As an artist with experience, you will probably have established colour choices that you enjoy painting with. I encourage you to continue to be true to yourself and use the paints that you are comfortable with. I have some basic colours that work for me. You may want to experiment with them if they are not part of your pallet already. Workshops are designed to gather information and to try new ideas; if you do not have all of these items you might share with your neighbor or try it when you get home. I have 6 transparent colours, a warm and cool red, yellow and blue with supplementary pigments for good luck!
Minimum colour range warm and cool red, yellow and blue
An assortment of sizes in round and flat shapes. I recommend that you have some larger brushes in your assortment (1”, 2”)
Your choice of Paper, Canvas or Board: Use an artist quality rag paper, 140 lb or heavier.
Drawing paper, sketchbook
Other Supplies (* You may want to share some of these items with friends)
These are products that I use in my practice. Please bring what you have and feel free to try the products on my list.
*Phthalo blue red
*Compose Blue no1
*Compose Blue no2
Soft Gel Medium
Mat & Gloss Medium*
Board for paper to clip onto plus bulldog clips
Two Elbows of a Mat (mat cut on diagonal to frame image)
Reference material – sketches and/ photographs
A clear plastic ruler, just the cheap, bendy kind is perfect
A pencil, F is good
Several photo references, see notes below
If you are interested in adding collage materials that is perfect, please bring what you would like such as various materials and ephemera for collage (papers, napkins, thread, magazine images, photocopies of your work or of photos.) I will have vintage books and sheet music.
A good sized hand mirror
a couple of really small synthetic brushes
3 xPLAIN wooden painting panels 12×12 or 14×14
Many encaustic colors will be provided, however if you prefer working with certain colors, please bring them with you as encaustic OR oil paints .
a limited variety of pigment sticks will be provided, please bring your preferred colors .
drawing media of your choice
textured objects and/or incising materials to press into and make marks in wax
any small sharp-ended tool for incising/writing/drawing into the wax (sewing or knitting needles are great)
B/W and colour images of your work
any tool or material for any technique that you normally like using while working with encaustic
I will provide (Materials fee $50):
Encaustic paint and medium
6 Longhandled hake brushes for every student
Clear and amber shellac
Cold wax (will NOT be heated )
Selection of oil paints
Bernzomatic propane torch
heated encaustic tools and irons
- drawing and painting paper
basic encaustic colors
graphite transfer paper
Walnut and Bombay ink and other drawing media charcoal , conte etc
Foil containers for paint and medium
linseed and /or vegetable oil.
Instructions for getting your images ready Please Read Carefully: Regarding the portraits you will paint, It can be a self portrait or a portrait of anyone else BUT it is very important that you have a clear headshot. You MUST be able to see the features clearly and it must be big enough to be clear. Please try to use a photo that has lots of values … clear shadows and lights and no washed out features and colours. We will be working on panels that are 12×12 inches or 14×14 and combinations thereof, paper that is 14×18 and combinations thereof, plus canvas and jute that we will cut to the size you want to try. You can work up to 24×24 and it will be either the face or the figure that we are concentrating on … but there is lots of room for scope with the backgrounds.