Layers of Light - Mixed media art class
supplies and tools
Below is a list of supplies for the class.
Please also visit the "Encaustic Set-Up" page HERE.
I have included links to some of my favorite supplies to get you started: click on the images to order from Amazon.
Whenever possible, I'm listing a variety of options so you can use whatever you already own: I really encourage you to go on a scavenger hunt and collect any tools and materials that you can (safely!) experiment with, or that you could use as substitutes for the ones I use in the tutorials. It's the beauty of mixed media and it is exactly how it all started for me, and how I came up with some of my favorite personal techniques (oh that white-out pen!)
setting up your space
A palette (or a white plate etc.): As you'll see in the videos, I personally like to use a whole lot of small transparent plastic lids (as some of you have guessed, yes, they are from... Pringles cans!). I recently found the mini Petri dishes below which have a lid to prevent small paint left-overs from drying! If you like to work on a table, a big glass palette is a great option too.
Something to protect your surface (old towel, table-cloth, plastic bag...)
Something to protect your clothes (apron, old shirt...)
Mini Transparent Palettes
Your choice of paintbrushes (one or two can be enough, we will be using our fingers a lot!)
An old plastic card (credit card, key card...) and/or palette knives
Craft Heat Gun: To speed up drying and for encaustic.
Stretched canvases or wood panels, including a big one for the final project in Lesson 6! NB: wood & MDF left-overs from your DIY store are a great, unexpensive option.
For the warm-up in Lesson 2: Sturdy white paper like heavy watercolor paper or cardstock, cardboard... You can also gesso over brown cardboard, cereal boxes, old mailers...
For the purpose of filming, I'm using small substrates, but if you feel like going big, don't hesitate!
A dark brown like Raw Umber or Burnt Umber
Your choice of colors (choose the ones you are most attracted to)
Optional: a few neutral tones of your choice (Titan Buff, Warm Grey, Naples Yellow...), but you can mix your own with the paints listed above.
Black India ink
White gesso (recommended, but you can use white acrylic paint instead)
Watersoluble crayons like NeoColor 2
Wood Panel (8”X8”)
Streteched Canvas (16”X20”)
Large Flat Brushes
Plastic Palette Knives
Acrylic paint: Titanium White
Acrylic paint: Raw Umber
Acrylic paint: Titan Buff
Black India Ink
A FEW FAVORITE COLORS OF MINE
Acrylic paint: Sap Green
Acrylic paint: Neutral Grey
Acrylic paint: Paynes Grey
Acrylic paint: Turquoise Green
Acrylic paint: Yellow Ochre
Acrylic paint: Persian Rose
Acrylic ink: Titanium White
Acrylic ink: Magenta
Acrylic ink: Olive Green
Acrylic ink: Turquoise
Acrylic ink: Paynes Grey
Acrylic Ink: Yellow Orange Azo
Alcohol inks: Lakeshore set
Alcohol ink: Butterscotch
Alcohol ink: Lettuce
DRAWING AND MARK-MAKING
Pens and pencils (look around your craft supplies, scrapbooking and office supplies):
A regular HB to 4B pencil
Black, fine-tip permanent pen: pigment pen or india ink pen like Pitt Artist pens, or fine-tip Sharpie. Regular ball-point pens are a nice option too
Black watersoluble pencil (Stabilo All is my favorite supply in the whole world!) or watersoluble crayon
White fine tip pen like Posca pen or Liquitex acrylic pen
Fine-tip correction pen ("white-out")
Brush-tip Pitt Artist Pens in colors you love (below are a few favorite of mine)
A variety of materials to stamp and make marks with. Some of my favorites are bubble-wrap, shelf-liner, plastic mesh, corrugated cardboard, feathers, wood skewers and coffee stirrers... Look around you and use your imagination!
BLACK & WHITE
Stabilo All Black Pencil
Black Pitt Artist Pens
Black Pigment Liner
White Posca Pen (Fine)
White Correction Pen
Pitt Artist Pen: A few favorite colors
COLLAGE & "FAUX ENCAUSTIC"
"Matte acrylic gel medium or "binder" (Golden, Liquitex or other brand). NB: since filming this class, I’ve also had wonderful results with the Super Heavy Gel by Liquitex. But I do NOT recommend the Heavy Gel by Golden as some students have reported that it made inks bleed, even acrylic ones.
Medium-sized flat paintbrush (see "Painting" section above)
A wide, plastic palette knife (see "Painting" section above)
Old magazines with images that you love (libraries will often happily give away outdated issues)
A variety of papers in neutral tones: tissue paper, packing paper, bookpages (preferably from a book that inspires you), sheet music, dried, empty tea bags, sewing pattern paper...*
Some pieces of fiber: old clothes, cheesecloth, ribbon, lace...*
Matte Gel Medium by Golden
Matte Gel Medium by Liquitex
... Remember: You don't need to buy lots of things, ask around to friends and family!
PLaster substrates in lesson 3
warm-upS / inspiration prompts:
Pen and paper
Your camera (the one on your phone is absolutely fine)
Optional: a Pinterest account!
Optional: a journal to write in. If you already have one going, you can absolutely use it.
Please visit the "Encaustic Set-Up" page: