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So you just signed up for the Abstract Mixed Media Workshop! You're going to have a blast. And now you're going to need supplies. I've done my best to break this down and make it as simple for you as possible. The easiest and least expensive way to purchase your supplies is to order the majority of them online (see the column to the right for instructions.)
If you'd rather buy them yourself, I've listed everything that you will need below. You can find a print-friendly version of the supply list here:
Do yourself a HUGE favor and make sure to buy only the brands that I recommend and not 'student grade'. You might think you are saving money but actually you are wasting it because you will end up needing to purchase the better brand down the road anyway.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to call me at (949) 551-1987 and I am happy to clarify for you.
Abstract Mixed Media Workshop Supply List
These supplies will allow you to play with textures and techniques. As you master them, you can begin using them within your fine art paintings.
When I list specific brands or type of product, I do so because cheaper brands will only cause you grief - believe me. Some don't work at all for these workshops. You will be using most of these supplies for each of ArtEFFECTS workshops you attend. To understand which supplies you will need for a specific workshop please give me a call at (949) 551-1987.
Several Flat SYNTHETIC Brush Sizes:
(Do NOT buy Bristle brushes as they become floppy in water)
Purchase good Artist Brushes - NOT house painting brushes from a hardware store. Artist brushes will come to a sharp chisel edge and house painting brushes remain bushy and uncontrollable. Trust me on this!
The Liquitex Paddle Brushes are my favorite and the BEST acrylic brushes I've found. Try to get at least a 1" and a 3". They aren't a necessity, but I guarantee that when you try them, you'll want them all! You can get them from Dick Blick.
Call for which of these mediums you'll need for each workshop. You won't need them all.
16 oz size or larger (473 ml)
- Liquitex brand Gloss Gel Medium **
- Liquitex brand Light Modeling Paste **
- Liquitex brand Matte Gel Medium
- Liquitex brand Pouring Medium
- Golden brand Soft Gel (semi gloss)
- Clear Gesso
**These two items are required for every workshop.
LIQUID ACRYLIC Paints:
Avoid Tube acrylics. Purchase colors you like in any of these listed. You can buy a mixture of brands.
- Golden Liquid Acrylics
- Liquitex Acrylic Inks
- Crafters Acrylics (eg: Ceramcoat, FolkArt, Apple Barrel)
- 2-3 Metalic Colors (in any of these brands)
You may end up using one or all of these in any given workshop.
- Sheets of student grade watercolor paper which usually comes in a pad (approx 8"x10" size)
- 2 or 3 (11"x14" or 12"x16" - approx. size) Stretched Canvas (DON'T buy 'Artist's Loft' brand from Michael's - they are BAD quality, saggy and won't hold the weight of mixed-media)
- Cold Pressed Illustration Board (buy 1 sheet and cut it down into several 8x10 inch pieces - approximate size)
All of the supplies below are NOT included in the Dick Blick supply list online (top right column.) If you are purchasing your supplies online, please make sure to bring these with you to your first class as well. If you have any questions, please call (949) 551-1987.
- Metal 'Trowel style' Painting Knife (NOT plastic)
- Graphite Pencil
- Colored Pencils (a few colors)
- Markers (a few colors)
- 1 Black Sharpie
- Freezer Paper
- Elmer's white glue (only Elmer's brand - not the washable school glue though)
- Indoor Slippers or Flip flops — The studio has a 'shoes-off' policy so most students bring either a pair of slippers (in winter), or a pair of flip flops for indoor use. You are welcome to be barefoot or wear socks as well.
- Water Bottle with water for drinking
- Bag for carrying your supplies (anything that works for you)
- Apron or wear old shirt over clothes
- Small Packets of Small Flat Seeds (bring 1 or more). Examples: Chives, Flax, Celery, Quinoa, Amaranthe... you get the idea.
- 2-3 Tbsps. Coffee Grounds
- 2-3 Tbsps. Clean Sand
- 2-3 Tbsps. Kosher Salt
- 2-4 oz. Rubbing Alcohol
- 2 Tbsps. Liquid Dishwashing Soap
- Roll of Plastic Wrap
- Eye Dropper
- Craft Knife
- Tile Sponge (the kind that stays soft when it's dry)
- Old Toothbrush
Collect a few of these:
- Magazine Images scrap
- Old Book Pages scrap
- Patterned Paper scraps
- Textured Wall Paper scraps
- Laserjet Photocopies Prints of images you like (These have to be photocopies (or laserjet prints) and NOT inkjet prints from an inkjet printer as inkjet will smear and run.)
- Newspaper images you like
- Old Watercolor painting scraps
Extra: Choose whatever you want to bring from the list below. You don't need to bring everything, just some of these things -- but the more you have, the more fun your projects will be. The idea is to bring a variety of materials and textures to add to your pieces. Whatever you can find!
- Cheese Cloth
- Loose weave Burlap pieces
- Loose weave Fabric pieces (optional)
- Small jar Vasaline
- Small Dishwasher Rinse Aid
- Kite String
- Ventilation Tape
- Clear Packing Tape (wide)
- Aluminum Foil pieces
- Clear Con-Tact brand Paper (get GOOD quality, no 'dollar' brands!)
- Small piece of Canning Wax
- White Wrapping Tissue pieces
- 2-3 Paper Coffee Cup Sleeves (from Starbuck's, Seattle's, Peet's all have different textures)
- Spray Bottle & Misting Bottle (Different kinds will give you different types of spray)
- 2 Large Water Containers (small buckets)
- 5-10 Toothpicks
- Roll of Paper Towels
- Old Hand Towel
- 100% Cotton T-Shirt rag cut into pieces
- Unscented Baby Wipes (small pkg)
- Small Plastic Mixing Cups (eg: used fruit or instant pudding cups)
- Small sheet Wet/Dry Sandpaper
- Small sheet Fine Sandpaper
- Clean/dry Egg Shells
- 1 Drinking Straw
- 2-3 Stirring Straws (coffee stirrers)
- 2-3 Coffee Stir Sticks (Starbucks sticks)
- Painter's Tape (any color)
If you have any of these, feel free to bring them. You don't have to go out and purchase them, but they'll make your experience more fun.
- Hair Combs (afro comb, baby comb, rat-tail - the more different ones you can find, the more textures you can make!)
- Rubber Stamps
- Texture Plates
- Paper Punches
- Craft Texture Sissors
- Tacky Carpet Mesh
- Bubble Wrap
- Frayed Cotton Fabric scraps
- Buttons, Flat Beads, Found Treasures
- Silk Leaves
- Embroidery Floss pieces
- Colored Thread pieces
- Specialty Yarn pieces
- Lace pieces
- Chalk Pastels (a few colors)
- Powdered Mediums (a few colors)
- Gold and or Silver Marker Pens
- You get the idea!
Download the Print-Friendly Supply List
To download the print-friendly version of this list to take with you to the art supply store, click the button below:
Order supplies in one click!
To make it easy for you, you can order a portion of the supplies online and save time hunting around as well as money, since Blick Art Materials has great prices! I've already selected all of the main painting supplies that you will need and put them in a class list -- just click the button below to add them to your shopping cart and check out!
It usually takes about 10 days for supplies to arrive, so if you have time, this is the best method. If there isn't time to order supplies online before the workshop, you will need to go shopping yourself (instructions in the next section below.)
PLEASE NOTE: There are several Miscellaneous Supplies that you will need that are not included. They are at the bottom of the supply list on the left hand side. Make sure you bring those with you to the workshop as well!
Or, buy them yourself
If you'd rather go shopping for supplies yourself, I've tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find what you need. Please make sure to buy only the brands I recommend -- you'll be saving yourself a huge headache and money in the long run. You can download a printer-friendly version of the supply list by clicking the button below:
The best place to purchase supplies locally is:
Art Supply Warehouse
Art Supply Warehouse has the BEST local prices around. They carry just about everything. Their people are extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. This is a great place to save money - especially if you are purchasing a lot of supplies.
If you want more options, you can find more at Where Can I Buy Supplies?