I have purposely kept the supply list as simple and inexpensive as I can. I suggest buying the more expensive items at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s using their 40% coupon, or ordering through Amazon. You can also find DIY posts for certain art supplies (e.g. homemade gesso or decoupage) on Pinterest, but make and use at on risk because I haven’t tried them! 🙂
These are supplies I will be using during class, please don’t feel obligated to purchase anything upfront or spend money if you have a similar product already. Simply use what you have.
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Basic Supply List:
- Sketchbook (simple copy paper will do)
- Watercolor paper (the best you can afford – this pad is my favorite or a Strathmore mixed media book
- 6 (or more) 8×10 canvases or canvas panels (or choose a variety of sizes). If panels are too expensive, consider purchasing an “Acrylic Pad” for some of the painting projects. These papers are texturized, having the same “tooth” as canvas, and will work well for most of our projects.
- Mechanical pencil
- Charcoal pencil set
- Kneaded eraser
- Watercolors – this simple set will do
- Acrylic paints in white, black, primary, and secondary colors. If you can only afford “craft” paints, those will be fine. However, if you can splurge for these student grade acrylic paints, I will be using them, along with a few other color choices.
- Assorted paint brushes (you’ll use the same ones for acrylic & watercolor)
- Oil pastel set (crayons can be substituted if necessary, chalk pastels will not work)
- Foam Brush
- Black permanent ink pens – I prefer PITT Artist Pens or Micron Pens, but a Sharpie extra-fine point will work in a pinch
- White gel pen – these are my favorite (& maybe a white fine-point Sharpie poster paint marker – water based only)
- Gesso (optional) – this is what I use
- Decoupage (matte finish)
- Plaster of Paris (optional)
- Old book pages or decorative scrapbooking papers
Gather These Supplies from Around the House:
- Paper or styrofoam plate
- Printer & paper
- Table salt &/or kosher salt
- Baking soda (or corn starch) & school glue to make a homemade modeling paste
- Olive oil (or baby oil) & cotton swabs
- Baby wipes
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