Instructor --- Elizabeth Greaf
YOUR GOOD WORK IS NOT THE ONLY KEY TO SUCCESS IN WATERCOLOR.
USE OF THE RIGHT MATERIALS IS ALSO ESSENTIAL You can find a major cost savings at some of
the art supply catalog sites listed at the bottom. Try to avoid getting your more costly supplies at local hobby stores. Their art supplies are limited, expensive, and sometimes in bad condition from customer handling.
Plan to travel light, you may have to transport your gear over gravel or grass. This list looks long but is not as much as appears. It is your choice of equipment that can get out of hand. I choose the equipment that I'll take based on conditions, local amenities such as tables, weather, terrain, and the distance of the painting site from the parking lot.
Another Note about watercolor supplies
--- the better the materials you obtain, the happier you will be with your work.
Watercolor brushes have shorter handles than oil and are made of fur or synthetics. The synthetic brushes are better than most of the “hair” brushes with the exception of sable. Only use synthetic, sable, or a blend but most important is the quality of the individual brush. All brushes need good “spring” when wet, round brushes MUST come to a good point.
1” flat brush such as used in painting wood molding, for wetting large areas quickly, inexpensive brushes are fine here,
look in the hardware store or get a very large round watercolor brush. (Optional)
Preferably in tubes. (Absolutely no black or white paint to be used for classes with this instructor and “sets” do not have the right colors). Winsor Newton is one of the best brands of the different watercolor paints, their tubes are either labeled “Professional" They do have a student grade, "Cotman" but you'll get much better results with the "Professional" paints. I also use “Daniel Smith” watercolor paints.
Please have these colors, they are specifically selected to enable you to have a basic palette that will fully meet your needs.
Other useful colors, but not essential, include Cobalt Blue, Thalo blue and green,
Naples yellow, and three from Daniel Smith: Buff Titanium, Green Gold, and Moonglow.
140 pound cold pressed watercolor block. 12” X 16” or larger, preferably Arches brand(much cheaper at Jerry’s or Cheap Joes than at local chain hobby stores. If you are new to blocks check with me before opening your first block. The block is very helpful when working in a breezy, outdoor setting. Cheaper paper will not give you good results! This block has 20 pages of paper glued together at the edges and supported on a heavy backing.
Palette for watercolor paint
Masking liquid and accessories to keep areas of your paper white.
“Incredible White Mask or Winsor Newton brand mask. (In white, removable) No color!
2 containers for water (plastic containers such as margarine cups for travel) plus the one to be used if you mask.
Paper towels for both painting and cleanup. These are essential.
An Xacto knife (#11 blade) and a small T-square would be useful as you progress with your work but are not required for the workshop.
At least 4 heavy clips to hold paper to your board in windy situations, if you don’t use a block of paper.
A small amount of table salt and a small piece of sand paper may be useful for special effects.
water, and brushes while you are working with them. A sturdy box or folding camp table can do it.
on the ground but can be a bit uncomfortable over a long session. You know best how you can work comfortably
for several hours. Some artists prefer to use an easel out of doors but they can be heavy and awkward in wind.
easels to keep them from sinking into sand when painting at the beach.
seat on rollers.
Luggage carts or similar dollies can be helpful but are best with large wheels on them.
You may want to obtain a copy of my Brochure on "Painting Outdoors". It gives more information about planning your paint out and using the various equipment.
Some Catalogs for art supplies:
The Jerry’s Catalog 800 U-Artist www.jerryscatalog.com
Cheap Joe’s 800 227-2788 www.cheapjoes.com
Daniel Smith 800 426-6740 www.danielsmith.com
Dick Blick Art Materials 800 828-4548 www.dickblick.com
If you have any questions about this list please contact Elizabeth Greaf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
www.artbyeliz.com List Revised 04/05/2014