I put this page together for those who are interested in buying supplies other than the sets that I sell. Art supplies are included in the price of classes and workshops.
All the supplies should be at the Art Emporium in the center of Needham. If not, there is www.dickblick.com with a store on Brookline Ave near Kenmore Square. It's like Christmas for an artist to visit the Dick Blick store. They have everything! Parking is free (most times during the year, but not on Red Sox game nights),in the parking lot behind the store. Just validate your ticket.
You can also take the green line in from Newton Riverside and get off at the Fenway stop. It’s right there. Make a day of it…walk to the museum from there too!
For All Mediums
The plastic used to ‘grid’ reference material can be bought at Staples It's overhead projector film. Buy the cheapest, about $14 for 100 sheets. While you're at Staples pick up an extra thin Sharpie marker, and Scotch removable tape (although this is sold only on Staples website). Also we use a selections of ‘H’ and ‘B’ sketch pencils for light and dark drawing.
Pen and Ink supplies
A small bottle of ink.
Higgins brand comes in a small neck bottle. I like it because if it
does spill it spills at a slower pace.I like it because if it does spill it spills at a slower pace. Make sure the ink is in a low heavy mug, like a soup mug. If it spills it will only spill into the mug. Once india ink gets in the carpet, there is no turning back! If you get non-waterproof india ink, watercolor cannot be applied afterwards or the ink will smire. Otherwise it is fine to use.
Speedball sells many size pens and nibs. The standard school nib is fine.
Erasers, a small kneaded eraser, and a Pink Pearl
We use Strathmore 300 bristol paper in the studio. Sketchbook paper is fine to but sometimes the ink ‘feathers’ out with the texture of the paper. Bristol is coated.
I buy either Cotman brand, a student grade of Windsor Newton watercolors. Small tubes are fine. A little goes a long way. The professional brand,
Winsor Newton, have more of a color ‘punch' but they are more expensive.
Reds: Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red Scarlet/Pale, Burnt Sienna
Yellows: Raw Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Pale,
Blues: Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine, and Cerulean Blue.
A cheap round plastic palette about $1 to $5.
Brushes: Round watercolor brushes, probably a size 6, 2. A step above the student
quality should be fine. Sometimes you can buy a group of different sizes in a package for less money. Make sure you don't buy a oil brushes. They are stiffer and are made to push heavier paint.
I buy 140lb. cold press. Arches watercolor paper for the studio. They can be bought in pads, blocks or sheets. Blocks can be fun. They keep the paper flat while working.
Once the painting is done a small knife will detach it from the block.
Craypas do come in a more expensive quality, but there is a big jump in quality once you try the Sennelier brand.
The students who use them can tell a big difference.
Nupastels is one brand, Rembrandt is another, Conte pencils are yet another option.
The Nupastels are the thin, square sticks. Rembrandts are more expensive, better colors, fat and hard to use in smaller areas. Conti pencils are pastel in a wood like a pencil. The Conti pencils are very popular, but a larger pencil sharpener is needed to frequently sharpen them. Ask your artist what type of pastel they prefer.
Hope this helps!