Abbreviated Supply List for Workshop:
• #140 cold press watercolor paper ( D'Arches, Moulin du Roy, Saunders, Richeson , Lana)
I do not recommend blocks. If you have block, you will have to take single sheets out of the block. We’ll be working mostly on half sheets. You may be cut in halves or quarters in the class.
• Paper support- a non absorbent surface -same size of the paper or slightly larger ( a masonite board with at least 3 coats of glossy paint, or plexiglas, or
• 'Gatorboard' Homasote board or plywood WILL NOT work for some of the procedures .Unpainted masonite board will absorb moisture too quickly and unevenly and is not recommended. Recently I found a material in HomeDepot called marker board . Cost for 4’x8’ is about $15. They will cut it to small sizes. If you pool together it is the most reasonable material. Gatorboard costs $16 for a 16”x23” board.
• Sketchbook or loose sheets of paper for drawing and sketching. I do not use photographs too often.
• PALETTE: Many watercolor palettes are available in the market. Do not bring little inexpensive plastic palettes. I like a folding pallete made by a company “Mijello”. You will be using a lot of paint.
• BRUSHES: A good 1” flat Flat brush is the workhorse.( Grumbacher Aquarelle #6142, or Morilla #202) I use ‘Isabey’ and Richeson sable flat. A round #10 or #12. Also a small round brush, or a rigger is very helpful. Over the years I have replaced all my synthetic brushes with natural hair brushes. But they are more expensive!
DO NOT BUY SET OF BRUSHES. Most of those brushes are useless.
• An easel, if you have one. Or, a camera tripod which can be converted to an easel. But you must let me know in advance so I could tell you how to do it. You will be painting more or less in an upright position of the board.
• A discarded terry towel- not paper towel
• Plastic water container-large mouth
• A very soft pencil -6B or softer.
Quinacridone Gold _-an absolute must. There is no SUBSTITUTE. Daniel Smith is my choice.
Opera, or Opera Rose, or Quinacridone Rose. You may try “Fuschia” by American Journey
Viridian Green (not Hue)
Since this is a very limited palette, do not buy cheap variety of colors. DO NOT TAKE PAINT OUT OF TUBES IN ADVANCE. YOU NEED FRESH PAINT before starting to paint. SPRITZING WITH WATER WILL NOT WORK!!
Quinacridone Burnt Orange (Daniel Smith), or Quinacridone Rust (M.Graham)
A kitchen sponge(cellulose type), or rags , bull-dog type clips (2)
Here’s my full palette for those who are interested in pursuing further.
****Winsor Blue (Red shade)
Manganese Blue( Holbein), or Cerulean Blue (W/N or Quiller by Richeson)
****Cobalt Blue (W/N)
****French Ultramarine Blue (W/N or M. Graham or Quiller)
****Viridian Green (W/N or M.Graham). Viridian Green Hue is not the same.
Winsor or Thalo Green
****Quinacridone Gold ( will be extensively used) There is no substitute.
Yellow Ochre(optional.I use it only occasionally)
****Alizarin Crimson (W/N or Graham)
****Opera (Holbein).Note: Recently I found a tube of Rose Opera by Winsor Newton. Seems to be an excellent substitute.
**** Quinacridone Burnt Orange(Daniel Smith).There is no good substitute
Cobalt Turquoise Light(W/N)-most recent addition to my palette. or Andrew’s Turquoise by Cheap Joes
Colors marked **** are the colors that I use most of the time and are recommended. Payne’s Gray is a good companion color for those who just like to stay within a limited palette.
Although one day I will show how to interpret photographs, generally I work from my sketches. Do not bring stacks of photographs. No more than 8 or 10 . Avoid the ones where there are large panoramic views, pictures of family or pets.. Subjects are everywhere- we just have to develop our eyes to see! I’ll give you reference photographs if wish to paint from them.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail RatindraDas@sbcglobal.net