This list is a basic kit for painting away from home. Please do not hesitate to email any questions about your art materials. This list consists of essentials and suggestions. Please ask if you are unsure about anything. (Although there are usually people at each workshop willing to share if you’ve missed something.)

1. Drop-sheet is vital. This is part of your discipline to protect the environment that you create in when you are not at home. In most venues, no drop-sheet means no painting. NOTE: The plastic drop sheets from a hardware store paint section are not really suitable as they stick to your feet and make a mess. It is worth investing in a good heavy cloth drop-sheet that paint won’t soak through, or raiding the linen cupboard for two old sheets that you can use doubled up, and keep these as part of your Painting Kit.

2. An easel if you have one. If not, the church venue may have small tables that can be used for painting. Please check with us, and bring an additional protective cloth for the table if you do not have an easel. NOTE: If you are intending to purchase an easel, please try it out in the store first. So many easels are sold as ‘portable or field’ easels designed for plain art painting or travelling. These easels fold down and are lightweight, but generally fairly useless and difficult to control. It is worth investing in a sturdy easel, especially if you intend to paint on stage. Most good easels will telescope into a more portable format for travelling and storage.

3. Two canvases or art papers attached with tape to sturdy boards. A good size to use is 60cm x 60cm or larger. NOTE: Canvas preparation is not essential; however, your workshop experience may be more satisfying if you prepare your canvas with a background of any colour. A flat coloured gesso or ‘Background’ colour from Matisse or Jo Sonja paint works well, as do student paints or any underpainting (meaning a painting you want to paint over, even if you have picked up an old canvas at Vinnie’s). It doesn’t matter what colour (as long as it is not white) as you WILL PAINT OVER it.

Fair Warning: No drop-sheet means no painting, and there will be no refund if you have not brought an adequate drop-sheet.

Fair Warning: No oil paints or glitter means NO. You will not be permitted to paint in oils or glitter at this workshop, and there is no refund if you if you have not brought suitable paints.

4. Basic art supplies in your preferred medium, i.e. acrylics, watercolours, pastels. (However, please do NOT bring oil paints or glitter paint. You will not be permitted to paint in oils or glitter at this workshop.) I suggest acrylics simply because I find them better for live speed painting and you will experience more freedom with acrylics. NOTE: If budget is an issue and you are buying new paint, buy fewer colours of the best paint you can afford. White, blue, and yellow are good start-up colours. (PS. Don’t even bother with black, ask me why in the workshop.) Student paints will disappoint you, although they are fine for a few stand-by pre-mixed colours.

5. Brushes. Bring any brushes you would normally use. Finger painting is also acceptable. I am often asked what brushes I use, here is a short list:

  • Large flat about 2″ wide
  • Superfine round size 0-000 with 1” long bristle
  • Superfine round size 0-000 with 1/4″ short bristle
  • Small flat brush 1/4″ wide
  • Fan brush Old scrunched up brush (used for “wispy” effects).

6. Water container and hand-towel.

Fair Warning: Please be aware that it is your responsibility to leave your workspace beautifully clean and paint-free. We have allowed time within your workshop schedule to set up, pack up and clean up. We like to leave our venue hosts with a GOOD impression of art and artists!

7. Paper and pen for activation exercises. This is separate from note-taking.

8. Optional: Note taking devices (i.e. Paper and pen, iPad, smartphone)

Fair Warning: Photography or video within the workshop is not permitted, other than of your own work.

9. Optional: Other art materials could include bubble-wrap or scrunched plastic bag, feathers, fern branches, sticks, rags, paper towel. Anything that can be used to make a “mark on paper” is useful for making art.