The supplies for this workshop are flexible and depend on your own personal preference. Here are some general recommendations:
I like to work on location in a sketchbook containing 140 lb. watercolor paper.
Sketchbooks I like and recommend include:
Stillman and Birn Beta series (paper has a slight tooth)
Stillman and Birn Zeta series (smooth hot-press style paper)
Handbook Field Watercolor Journal
Pentalic Aqua Journal (140 lb. watercolor paper)
Strathmore Art Journal – Watercolor (140 lb. paper)
There are many other brands that will work as well.
Size is up to you, but I suggest at least 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”.
Alternatively, you could choose to use watercolor paper in individual sheets, a
spiral-bound pad, or a block. Blocks of watercolor paper eliminate the need to
stretch or tape down your paper.
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Pen, size S or F
Sakura Pigma Micron pen, sizes 005, 01, and/or larger
Fountain pen: Platinum Carbon Desk Pen with Platinum Carbon black ink cartridge
I recommend artist’s quality tube watercolor paints, squeezed into a palette and allowed to dry. Good brands are Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, and Holbein. Color selection is up to you. I generally tend to use the following colors, but they are not a requirement for the class:
Hansa Yellow Medium
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Raw Sienna and/or Yellow Ochre
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Winsor Red or Perylene Red
Shadow (American Journey)
Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine
Cobalt Teal Blue
Pthalo Blue or Marine Blue
Hooker’s Green or Sap Green
Earthen Green (American Journey)
Titanium White (occasionally)
Buff Titanium (Daniel Smith)
I use an old Winsor & Newton plastic palette that I’ve refilled with artist’s quality tube paints, but there are lots of other options available for empty plastic palettes that you can fill with your own color selections.
Or buy a prefilled travel palette. Here are some good options:
Winsor & Newton’s Artists’ Watercolor Compact Set (artist’s grade paints)
Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Watercolor Compact Set (student grade paints)
Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Pocket Plus set (student grade paints)
Koi Field Sketch Kit (student grade paints)
Van Gogh travel watercolor sets
Bring whatever size and type you like to work with, such as these options:
Watercolor brushes, synthetic or sable -
Rounds: #2, 4, 6, 8, 10
Travel brushes - Escoda Versatil (high quality synthetic)
Water brushes – Niji or Pentel (I don’t love them, but some people like using water
brushes for on-the-spot sketches.)
Small natural sponge with rough “holey” texture
Toothbrush (for spattering) OR
Spatter screen (or a piece of window screen)
Painter’s tape or artist’s tape (to mask off a border around your sketchbook page)
Water container and painting water
Camera for reference photos (or use your cell phone camera)
Water to drink
Lunch in an insulated lunch bag (or eat at a local restaurant)
Board to tape or staple watercolor paper to (if you are using loose sheets of paper)
Coroplast (corrugated sign plastic) board or drawing board (for lap desk)
Camp stool or chair
IMPORTANT: Casa Romantica requires us to use a drop cloth under our painting area. Bring a Dollar Store plastic tablecloth or something similar to put under your chair or stool.
Check out this blog post where I describe my current setup for sketching on location.
Get outside and learn tips on how to narrow down your focus and choose what to sketch. Leslie will share practical ways to confidently draw the subjects encountered at the Mission and Casa Romantica. You’ll also learn how to enhance your sketches with interesting page layouts, creative borders, and hand lettering styles that complement your images perfectly. So, join her in sunny southern California for plein air sketching during the beautiful clear, cool days of autumn.
Two full days of sketching at beautiful locations!
+ Lessons on how to make sketching on location easier and faster
+ Painting demos
+ One-on-one painting assistance from Leslie
= One fun, educational, and absolutely awesome painting workshop!
November 4, 2018
9:00 am - Meet at San Juan Capistrano Mission, 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 Directions and parking
Entrance fee - $10.00
Class will finish around 4:00 pm. The park closes at 5:00 pm.
November 5, 2018
9:00 am – Meet at Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
It will be a gardening day at the Casa, so we will be the only guests. We’ll have the place to ourselves! We have to be off the premises by 4:00 pm, so we’ll wrap up the class around 3:30 or so.
(See the note below about the drop cloth requirement at the Casa.)