Illustrate Through a Magnifying Glass

Class Supply list

-A magnifying glass (!) - The larger it is and the higher magnification it has, the easier you will be able to illustrate what you see.
-An item you want to illustrate. Examples: a seashell, an insect, a flower or plant, a piece of heirloom jewelry, etc.
-An 8x10 or larger piece of watercolor paper (I recommend Arches cold press 140g or thicker)
-Several sheets of white printer paper to practice drawing different textures
-Black "Micron Pigma" brand pens (which are waterproof and lightfast) - I recommend sizes 005, 01, and 03. At the very least, one size 01.
-Several pencils of different hardness (I recommend 4-6H, HB, and 2B)
-Paper towels
-Watercolor paint brushes - I recommend a round #12 and a round #8, plus one small one, maybe #2 or so for detail work. If you already have similar numbers, you don't need to go out and buy the specific ones I mention. Please make sure they are intended for watercolor.
-Transparent Watercolors - student grade is OK, but you will get better results using artist grade (suggested: gamboge or lemon yellow, quinacridone violet, alizarin red, ultramarine blue, phthallo green - more if you want, e.g. greens and browns). Daniel Smith, M. Graham and Schmincke are good brands I recommend.
You can find the supplies at Art's Desire in Vancouver, or Dick Blick or Utrecht in Portland. Michael's has the Micron pens, pencils, and paper as well, but doesn't always have a good assortment of watercolors.