Supplies for “Making Art a Practice 2”


Pelikan cake watercolors: (set of 24)

Brushes: (a selection: 1.5″, #6, #12, #30. These are suggestions. You can use what you have on hand. Brushes do not need to be expensive. I recommend and often use Princeton brushes. There is also a set of 6 brushes for kids at IKEA for $1.50 if you happen to have an IKEA nearby. They’re really great!)


• (1+) 9″x12″ (eg: CANSON XL Mix Media Pad, 60 Sheets, 9 by 12-Inch)

• (1) 5”x8.25 (Moleskine Classic Notebook with plain paper or similar)

Drawing paper:  (Any drawing pad that also takes paint is fine—e.g. the CansonXL sketchbook, or any 14”x18” pad of drawing paper that accepts all media. Highly recommend getting a ream of Dick Blick “Blick white sulfite drawing paper”. It’s $21.99 and great to work on even with watercolor.)
Thicker paper for paint: (A pad of quality thicker paper with vellum (not plate) surface 14”x18”. ) The CansonXL large sketchbook paper would work fine. Thicker paper is even nicer to work with as it doesn’t warp. I like Strathmore 500 series 3 or 4 ply vellum surface (cold press) bristol. This has a slight tooth but is not rough like proper watercolor paper. Fabriano or Arches also good brands. Two or three 20”x30” sheets will do. Our projects will mostly be no larger than 14”x18”.)
Card Stock: (Smooth bristol, illustration board or any smooth thicker paper for doing cut-paper collage on. Again the CansonXL heavy sketchbook paper or something similar is fine.

Ebony drawing pencil: or 6B, 8B etc (dark, soft lead)

Colored pencils: My favorites are Dick Blick for soft leads and rich pigments. Also Prismacolors. We don’t need many colors in this session and any brand will do.

Neocolor watercolor crayons: A small set is fine. Not essential but they are fun  to draw with and produce wonderfully rich colors when wet with brush.

Crayola crayons: In lieu of Neocolors. A pack of 24.

Scissors: 8” size. Cheap is fine. (Again IKEA has a great set of 3 different sized scissors for about $6.)

Acrylic Matte Medium: A small jar is more than enough. We will use as glue. Glue stick can also be used but matte medium works best.

Black acrylic ink or paint

Restickable Glue Stick

Photos of people’s faces: These can be cut from magazines or photos you have. They should be about 2” x 3”.

Note: Whatever brands you prefer are just fine!