Below is information about supplies, products, brands, etc.
Art Supply Stores
•Bookstore, Clark College Bookstore – Kits are available for this class
•Dick Blick 11th & NW Glisan Portland OR 2710 Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton
•Columbia Art Supply 1515 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214 (503) 232-2216
•I’ve Been Framed Art Supplies, 52 & SE Foster Rd Portland, OR.
• Artist & Craftsman Supply, Portland. Two locations. 3393 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202, and 2906 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97217
•Your in-laws, brother, sister, attic, neighbor’s, where ever art supplies can be “borrowed” or you name it “found”.
I'll go over supplies more specifically on first day, bring what you have.
There is usually a readymade kit available in the Clark College Bookstore. This is optional to get, but contains everything except the paper. Watercolor brush set, Slant rectangular palette, Kneaded eraser, Glue Stick purple, B pencils, Pelican opaque paint box (24), Water proof ink (Black India) are all in the kit.
Strathmore Watercolor pad 9” x 12”
Good optional items
Salt (Coarse, Kosher, etc.), rubbing alcohol, sketch and wash pencil or prismacolor watercolor pencil (black), plastic water containers (yogurt containers work well), natural sponge (elephant ear) or good sturdy small sponge, paper towels
The Grumbacher Academy series is a high quality student grade pigment and less expensive
than a professional grade. You will likely not notice the difference. Grumbacher and
Winsor & Newton both make good professional grade paint products as do Van Gogh, daVinci,
Cotman, Pelikan, and Holbein. Don't stint on paints--poor quality watercolors will
produce a chalky, slightly translucent film and the color will have considerably less
brilliance. With watercolor, it's important to get maximum transparency and color
intensity in your paint.
What you will need for class: Make sure your cake sets contain all the primary colors. You can buy inexpensive sets for under $10. Or you learn to work from tubes. If you purchase tubes I advise -1 tube each of Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Medium, Thalo Crimson (Quinacridone Red), Ultramarine Blue, Thalo Blue (Pthalocyanine Blue), Payne’s Gray.
Optional colors: Yellow-Green, Emerald Green, Cerulean Blue, Indian Red, Burnt Umber,
Yellow Ochre, Chinese White.
Beginning students may wish to purchase an inexpensive set of inferior, but workable set of watercolors. There are many good cake sets out there, stay far away and avoid those sets that you’d use as a child. For example the PRANG sets. The Pro Art brand comes out with complete sets that have a variety of colors—not as transparent, vibrant or long lasting—but perfectly fine to learn with.
It is absolutely essential that you get watercolor brushes. Look for brushes that
are all synthetic or a mixture of sable and synthetic fiber. Pure sable is wildly
expensive. To ensure quality, make sure the brush has a seamless metal ferrule and
test the fibers for softness and elasticity. If you are unsure about what to buy,
by all means, have the store attendant help you. Brushes are absolutely crucial to
your success. Quality brands include Connoisseur, Robert Simmons, daVinci, Winsor
The brushes suggested for class: 1in. wide flat or mop wash brush, #14 round, #5 round. You could also use other sizes you’re comfortable with to start with.
Blocks of watercolor paper come in a variety of sizes from 9 x 12 inches to 18 x 24 in. There are usually 24 sheets in a block. Painting on a watercolor block eliminates the need to stretch the paper. Watercolor paper can also be purchased in spiral pads containing approximately 20-25 sheets
•I recommend getting Strathmore 140# 9 x12 inch watercolor pads, Pro Art 12 x 18 inch watercolor pads, and anything similar 9 x 12 inches or larger. Cold press. You can start with one pad and pick up another during the term.
Since the pigment is mixed with water for painting, a good watercolor paper must be able to absorb excess moisture when wet without too much wrinkling or buckling. To prevent this buckling, it is often necessary to stretch the paper and fasten it with tape or glue on a rigid board.
Good papers are absorbent enough to hold the paint, and yet not too absorbent to act as blotters. The best and most expensive papers are those that have linen and rag content. These are made in sheets varying from thin, 72 lb. weight, to thick, 400 lb. weight. Generally, 140 lb. or heavier, will deliver the most satisfying results. Please do not purchase any paper under 90 lbs.
Hot pressed papers (HP) are made with smooth, workable surfaces, while cold pressed (CP) come in a selection of smooth course and rough textures. It is optional to try to purchase a watercolor sampler pad to get a variety of papers to experiment with.
Good watercolor papers include Strathmore, D'Arches, Rives BFK, Fabriano, Winsor & Newton, Aquarelle, and Sommerset brands. These brands can often be purchased at the art supply store in packets of five.
What you will need for class:
•One 9x12 inches (or slightly larger) cold press, 140# watercolor paper pad.
•Watercolor cake or tube set
•Palette for tube paints, and cake sets. Sometimes the mixing palette comes with the cake/tube sets.
Other Miscellaneous supplies you may want for class
Sketchpad – spiral bound, or Moleskin book,
Richeson 12 x 16 in. watercolor palette or comparable white palette Pencil and kneaded grey eraser
Plastic water containers (yogurt containers work well)
Natural sponge (elephant ear) or good sturdy small sponge Paper towels
Optional: Oil pastels, charcoal, chalk pastels, conte crayons, paint/supply box, portfolio Plywood or masonite panel measuring no less than 24 x 32 in. to stretch paper on 4 0z. container of Sobo fabric and craft glue
Plastic utility knife with break-off blades”