suggested supply list for:
frederick c. graff
MATERIAL LIST FOR BEGINNERS
~ PAINTING SURFACES
The painting surfaces that are available for todayʼs watercolorists are endless. There are dozens of different brands to choose from and each manufacturing company has a variety of sizes, weights, ply thickness, surface textures, sizing, colors, rag content, grade levels, and many other distinguishing characteristics that separates one brand from another. Without giving a long dissertation, it is extremely difficult to advise and/or recommend what surfaces you should acquire for our beginning level watercolor class. Therefore, to help simplify the situation, I will have available a variety of different painting surfaces that students can purchase directly from me. The total cost for materials will vary from student to student; depending on how many painting surfaces the student utilizes for each assignment. Nonetheless, it would be fair to say that the average total cost for each painting surface (11” x 15”) will be approximately $1.25 per sheet. The different types of paper that I will have available will include 140 lb Winsor Newton, Arches, and Saunders Waterford watercolor papers in addition to Crescent illustration board, and Yupo synthetic watercolor paper.
In the event that you already have some painting surfaces that can be utilized, feel free to bring what you have and decide for yourself as to which option best meets your needs.
Quality brushes can be costly. Not knowing what each individual can afford makes it difficult for me to suggest or require specific types or brands of brushes. Personally, I carry an array of brushes yet I enjoy utilizing the following:
- Silver Brush Black Velvet Series 3008 Square 1” Wash Brush
Item # SB3008-1 (can be ordered online @ www.cheapjoes.com)
- Cheap Joeʼs “Golden Fleece Watercolor Round Brush” size 7
Item # CJGF-7 (can be ordered online @ www.cheapjoes.com)
To help simplify matters... I will have plenty of similar brushes available for you to use during our class. However, they will not be for sale, as I need them for other watercolor classes. Both of these brushes will easily meet all of your needs. It should be noted that in addition to these two brushes, I also enjoy using a Winsor & Newton Series 965 Wash Brush 1-1/2”. It is a more expensive brush and not a requirement for this class and therefore it will be a totally optional item on your part.
Paints can also be a controversial issue and therefore I will try to simplify this dilemma by providing you with two different options.
Your first option is to paint with a watercolor pan set (Prang Oval-8). As a beginning watercolorist, this paint set should accommodate your immediate needs at a very reasonable and minimal cost. In the event that you decide to paint with a pan set, please use only the Prang Oval-8 set as other sets are often times opaque.
Your second option is to learn how to paint with tube paints. Any reputable brand of paint will suffice (e.g. M. Graham, Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolors, Daniel Smith Watercolors, etc.) Remember, tube paints are not required for this class, and should be pursued only by those who would like to become familiar to this approach of watercolor painting. If you choose to utilize tube paints, you will also need to purchase a plastic watercolor palette with a lid. A variety of palettes are available through most art stores. For your information, the palette I utilize is a John Pike “Big Well” palette through Cheap Joeʼs. It is important that you keep your palette level when you transport it. However, if you havenʼt placed any paint into your palette, please wait until class time.
Please utilize the brand paints you are accustomed to using and do not feel that you need to paint with the same brand that I utilize. However, in order to cure everyoneʼs curiosity, the paints I use are M. Graham watercolors www.mgraham.com The majority of colors which I have selected for my palette are relatively transparent and lightfast. My approach to painting definitely lends itself to a transparent type of watercolor painting. Again, if you already have an assortment of selected colors, just bring what you have in stock. This following list is only to familiarize you with what I have selected for my palette and the substitute list of colors should be used discriminately.
M. GRAHAM COLORS
*SUBSTITUTE COLOR / COMPANY
- QUINACRIDONE ROSE
* (Grumbracher Thalo Red; Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose)
- ULTRAMARINE BLUE
* (Win/Newton Ultram.Blue; Grumbacher Ultram. Blue.; DaVinci Ultram. Bl)
- HANSA YELLOW DEEP
* (Daniel Smith Hansa Light, Azo, or New Gamboge)
- CADMIUM ORANGE
* (DaVinci Benzimida Orange; W&N Cad. Orange; Grumb. Cad. Orange)
- QUINACRIDONE RUST
* (Grumb. Burnt Sienna; W&N Brnt Sienna; DanSmith Quin.Burnt Orange)
- SAP GREEN
* (DaVinci Sap Green; Grumbacher Sap Green)
ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COLORS
- MANGANESE BLUE HUE
- AZO ORANGE
- NICKEL QUINACRIDONE GOLD
- PHTHALOCYANINE BLUE
~ ADDITIONAL PARAPHERNALIA
- SPRAY BOTTLE (the applicator should be thoroughly washed and filled with water... it is very important that it produces a very, very fine mist and not too forceful... Beauty Supply Stores have applicators that are ideal)
- PLASTIC CONTAINER FOR WATER (quart size container or larger)
- PENCIL (just bring an ordinary #2 pencil... sharpened)
- SKETCH BOOK (any sketch book will suffice, but if you are going to buy one specifically for the workshop, I would recommend a medium sized book measuring between 8” x 11” to 12” x 16” ... I personally prefer the Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketch Book 9” x 12”)
- PAINT PALETTE (this item is only for those who are painting with tube paints)
- DRAWING BOARD (foam board, Gatorboard, wooden or heavy cardboard, etc... size should measure around 18” x 24”)
- EASEL (tables will be available for everyone... if you are currently working with an easel, feel free to bring it to class)
- MASKING TAPE (3/4 or 1 inch wide)
- ERASERS (soft white... the name brand “Factis” is what I prefer)
- PAPER TOWELS
- KLEENEX (without any form of lotion)
- PLASTIC DROP CLOTH (to provide protection for the tables)
MATERIAL LIST FOR PERSPECTIVE CLASS
The following list of supplies represent the basic materials that you will need for the class. Additional art materials will be left up to the discretion of each individual artist.
- DRAWING BOARD (Gatorboard, etc) at least 16” x 23” or larger. In the event that you are curious, I will be utilizing Gatorboard that measures 23” x 31”. Whatever drawing board you decide to use, it should allow you to staple, tack or tape paper to its surface. The texture of the surface should be smooth and conducive to drawing.
- SKETCH BOOK Any large sketch book will suffice, but if you are going to buy one, I would recommend an Aquabee Super Deluxe Sketch Book that measures 14” x 17”. Refer to: www.cheapjoes.com/art-supplies/19889_aquabee-super-deluxe-sketchbooks-wc.asp
- FABER-CASTELL PITT BIG BRUSH ARTIST PENS (COLD GRAYS)
- PENCILS 2H and 4H
- PENS black ballpoint pen and a Sharpie ultra fine point marker
- LARGE BROAD TIP SHARPIE MARKER
- 18” to 24” METAL RULER
- COMPASS (just a basic compass)
- CLEAR TRIANGLE (30 – 60 degree)
- TRACING PAPER PAD (9 x 12 inches and transparent)
- MASKING TAPE
- SCOTCH TAPE
- PUSH PINS (4 to 6 pins)
- ERASERS (Soft white, kneaded or gum type eraser) I prefer the soft, white Factis erasers
- X-ACTO KNIFE (if you feel uncomfortable about using an x-acto, I will provide my cutting services)
- CUTTING SURFACE FOR X-ACTO KNIFE (such as scrap sheet of mat board or other suitable cutting surface... approx 11 x 15 inches or larger)
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