Art Supplies and Recommended Reading List
for Studio & Outdoor Painting Workshops
here for Watercolor Class Materials
I supply this Materials
List only as a suggestion to you.
Many students have their own preferred easels and supplies.
The following list is what I use and the vendors I have found to
provide quality goods at a reasonable price.
Do not feel you must have these exact materials...
although if the description calls for "airtight" or "artist
grade"...please heed my advice!
As a successful painter, I carry a minimum of painting equipment,
allowing myself to set up & break down quickly---and paint more!.
Can you transport all your painting equipment and supplies in one trip?
If not, you're carrying too much stuff. ;-)
Tips about packing your gear on my blog...
Don't wait until the last minute to order your supplies.
If you are painting for the first time, please take time to make sure
you know how to set up and break down your equipment for painting.
MATERIALS - FOR STUDIO CLASSES...
AND FOR RAINY DAYS DURING OUTDOOR CLASSES
Bring small sketches or photographs you have shot yourself.
Please do not bring photos that were shot by someone else.
Indoors, you will paint any size up to 16" x 20"
CHECK OUT MY ART "STORE"
You'll find most of my recommended supplies at a reasonable price at
venues require a tarp to protect the floors for indoor classes...
and if we must paint indoors due to bad weather.
Sometimes a tarp is not required....so be sure to ask about this in
Bring a portable
easel for Studio & Outdoor Workshops.
You'll be more familiar and comfortable with your own equipment.
Some workshop venues have equipment to rent or borrow.
Check with them, in advance, for rentals and loans.
or the Original Jullian French Easel
Art Supply Wholesale 1-800-995-6778
palette comes with the French easel or you can order a
French Companion from
Armand has a piece of glass or plastic cut to fit the French Companion.
The French Companion does not come with glass.
Because his style of painting focuses on mixing accurate, clean color,
you must have a surface that can be cleaned every fifteen minutes or
during the painting process.
Please---no paper palettes. This is key to learning to mix color properly.
Your palette should be made of glass, plastic or wood---not paper.
prefer Pochade boxes. These require a separate tripod.
Peggy will be happy to assist you
Open Box M 1-800-473-8098
(be sure to talk with Coletta to get all the details)
BRUSHES AND SOLVENTS
Use artist grade paints. Student grade paints are of inferior quality.
Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Pale
Cadmium Yellow Light (If you buy Gamblin brand---this color is Cadmium
Cadmium Red Light
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Gamblin: Artist Oil Color
Winsor Newton: Artist Oil Color
Rembrandt: Artist Quality Oil Color
Utretcht: Permanent Artist Color
If you do some research, you'll find many other Artist Grade paints.
BRUSHES - OIL PAINTING
I have switched to animal-friendly synthetic brushes for all my painting
These are the brushes I recommend for Oil and Acrylic
Synthetic Bristle Flats sizes #4, #6, #8, #10, # 12z
You can find them
Cadmium Yellow Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Red Light
Cobolt Green Deep
recommend using quality acrylic paints such as
Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylics, Golden Heavy Body Artists
Acrylics, Maimeri Brera Artist Acrylics, Winsor Newton Professional
Acrylics and Sennelier Extra Fine Artist Acrylics
Avoid inferior brands like Grumbacher.
Bring a spray bottle with water to keep the pigments wet.
BRUSHES - ACRYLIC PAINTING
I have switched to animal friendly synthetic
brushes for all my painting needs.
These are the brushes I recommend for Oil and Acrylic:
Synthetic Bristle Flats sizes #4, #6, #8, #10, # 12
You can find them at Jerry's
Because I paint everyday,
I am concerned about my health.
I personally use only Gamsol odorless mineral spirits.
It is the best product on the market.
*****You must use Gamblin
Gamsol or water-based oil paints in my Studio workshops.
Because of allergies and other health issues,
we cannot allow other mineral spirits or turps in the Studio.
Other solvents are inferior and have an odor.
DO NOT MIX GAMSOL WITH TURPENOID OR ANYTHING ELSE
"Gamsol is a highly purified form of odorless mineral spirit,
distilled at high temperature and purified of all aromatic components.
The purification process accounts for the price difference."
information about Gamblin Gamsol
If you use water soluble oils, do NOT mix it with mediums in studio.
However, it IS alright to use Linseed Oil in the studio.
FYI...I do not personally use mediums.
***If you use solvent, you'll need an airtight container.
I recommend a high quality steel brush washer.
It is leak-proof, allowing you to store solvents without spills.
Make sure to buy the kind that has a removable lid....
those withnon-removable lids often tip over.
Artarama usually have good prices on brush washers.
Bring a sealable container
to dispose of your old solvent
For Outdoor Painting Workshops---
Panels - 6" x 8" up to 12" x 16"
Be sure the panel will fit on your easel
2 canvases per full day of painting
Bring canvas of the following size(s) that appeal to you:
8" x 10" up to 16" x 20"
Be sure the canvas will fit on your easel
store bought primed canvas will work for oil and acrylic painting.
I don't recommend toning your canvas before you paint.
(This link directs to my recommended canvas page)
High quality canvas and linen panels. Ask for JoAnne or Will
A great solution for carrying
multiple panels is a wet panel carrier.
Avoid getting paint all over your car, house, etc.
Great for traveling and easy to carry.
In a pinch...a pizza box will do.
Open Box M
Utility Bag (always with me when painting)
Snacks and Bottled Water
Paper Towels...a lot of them!
Paint Scraper - You Probably own one already
here for recommendations
Small Sketch Pad and Pencil
Kitchen Size Garbage Bags with drawstring or some type of garbage bag
(for paper towels, paint scrapings, etc.)