Start here: Supplies, PDFs and an introduction

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Welcome to this workshop! This page is here for all the things you need to get started. You can always come back here if you need any of the downloads.

About supplies
Supplies are always suggestions and I always recommend you check what you have first, before spending a lot of money. When you download the supply list, you’ll find some suggestions that you can use instead of what I’m using. 

About the drawing guides
I believe in feeling good about doing art, not in feeling stressed and discouraged. If you’re looking forward to paint, but don’t yet know how to draw (or don’t feel like it), I encourage you to use the drawing guide. Trace, transfer or use it as a simpler reference, it’s up to you. There is no right or wrong!

what I'm using

I’m using 140 lbs., stretched, 18×24 inch / 45×60 cm. You can use any size or kind of paper as long as it can take a good amount of water. 

You can also use genuine cadmium red or replace it with pyrrole red or another primary red.

I do recommend you have an Ultramarine Blue in your stash, but if you want to replace it with another blue such as Cobalt or Phthalo Blue, you can. Keep in mind that these will give you different results. Also, Phthalo Blue has a very high tinting strength and you only need very little of it!

Burnt Umber is a great color to have in your stash. If you need to replace it, go for a Van Dyck’s brown or another warm, earthy tone.

Raw Umber is difficult to replace. If you don’t have it, then skip it. You can replace it by toning down Burnt Umber with some Ultramarine Blue.

You can replace Titanium White with gesso.

I’m using a:

  • 1 inch brush
  • 1/2 inch flat brush
  • 1/2 inch angular brush

The size of your brushes depends on your paper. For smaller sized papers you may find the 1 inch brush too big. Just make sure you don’t switch to small brushes too soon. Bigger brushes help with dynamic and avoid over detailing.

You can always replace a palette knife with cardboard cut to size. For larger areas I actually prefer cardboard. I use cardboard from postal boxes. Make sure the cardboard isn’t printed with color. It my experience this ink will come off when it comes in contact with paint.

I use cotton or cotton blend rags made from old sheets and shirts. Any natural fiber will work as well. I don’t wash them: the dried paint can give a lot of extra texture after a while!

Get a good sized palette to mix your paints on so you don’t run out of space. Have a jar with water handy to wash your brushes in. I also like to have a few smaller cups or jars around for when I need to dilute paint.

I use charcoal to sketch with, usually vine or willow. You can also use a charcoal pencil if you prefer that. I use a light pastel pencil for making corrections as it’s more visible on darker paint and doesn’t affect the paint layers as much.

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