Material for Mountford Granary WC course
I'll mostly be demonstrating on an Arches gummed block (Aquarelle Arches, cold pressed 100% cotton, 300 GSM, 36 x
51 cm) - its the one with the green cover. A pad of the same paper or sheets you can cut down would be just as good.
I'll also be showing you traditional 19th century techniques and effects on an etching paper that I've found is perfect for
this. It is BFK Rives, 80 x 120 cms. One large sheet is not very expensive. If you halve the sheet three times it
cuts down to 8 very convenient pieces. You can ask your art supplier to do that for you or use our cutting table when you get here. Your art supplier should know this paper. Mountford has both papers to sell in case some people couldn't get any locally (see P.S.). You don't have to have this paper, but it will help if you do.
I use Winsor and Newton, artist's-quality water colours. The quality and result justifies the purchase price! I paint from tubes and I prepare my washes in economical, white Chinese dishes (soy sauce dishes actually!). My staple colours are:
- Cobalt blue, cerulean blue, Winsor Blue, indigo
- Yellow ochre, light red, raw umber, burnt umber, cadmium red
- Cadmium orange
- Lamp black, Payne's Grey
- Chinese white (used to "heighten with bodycolour")
The most essential will be yellow ochre, light red, cobalt blue and Payne's Grey. It would be good to have these in large
tubes. (Go on, spend some money on yourself!)
You will need a broad wash-brush like a hake, a sable round - the largest you've got - and preferably a hogs-hair fan
brush along with any other brushes you may think to put in (bring those favourites!)
I always have at least three generous water containers on the table and I'll show you the secret why when I see you.
(Jars are great but plastic Ice-cream containers don't break and you can use them to keep gear together in your suitcase.
Mountford has plenty of jars so don't carry glass ones with you)
"Invisible" magic-tape and/or masking tape, a pocket knife and/or cutter, pencil/s, a box of soft Kleenex tissues and, to
hurry things along, we'll lend you a hair dryer (for speeding the drying time of your colour studies).Please try to acquire
some small WHITE! soy sauce dishes to mix your washes. We have some to lend people but never as many as we need.
Finally, you may need a small painting board of some sort. If you haven't got one, an easy way to address this problem is to buy a primed, canvas painting board from your local art supplier - they're not very expensive and are light and easy to carry. Again, we can lend if you don't have one. (Two of these taped together make a perfect folio to carry and protect your paper and finished artworks.)
Please consider bringing everything in a portable fishing box or tool-box or whatever so you can easily keep your stuff together.
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