Suggested Supplies for the Workshop with Jan Hart
The following materials are recommended for this workshop. Of these, the paper, brushes and the paints with • are the most important and should at least get you started. I am including all of the paints in my palette, for your information and purchase guide. Please email me if you have questions about the materials – or anything else. I use a lot of Daniel Smith paints, which are marked with (DS) Jan Hart firstname.lastname@example.org. I know that it is sometimes difficult to be sure your paints will all get to the workshop – but sending them separately is NOT recommended at all for Costa Rica and carrying them with you doesn’t always work. I put my palette in a plastic bag in my checked luggage, along with brushes, paper, etc. And so far it has worked just fine.
- Small sketchbook, 5″x 7″ o.k. – For value studies, etc. Strathmore 70# or equivalent is fine.
- Drawing Pencil (HB suggested), Black colored pencil for value studies – I like Berol Prismacolor black pencils.
- Eraser (white Staedtler Mars or kneaded eraser)
- Watercolor Palette. Plastic, with lid preferred – i.e. I like the Cheap Joe’s Piggy Back palette. www.cheapjoes.com Watercolor Brushes. (1) 1 – size #6 or 8 round*, (2) size #12 or 14 round*, (3) wash brush – 1/2″ or 3/4″ , flat*. I do 90 % of my work with one of the flat wash brushes and love using the corners and edges for most of what I do. like the synthetic brushes by Daniel Smith that are inexpensive and I love even more the mixes – i. e Squirrel/Synthetic or the Sable mix brushes. Three brushes should do it all! I also like to have along a rigger….just because…..you never know when you really need a rigger..
2 – 3 full sheets (22″ x 30″) – 140# . Arches cold pressed & Fabriano Artistico are my current favorites. We’ll work initially on 1/4 sheets so you can cut the large sheets into 4 small ones or you can get a watercolor block (10″ x 14″ ok) I recommend cold pressed blocks. If you bring a watercolor block you do not need to bring a drawing board. I sometimes take a block to paint on when I travel but I prefer paper sheets that I can tape down. Not sure why – but they seem to work better.
Daniel Smith, Winsor Newton and Graham paints are especially good brands to choose from – and I use many Daniel Smith watercolors for their overall quality. I may have some of my favorites with me to show/possibly sell.
I will be discussing pigments and their characteristics throughout the workshop, which is the basis for my book, The Watercolor Artist’s Guide to Exceptional Color. You can find a copy of my color wheel in the book or click here to view an online version (that isn’t as crisp as I’d like) Those pigments with (DS) are Daniel Smith paints. Those marked with * are specialty pigments – i.e. interesting sedimentation, incredible color, etc. and my absolute favorites. As part of the workshop, we’ll be using and talking about my Color Wheel, which includes these 12 pigment color families. It’ll be great if you have one paint from each ‘family’ number – and you probably already do! In the Magenta and Red Violet categories you will see more than one with a * because they each are very different and I use them all. I have added comments to the paint suggestions based upon my preferences.
You can download a copy of this color wheel through my Online Store Freebies – click here.
- Cobalt Violet (DS) • Sedimentary and transparent
- Lunar Black (DS) Sedimentary, non staining – with fantastic gran.
- Manganese Violet (DS) Sedimentary, non-staining, nice granulation. No longer available but I love it still…..
- Napthamide Maroon (DS) * permanent, wine purple – wonderful in trees…but pretty darkly neutral….
- Nickel Azo Yellow (DS) perm, staining, intense – surprise reactions, too
- Rose Madder Genuine (Winsor Newton) * transparent, non-staining (and a lot prettier than the DS Rose Madder Genuine)
- Ultramarine Turquoise (DS) • permanent, staining
- Quinacridone Gold (DS) or Raw Sienna • Semi-transparent
- Quinacridone Sienna hot red-orange, permanent, transparent
- Zoisite Genuine (DS) amazing sedimentation with pale gray-green undertone
- Wood board or Gator Board to attach paper to. This should be slightly larger than your paper size. i.e. a quarter sheet of watercolor paper measures 11″ x 15″. The board could be 12″ x 16″. Or a watercolor block and forget the need for a board. I am enjoying painting on Aquaboards, too – in case you might want to try that out!
- Drafting tape or masking tape and Paper Towels. Please do not bring the blue tape….it interferes with our eyes when we evaluate… Be aware that no tape or paper feels the same in Costa Rica as it does where you live – but it works.
- Water containers Collapsible ones are terrific.