optional – ViewCatcher– I’m a big fan of a viewfinder. I use it to get the proportion of my canvas then select my composition.
Optional – Canson Assorted Color Pack – 19” x 25” Paper. These are the papers that I use as a background in my still life. You can find something similar at Michael’s in the drawing area. I have also included this on the Blick list.