Artist - Instructor


A.  Four brushes:  Three “BRIGHT” long-handled brushes ( ¼ INCH, 1/2 INCH AND 1 INCH WIDTH)  AND one small round brush:  
Because acrylic paint can be both a watercolor and an oil-like paint, I recommend you have at least one soft brush (white taklon or other synthetic and one bristle brush (sometimes called hog bristle, which is made for oil paints).  Bring any other brushes you might already have also.
“Bright” means short-bristled flat brush.  I do not like the ‘FLAT’ style of brushes, as the bristles are too long and more difficult to use with acrylic. Regarding bright sizes:  #4 = 3/8 inch   #6 = ½ inch   #10 = ¾ inch  #12 = 1”) Below are a few brand suggestions:
Good Brands:
 Winsor & Newton Series 237    OR    Connoisseur   
#1 or #2 white taklon round (red handle) – soft-bristles for detailing
#4 white taklon bright - 3/8 inch width
#8 white taklon bright - ½ inch width
#12 hog bristle bright - 1 inch width

B.  Plastic spray bottle for water  (essential) 
C.  Pencil and paper for notes and sketching
D.  Roll of masking tape – ½ ” width
E.  Paint storage palette – Quiller Brand – plastic palette – excellent for understanding color theory!!
 This palette is circular to make accurate color mixing easy and accessible. This palette features 24 wells arranged in circle with 8 outside wells and a large mixing area in middle and includes an instruction guide.
 F.  Paper mixing palette pad  (I use a disposable paper mixing-palette.  I prefer a large mixing area.)
            Alternate mixing palettes:  any flat white plastic surface at least 10 x 10 inches!  
            Some people use freezer paper and tape it to their tables.
 G.  Large plastic water container (I use the largest Nancy’s yogurt container or any plastic container.) Please no glass containers.
H.  2 pre-stretched canvases, approx. size: 18 x 24” (larger is fine, just not smaller)
I.   Two small cellulose sponges – to keep paint in palette moist – the kind you use in the kitchen.
J.   Palette knife – plastic or metal - I prefer metal. 
K. Gesso – 8 ounces of white gesso  - used as a painting medium and canvas sealer
L. Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid - Satin 8 oz
M.  Paints – 8 colors of heavy body acrylic: Golden, Graham, Liquitex  or Basics brands.  Liquitex and Basics are usually student grade and cheaper! You decide.  All sizes are 2 oz. unless you know you will continue to paint, and then get a large 5 oz. white and the rest in 2 oz.  Do not place your paint into your palette, unless you have already been using acrylics.  Arranging the colors is part of the learning process. 
1.            Titanium white  (Zinc white is very transparent and not needed at this time.)    
2.            Black – mars or ivory or bone (only one)
3.            Ultramarine blue or French Ultramarine blue
4.            Thalo blue or thalocyanine blue or Winsor blue
5.            Pyrrole red light or napthol red light or cadmium red
6.            Quinacridone violet or quinacridone magenta or alizirin                          
7.            Hansa Yellow or Diarylide yellow
8.            Primary yellow or Hansa yellow light


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