So glad to have you here! In this lesson we’ll discuss the supplies needed for this course; as always, I encourage using the supplies you own instead of shopping for more stuff—although you may have different results from those shown. That’s not a bad thing, of course – you might discover something amazing! If you do be sure to post over in Artventure, using #caninecompaions as the hashtag, so that other students in these courses might find your discovery helpful.
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.
A discussion of supplies – for this course…
Download the Mystery Grid and try it out with your pencils and watercolor paper below.
The demonstrations are done on Arches hot press watercolor paper – it can handle both the detailed pencil sketch and watercolor too. I purchased a sheet and reduced it in size by folding (see the video below), and painted 5×7 paintings on 1/8 sheets. You might also prefer to get a pad of Hot Press paper instead, but if you plan to take more of the Canine Companions courses, a sheet might be most cost effective. (FYI When buying from Blick they give a good discount to get 10 sheets. Not that you need 10 sheets, but ya know. Bulk is good.)
I sometimes use my Quietsharp electric (BLICK – AMZ ), but more often I go for any handheld with fresh blades inside. Treat yourself to a new one just for fun – the blades do get dull. Love me a Dahle Chubby, a Dahle Yellow Sharpener , a Prismacolor, or I’m just now trying out a Blackwing and it’s a little pricier, but comes with extra blades…kinda liking it!
Ruler / T Square
Use a regular ruler to measure out lines for a grid or get this little tsquare that makes it easy! I use it all. the. time. in my studio.
As with all classes, use supplies you love, being prepared for different results if it’s something different than listed here. (Which is not a bad thing!)
Watercolor & brushes
I’ve linked to the Daniel Smith colors used in class:
Brushes can be whatever you prefer – in the demos, sables are used but here are options for those and Silver’s synthetics. The 0 brush is used primarily for whiskers and eye highlights in gouache.
The watercoloring in this class is “light” – meaning we’re not doing big splashy things. None of the demos are taped down but if you wish to, these can be used. (The white tape IS used in one painting.)
I’m so glad you joined me for this class! Give the Mystery Grid a try in advance of starting on lesson 1, it might really help you think in terms of “shapes” as we’ll be talking about a lot throughout the course. See you there!