Stencils, stamps, collage, etc, – for making interesting marks.  Each student will be making their own collage in a class exercise.  If you have a good collection of stamps and stencils - bring a few.   I will be teaching some painting exercises where they can utilized easily.

Medium cereal plastic bowls – white only - Prefer: HDPE plastic bowls at Dollar Tree stores – 3 cereal bowls for $1.00. These make beautiful paint skins and we will be using paint skins in some of our exercises.   These bowls are not always available but excellent when found. I will provide one package of 3 for each student. But you will want more, so stock up on them.(If I can find more of these bowls - I will bring to sell at my cost)   No colors other than white, please.  Styrofoam is a poor substitute for these bowls as the paint is absorbed easily and you don't get paint skins.

- Paper towels, scissors

Wear old clothing and disposable gloves.  Acrylic paint adheres to everything and does not wash out easily.  Worrying about your nails and clothing inhibits your creativity.  This can be a very fun and messy workshop.


Bring old acrylic or watercolor paintings that you no longer care for  – you must be willing to paint over these paintings – these make a great base to create new artwork.

I will demonstrate using the Pat Dews Atomizer – expensive but worth the price , rubber color shaper, watercolor crayons, etc. - if time permits

Black paint – Mars Black (any brand)

Metallic *craft gold and silver-   *craft store paints –  which are the 2 oz. or larger paints  (any brand) sold at  at Hobby Lobby (Anita's), JoAnn's, & Michael's.

PLEASE NOTE –It is NOT imperative that you buy the above paints but you will see the best results if you do so and you will benefit more from the knowledge in the workshop

Plastic squeeze bottles with spouts –  Sam's has some really good bottles but they are large -  Item  # 595530 – in restaurant supplies - with large openings for loading paint – but any container with/without spouts will work (although I prefer spouts for ease of use).   These are for storing and mixing your fluid paints.  Be sure the opening is large for filling with paint. Walmart, Big Lots and Sally Beauty Supply have similar but slightly smaller bottles in stock.

Brushes – your preference but suggest watercolor style brushes. 1/2”, 1”or 1-1/2” flat wash brush, #4-8 round brush, #2 line brush. Then bring your favorites. Be sure to have at least one 1/2" brush or larger.

Yupo, canvas or watercolor paper – your choice. We are limiting the maximum length to 30”

note: I will demonstrate only on yupo or canvas.  But feel free to bring panels, watercolor paper, etc. if you prefer  

Canvas – 1 1/2" thick gallery wrapped canvas is my favorite but any thickness is fine.  Maximum 30” (longest side) for daily exercises (I will demonstrate only on canvas or yupo) – 

Yupo – a minimum of 5 – 10 (max) full sheets (20x26") of lightweight yupo – for daily exercises.  I will have some extra yupo sheets available at my cost.

Watercolor paper – optional - your choice – at least 5 or more full sheets – any weight – but I prefer that you use yupo or canvas in this workshop.

Liquitex Pouring MediumDO NOT SUBSTITUTE - buy a minimum of ½ gallon but preferably one gallon –  NOTE:  If you buy the gallon size - be sure to put some or all of it into a smaller durable (not thin)  container (about Quart to 1/2 gallon size container)  before coming to class.  It is not easy to use directly out of the Liquitex gallon tub.  Again - DO NOT SUBSTITUTE the Liquitex Pouring Medium  – this will be mixed into all of your paints for fluidity and color extension.  You need a lot of it.  No other product works as well.  Yes, I know about Floetrol, Thin X and Golden Pouring Medium (etc) - this will be discussed in class.

Modeling Paste –  I will provide this for the class – but if you have it on hand, bring it for your own convenience

2 large spray bottles for spraying water & alcohol

Alcohol 70% is my preference - 90% can “burn” a hole in the paints at certain points of drying & should be used within limits.  I will provide 90% alcohol for some class exercises as it lifts paints more easily. 

Distilled Water (minimum of 1/2 gallon) or you can use tap water for mixing your paints.  If you have a partially open gallon bottle, bring it - distilled water is best for mixing quantities of paint vs. tap water.  Optional, tap water can contain chemicals that could cause the paints to spoil more easily.

1 pkg. plastic paint scrapers (found in tile department of Lowe’s, Walmart & Home Depot) - 3 sizes in a pkg.


NOTE: Artist and/or Student grade paints/hues- tubes/jars/liquid paints all work equally well in this workshop.

 One of the most popular exercises in my workshop is teaching my students how to mix their favorite paints.  You only need the basic palette of paints below to yield an unlimited palette of colors.  There is no need to buy or bring any other paints than these below.  If you have a favorite paint color you use frequently - bring it - I will show you how to mix it from the following paints.

Note: I buy most of my supplies through www.jerrysartarama.com and www.cheapjoes.com – be sure to order in advance (2-4 weeks) to get your supplies.​  

Be sure to buy one of each warm & cool colors (red, yellow & blue only) below: 


(I prefer Liquitex, Liquitex Basics and Golden tube paints – fluid paint works but tube paints are preferred and less expensive.  Don't buy craft paintsyou need to have acrylic paints that are based on pigments- look for the P (pigment) on the label.  Any questions, please feel free to contact me – 214 232 2914. (call or text)

Warm & cool red – (one of each)

Cad Red Medium Hue (warm)

Alizarin Crimson hue or Quinacridone Magenta ( cool)

NOTE: I prefer both alizarin crimson hue and quinacridone magenta (any brand) as they are very different cool reds. But be sure to bring at least one of the cool reds. 

Cad red light hue (any brand) is an optional warm red.  I will demonstrate how to mix this and many other colors - But if you like to paint in red a lot - it's a good idea to have it ready to use.

Cool & warm blue-  (one of each

Cerulean Blue

Ultramarine Blue

NOTE: best cerulean blue is Liquitex Brilliant Blue – do not substitute any other Cerulean blue for this – do not buy Liquitex Basics or Liquitex Cerulean Blue (both have been reformulated and have ultramarine blue in the formula)
Cool & warm yellow- (one of each

Cad Yellow Pale or Hansa Yellow Light (PY3) 

Diarylide Yellow  (PY83) or  Yellow orange azo   (note: look for these single pigments mentioned (py3 & py83)  in your yellow paints and you will get the right paints whatever the name is on the paint tube.

Dioxazine purple (any brand).  

Pthalo Blue (green) (any brand)

Pthalo Green (blue) (any brand)

Titanium white (any brand)