Let’s talk supplies! Getting the right colors will be more important for this painting than for others on this website; the sky colors make a big difference in their depth, and the texture in the bear is delicious. Note which colors are optional in the list below.
I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means…
However…I love to see students making strides and taking this teaching and personalizing it with your own skills.
At the bottom of each lesson you’ll see some ways to share your homework and ask questions, so that’ll be handy for you.
Use what you’ve got for sure! If you’re picking up some extra colors for class, consider just getting a tile at the hardware store or a plate at Goodwill rather than worrying about a palette and pans to fit in the colors. You can decide later if the colors are ones you’ll use ongoing. But since folks ask – my palette is by House of Hoffman and the one I recommend for most people though is a Whiskey Painters palette. It has wells that dip down at an angle that helps move the paint into a mixable puddle, which can assist in mixing enough pigment for large washes.
I used Arches Rough sheets and recommend getting yourself a sheet if you haven’t before. This painting was created to be a 1/4 sheet piece – that means you’ll fold a sheet in half and tear it, then in half again.
My favorite brushes of late have been natural hair brushes: a Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #8 and a Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round 4 and a 0 by them as well.With a Da Vinci Mottler Flat Wash brushes for good measure.
However you can use brushes you have(Round 8, 4, and 0, with the mottler or a mop), but watch the way color lays down in the videos. If it takes you a dozen brushstrokes to do what one does in the video, ask Santa to bring you one for Christmas!
You’ll need something to tape your paper to; I like the Incredible Art Board by Grafix. Lightweight but sturdy!
White artist tape is a must at your level of painting; being able to see the color you’re using without being surrounded by a blue or green “frame” will really help. I use a 3/4″ width.