Welcome to the preclass lesson! Here you’ll find out about what you need for this course – much of which you can adapt – or you may already own! I try to keep the mini classes to a lesser supply investment where possible.
You may use any brand – but as you’ll see in one of the videos at the end of this lesson, different markers will yield different results. Which is just fine!
The one caveat about “any” brand: You may want to be sure yours have:
I’m not going to list every brand – but these are in order of my recommendations. All three of these are in the neighborhood of $2.50 -$2.75 per pen (summer 2022), and prices can vary greatly if you buy singles vs sets. At this time Blick had the best prices for #2 and #3.
There’s a marker comparison in this YouTube video; charts created in it are below.
This is crucial, as the inks used for most water-based markers like cellulose paper much more than cotton or part-cotton. You can test out your brands as shown in the video at the end of this lesson, but I’ll recommend trying Canson XL watercolor paper. Note that this is NOT Canson Mixed Media paper; that’s lighter weight and more like a drawing paper. The 9×12 pad is what’s used below to create the sketchbook.
For those choosing to do this class in traditional watercolor: Notes will be included in each lesson for you, but no full video that is only watercolor. To make your sketchbook, since you can use something other than Canson XL, you can purchase a full sheets; cut it longways down the full sheet and fold it accordion style (in half, in half again, til at your desired size.) Some recommended papers for you:
The Art Impressions Bible Foliage set is the only one used in this course – they have SO MANY small landscape stamps that you can use any you already have, but I chose this one because it’s got a little of everything in it. You also do NOT need to stamp these images if you can draw them….they’re not hard but I know some just love that stamped look!
Lots of options for brushes – but you’ll want to have a small, medium and large at hand for different uses. For cost effectivenes vs being decent brushes:
Yes we need a pen! You don’t need all these but I’m providing some options to try out if you love pens like I do. If you’re drawing on TOP of dry paper, and don’t need to add water again, the pen need not be waterproof.
The rest of what’s needed will be for the making of the sketchbook:
This video was on YouTube:
There are a number of ways to make a sketchbook like this – since Canson XL only comes in pads, a large piece can’t be cut down to a long strip to make the accordion fold.
During class we’ll be painting flat, since we can opt to have the book unfinished with this method of creating a sketchbook. If you make one for watercolor from one big sheet, you won’t have that option.
In the bonus lesson we’ll do the assembly of our finished pages.
This sketchbook is used in the Watercolor Jumpstart class and would be just dandy for traditional watercolorists to make from a full sheet. (An accordion would be just one strip of this, not the whole thing.)