The supplies for this workshop are flexible and depend on personal preference. I’ll be sharing some new items with you that you may not have thought to try in your sketchbooks, but you don’t need to buy all of them before the class. San Clemente Art Supply will have many of them available to purchase if you decide you like them after seeing them in class.
Here are some general recommendations for what to bring:
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.
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Pen, size S or F
Sakura Pigma Micron pen, sizes 005, 01, and/or larger
Optional: I often use a fountain pen for sketching. The Platinum Carbon Desk
Pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and Extra-Fine nib is one of my favorites.
I prefer the Alvin (also labeled as Heritage or Mijello) 18-well watercolor palette for everyday use. For travel sketching, 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.
If you’re just starting out, you may want to 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
Winsor & Newton’s Painting Plus Travel Set (24 colors)
Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Pocket Plus set (student grade paints)
Koi Field Sketch Kit (student grade paints)
Koi Pocket Watercolor Field Sketch Box
Van Gogh travel watercolor sets
I recommend artist’s quality tube watercolor paints, squeezed into a palette and allowed to dry. Good brands are Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Holbein, and American Journey. Color selection is up to you. I generally tend to use the following colors, but they are not a requirement for the class. This list is just for your information.
Hansa Yellow Medium
Cadmium Yellow Light
Raw Sienna and/or Yellow Ochre
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Winsor Red or Daniel Smith Perylene Red
Shadow (American Journey – Cheap Joe’s)
Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine
Cobalt Teal Blue
Pthalo Blue or Marine Blue
Earthen Green (American Journey)
Watercolor brushes, synthetic or sable. Bring whatever size and type you like to work
with, such as these options:
Rounds: #2, 4, 6, 8, 10
Eberhard-Faber” Ebony” Pencil
Toothbrush (for spattering) OR
Spatter screen (or a piece of window screen)
Painter’s tape or artist’s tape, ¼” and 1” wide
Scotch Artist Tape for Curves
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Small spray bottle for water or paint
White colored pencil or watercolor pencil (You may wish to bring a colored pencil set, if
you already have one.)
If you have any of these items, please bring them along. If you don’t already have them, you may want to wait until after the demo to decide whether to buy them. That way you can judge whether it’s something you think you’ll use.
Washi decorative tape
ClearSnap Magic Stamps
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Elegant Writer Calligraphy Set
Joseph Gillot Art Pen Drawing Set (fountain pen)
Fine-Tec Gold & Silver watercolors
White gouache & watercolor paint
Dr. Ph Martin’s BleedProof White
Daler-Rowney Pro White opaque watercolor
Circle and ellipse templates
Plastic patterned stencils
C-Thru ruler with inches, centimeters, and centering line
Grafix All-Purpose Frisket Film
Grafix Dura-lar Wet Media Film
Toned paper, such as Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper or Stillman & Birn toned paper
Bring the following items to class to use as subjects for your sketch projects. We may not use them all, but this will give you some good possibilities for meaningful, personal sketchbook journal pages.
1. Something that makes you happy.
Think about something you’d like to sketch that makes you happy. It could be your morning cup of coffee or a warm chocolate chip cookie. Or how about your pet or a favorite pair of jeans? The ideas are endless! Bring the item or a photo of it.
2. Travel photos.
Pick a few of your favorite images from a vacation. You'll decide in class whether to feature just one on a page or do a composite of 3-5 images. It might be good to include a variety of subjects such as a landscape, a close-up of some detail you liked, a photo with people in it, etc.
3. Favorite room in your home
Bring a picture of your favorite room in your house, or just a corner of it. You might want to take several photos, then choose one in class. Print out the photos or bring them on a cell phone or tablet.
4. Favorite quote
Choose a favorite quote that inspires you, makes you laugh, or summarizes your philosophy of life. You’ll be hand-lettering it on a sketchbook page with painted borders.
5. Something that tells a story
This could be your childhood teddy bear or a picture of your first car, a family heirloom or a favorite book that’s been read so often it’s tattered and torn. Storytelling is what sketchbook journaling is all about, so for this project, you’ll tell the story of your special item.
6. Anything you would like to paint and journal about.
This one's up to you! I’d like you to bring the actual item, if possible, because drawing from life is a whole different experience than drawing from a photo. But if that’s not possible, bring some photos to sketch from.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the wonderful sketches you'll create with these items. Come with an open mind, ready to play, explore, and grow!
See you soon -
QUESTIONS? Contact Leslie Fehling at email@example.com
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A final word...
Come a few minutes early on the first day of the workshop, so you'll have time to get settled in before class begins. I have so much I want to share with you, and I'd like to get started on time at 9:00.
Explore tools and techniques that will take your sketchbook journaling to new levels of creativity. In this fun two-day workshop, you’ll learn creative ways to use supplies you already have on hand, and we’ll try out some new materials that just might earn a permanent spot in your sketch kit. I’ll show you techniques for creating borders and page layouts that will make your pages stand out, and, along the way, I’ll be sharing practical tips for making the process of sketchbook journaling easier and more efficient, so you can fit more sketching into your day. You’ll complete several sketchbook pages in class, but your favorite part of this workshop just might be the “Boo-Boo Bible”, an encyclopedia of techniques for fixing those pesky mistakes that are inevitable when we’re sketching and operating in right-brain mode. We all make them – now you’ll know how to handle them! Each student will receive a full-color spiral-bound handbook containing all the information presented in the workshop, making it a valuable reference for years to come. So, come and join me for the premiere of this brand-new workshop at San Clemente Art Supply!