8-Week Online Program
Supply list + recommendations for the creative part of the program, starting June 15, 2018.
I will have some links to Amazon.com (affiliate) and highly recommend Michaels for US customers. If this is your first time trying this out, do not go fancy. I promise, you will not go wrong if you use cheap canvases, acrylic paints and brushes.
ESSENTIALS: stretched canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, art journal, some markers + favorite writing pens.
ADD ONS (Optional): other painting tools (see brushes info below), acrylic markers, special acrylic colors. I highly suggest a color wheel
I recommend at least a 18x24" stretched canvas. Personally the bigger the better. Best deals can often be found at Michaels if you are in the US and particularly if you can use a coupon. Their Artist's Loft Canvases often come in value packs, like these ones here.
I am not a fan of canvas boards, but that is individual taste. Another way to paint is a wooden box or frame. I often use wooden quote wall pictures that I find in the clearance bin at Marshall's. Here you will need white Gesso though to create a foundation.
You can't go wrong with a set of paints, as they are often cheaper and perfect in size if you do not know yet if you want to go further. Here is a set of Liquitex Basics Arcylic Paints (Set of 48) that I like. I also got good results with Artist's Loft Acrylic Paints from Michaels. I recommend that you check out the color charts and chose the ones you prefer the most. One word about black and white colors though. There are different shades to them, for white I absolutely recommend Titanium White and for black I like Mars Black as some "regular" blacks turn out rather grey. There are a few exception to the cheap rule if you want to play: Golden High Flow Acrylics... (look out for Hansa Yellow, Iridescent Pink, Teal), and Golden Heave Body Gold and Liquitex Acrylic Ink.
The things I use to paint with... everything: Michaels has nice value packs for brushes, like this one here. What I also love to paint with is foam brushes, palette knives, wooden coffee sticks (from your favorite coffee shop), paper towels, cling film, my fingers. My fingers are my favorite tools to paint with though.
I also often use stencils to create some dimension and layers on my canvas. Be careful though, adhesive stencil will not work and if they are to small or detailed it is difficult too. Old credit cards are great to get the paint through stencils.
ART Journal Extras
My favorite art journal is from the Dylusions Line. And I mainly use it for drawing and planning new concepts and love that it folds open flat. A regular Mixed Media Pad will work too though. I really like Distress Inks (optional) to pretty up some pages. However, what is also cool, are some washable markers (like the Crayola ones) + Watercolor Brush Pens. I created some nice watercolor-like drawings (like the one in the picture). This works a bit better on Mixed Media paper though than on the Dylusions Journal, as the paper in this journal absorbs the water pretty quickly.
This list is endless, but I try... My Friend Fear - Your Story Is Your Power - Rise Above - On Becoming An Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity - The Hidden Life Of Trees - Creating the Impossible - Resilient - Freedom From Your Inner Critic - Creative Visualization - Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief - Nonviolent Communication - You Are What You Say - tbc...
There are so many journals I love, so I thought I give you an idea on some that come with some guidance: Present, Not Perfect: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Loving Who You Are - The Wildflower's Workbook: A Journal for Self-Discovery in Nature - Practice You: A Journal - Be Yourself: Self-Discovery Guided Journal - Compendium Journals like: Expect The Most Wonderful Things To Happen - Everything You Can Imagine Is Real - Amazing book full of ideas, when you get stuck: Journal Sparks: Fire Up Your Creativity with Spontaneous Art, Wild Writing, and Inventive Thinking
Here is where it really gets downhill for your wallet. BEWARE ;o) - None of this is necessary for the class. You literally could paint with tea, coffee, spices and flowers if you wanted too. A friend of mine made a beautiful video about it recently.