Supply List

Watercolor Portrait from a Photo

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Watercolor Brushes in similar sizes to these (not the cheap brushes offered in packets –they shed):

¼” flat

½” flat

#12 round 

#8 round 

#4-6 round (for detail work)

Try to have at least 3 rounds. 

Photo: 8” x 10” of a face would be ideal. Make sure it is copyright free.

Paper: I get my best results on the following brand paper (Arches):

Aquarelle Arches 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block, has a SOLID GREEN COVER, 12” X 16” (about $40. in one of the catalogs below, often $60. at a store: hint, find a store coupon)

or, 140# Arches, cold pressed paper (you can get 4-6 paintings from two 22” x 30” sheets! You can also turn them over for yet more paintings! Also available in 16” x 20” sheet packs.

If you use the 2nd option, you will need a non-porous board to tape paper onto: such as varnished Masonite, Plexiglass, or Formica. Cut a little larger than your desired paper size, enough for masking tape on all 4 sides.

Paints: 7-8ml tubes, s/as Winsor Newton, Grumbacher, (Cotman=student grade)

Caucasian portrait: (this is what I will demonstrate)

Cobalt Blue

New Gamboge

Rose Madder Genuine

Optional Colors if you are doing an African American portrait:

Cobalt Blue

New Gamboge

Burnt Sienna

Raw Umber

Optional: Blending Medium for Watercolor, 2.5 fl. Oz. or smaller: Winsor Newton, Golden or Daniel Smith brand. This is a surfactant, also known as a flow release or flow improver used in evening out the layers of paint. 

Palette: Any watercolor palette for the three to six colors for this class. It should be labeled “for watercolor” and have a flat mixing area. Covered palettes are nice, but you can place a 4 ½” x 12” inexpensive palette in a 12” plastic pencil box. A porcelain plate or a enameled refrigerator tray will do too. 

*5 or more small, shorter type, yogurt containers, or small plastic covered containers (for color mixtures)

White charcoal pencil

Kneaded eraser (grey), or white vinyl eraser 

Paper to draw on: any kind, nice to have some the size of your watercolor paper.

Tracing paper

Plastic Sheet Protector

Thin Permanent Marker

Ruler -12”

#2 pencils or other drawing pencils if you have them

Masking tape

Plastic water containers, such as plastic cottage cheese or yogurt  

Paper towel &/or Kleenex

Carry cases (travel suitcase on wheels or over the shoulder bags. Anything that does the job for you! 

Optional: Masking supplies: Masking Fluid

Crepe Rubber Cement Pick Up 

old brush or cheap kid’s brush, toothpicks for details 

tiny container of liquid soap or small bar of soap

Paint a Person in a Pose

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     Cedarburg Art Museum

Non-copyrighted Photo,

masking tape, clear acetate to tape over photo, fine permanent marker, 12 & 36" ruler, pencils, kneaded eraser,


140# or 300# cold press watercolor paper at 1/2 or full sheet, or as large as you like. Slightly larger non-porous board to tape it to,

new kitchen sponge, 


watercolors-Ultramarine or Cobalt Blue, Rose Madder or Permanent Rose, Gamboge Yellow or New Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, Sap or Hooker's Green, preferably professional grade, 


watercolor palette or white ceramic plate, 


2 or more watercolor professional round brushes, # 4-10, 1" flat brush, 


other watercolor supplies you may have. 

The Lake & Parks ~Paint along & with

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  Port Washington Adult Center

-Chair or stool to sit on if needed.

-EASEL: If you don't have one, or one to borrow, you may prop a board with your paper on an opened chair facing you. The seat make a nice "table" for your paints and brushes. Practice at home setting up, please.

-BRUSHES: Choose 3 to 4 of various sizes, 2-3 rounds and a 1"flat.

-WATERCOLORS: Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Rose, Gamboge Yellow, or what you have in the three primary colors.

-PAPER: Arches 140 Lb. (Solid Green Cover block) any size that fits in your carry bag.

-OTHER: Pencils, kneaded eraser, sketch paper, Qt. of water, containers for water, spray bottle with water, clips for paper, masking tape, bug repellent, suntan lotion, optional sun umbrella to stick in ground or clip to easel, Optional masking fluid, soap, old brushes, old toothbrushes

Bring The Outdoors Inside

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      Cedarburg Senior Center

-OPTIONAL: EASEL

-BRUSHES: Choose 3 to 4 of various sizes, 2-3 rounds and a 1"flat.

-WATERCOLORS: Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Rose, Gamboge Yellow, or what you have in the three primary colors. You may add Burnt Sienna or other colors if you like.

-PAPER: Arches 140 Lb. (Solid Green Cover block) any size 

-OTHER: Pencils, kneaded eraser, sketch paper, “cottage cheese” containers for water, spray bottle with water, masking tape, ruler, Optional supplies, but great to have: masking fluid, small liquid soap, old or cheap brushes, old toothbrushes, scratching tool such as an old credit card, salt, piece of sand paper, watercolor pencils

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Sugested Supplies

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*SUGGESTED Supplies for

Erin Callahan Blum’s Watercolor Classes

Watercolor Brushes in similar sizes to these:

1” flat synthetic (EX: Robert Simmons 755 goes on sale for $11.00)

#12 round synthetic

#8 round synthetic

#4 round synthetic

Try to have at least 2 rounds and definitely 1” flat brush.

Optional: 1 ½”-3” wide flat brush for washes on large paper if you plan on painting large  Optional:  Rigor brush

Paints: If you want, just make sure to have at least 3 primary colors, and Burnt Sienna. If you have other blues, yellows & reds already, you may use them instead. The top group is what I recommend if you don’t have paints already. The second group is other colors I enjoy using.

You will NOT need black or white! Winsor Newton makes professional grade paint and a student grade called Cotman. Other brands are fine. The smaller 7-8ml tubes are fine.

Permanent Rose

Rose Madder Genuine

Transparent Yellow

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Burnt Sienna

Cadmium Red Light or Deep

Alizarin Crimson

Quinacridone Gold OR Gamboge Genuine

Prussian Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Burnt Umber

Optional, because greens can be mixed with yellow & blue:  Viridian OR Sap Green

Cerulean Blue

Paper:  I get my best results on the following brand paper (Arches):

Aquarelle Arches 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block, has a SOLID GREEN COVER, 12” X 16” (about $30. in one of the catalogs below, often $50. at a store: hint, find a store coupon)

or, 140# Arches, cold pressed paper (you can get 4-6 paintings from two 22” x 30” sheets! You can also turn them over for yet more paintings! Also available in 16” x 20” sheet packs.

Non porous board to tape paper onto: such as varnished Masonite, Plexiglass, or Formica. Cut a little larger than your desired paper size, enough for masking tape on all 4 sides.

Palette:  Large (WATERCOLOR specified) with flat mixing area.  A porcelain plate or enameled refrigerator tray will do!  If it does not have a cover, slip it in a container or box.  A small palette is nice as an extra, but should have FLAT areas to mix paint. 

Photo/s to work from that are your own or you have permission to use. Sometimes I will have extra of mine.  A couple people bring their “tablet” to work from. Or, google in “copyright free images of ______”.

Paper to draw on:  any kind, nice to have some the size of your watercolor paper.

Tracing paper

#2 pencils or other drawing pencils if you have them

Two 12” rulers

Masking tape

Plastic water containers, such as plastic cottage cheese or yogurt

Spray bottle for water 

Paper towel &/or Kleenex

Kitchen sponge &/or natural sponge (nothing abrasive)

Salt

Carry cases (travel suitcase on wheels or over the shoulder bags. Anything that does the job for you! 

Optional:  Masking supplies: Masking Fluid

Crepe Rubber Cement Pick Up

 old brush or cheap kid’s brush, toothpicks for details

tiny container of liquid soap or small bar of soap

Color Wheel (small watercolor wheel)

Perspective: 2 yardsticks are nice to have

Transparent or Opaque class:  Wide BLACK permanent marker

Pen and watercolor class:  Ultra Fine Point SHARPIE Permanent Marker


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Where to find Supplies

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Michaels (coupons found on-line)

Hobby Lobby

Blick Art Supplies

I sometimes order from: Blick, 800 828-4548, www.dickblick.com, Cheap Joe’s, 800-227-2788, www.cheapjoes.com, or ASW, 800-995-6778, www.aswexpress.com, 

www.jerrysartarama and Amazon.

Everyday items can be found at a hardware, lumber or retail store.

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Thank you!