PREPARATION &MATERIALS LIST
Watercolor Ways; Wet & Workable
Prepare a project that is simple.
Or plan to follow the project I prepare and provide you. Bring
enlarged photos of 2-3 simple subjects that excite you. If you
work only from memory/imagination, sketch out your concept.
Bring either good quality 8.5x11" prints of photo(s) or
simple thumbnail value sketches. Itís helpful to have a
black & white version of the photo(s). Be realistic
about what you can paint in 3-4 hours each day. Itís better to
get further in the process with painting a simple subject.
Stiffer brushes/hold less water ó and "normal"
Find a couple stiff, inexpensive brushes at a craft store! Or
synthetic brushes suited for acrylic paint with a thin
"profile". Examples of brights or angled brights/shaders:
Silver Brushís Bristlon (#1902), DaVinciís Impasto (#7105)
Raphaelís Textura (#870) or Princetonís Dakota (#6300)
series. You will need at least a couple stiff flat brushes Ė1"
to 1/2" size. One typical watercolor wash brush. A
medium-size synthetic WC brush, not tiny eyelash size! The
typical natural sable, squirrel brushes donít work well for
this approach Ė they hold TOO much water and canít push
full-bodied watercolor paint around. Iíll have a few
"loaners" for those who end up with brushes that donít
work. And Iíll have my "Magic Brush" for sale
at the workshop: $25.
Plastic corrugated board (white).
Generally at art stores (large enough to fit well around an 11 x
15" paper sheet). Sign shops, hardware & craft stores
often carry it, too. They sometimes call it by other names or
donít even know they have it! An acrylic/plexiglass sheet
works, too. If you donít have them, bring a plastic trash bag
and you can wrap your foamboard or wood board. 16x 23" up
to 23x 31".
(Optional) Kitchen cloth (viscose shammy).
Can be bought at Trader Joeís (about $4 for 2 pieces that work
for 1/4 watercolor paper sheet). Some have found the viscose
shammy at the Dollar Store, hardware stores, etc. You can work
without this during the workshop, so itís not critical. Iíll
have much larger viscose shammies for sale at the
Good paper. I
recommend Arches 140# CP for a reason. It needs to take a
beating. Donít try to work with cheap paper Ė it can be very
frustrating (it wonít be "you"Ė itíll be the
paper). Buy a full sheet & cut/tear into 4 pieces. Other
comparable papers; Saunders Waterford, Lana Aquarelle, Richeson
"Quiller". (No need for pads or blocks.)
A sheet or two of tracing paper, a sheet or two of sketch
paper, graphite drawing pencil or WC pencils.
A good sized cellulose kitchen sponge. Water container
of your choice. Any other "fun" tools you desire to
Notebook or camera for note taking. Iíll also have my
three DVDs for sale that show the Wet & Workable
process ($25 each) that can serve as "note taking"
after seeing this process.
white plastic palette with large mixing areas with a cover for
Color Round II, Quiller Travel, Martin Mijello Atellier, Robert
Paint. Bring MOIST paints.
This is IMPORTANT. Pre-wet/rehydrate your regular palette
colors prior to workshop or bring tubes. If a new
student; itís best to have a few
"professional-grade" paints than a large set of
"student-grade" ones. Youíll get much better
results. Minimum; 3 primary colors Ė red, yellow, blue. Next;
secondary colors Ė orange, purple, green. Titanium white is
helpful for the "Wet & Workable" approach.
you might purchase for this approach: American Journey
watercolors (Cheap Joeís house brand made by Da Vinci): Titanium
Coastal Fog, Periwinkle, Skipís Green, Andrewís Turquoise,
Nickel Titanate (Da
Vinci) or Holbeinís Naples
Yellow, Jaune Brilliant #1, Verditer Blue, Terre Verte, Cobalt
Bring colors you already have that tend to be opaqueÖ all good
quality (moist) paints work. Colors such as Cerulean Blue,
Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, etc. If
you have Titanium White in addition to your standard colors, you
can mix about anything else youíll need from that.