2017 Product Supply List

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Product List

Below you'll find a list of materials that we are going to use on our year long journey through mixed-media - Wanderlust. If you are at the beginning of your art adventure, your workshop is quite modest and you don't know much about products please keep in mind that you don't have to complete all of these supplies at once. Give yourself time to learn about products, watch the Wanderlust videos and then choose what you want to try. Though remember that Wanderlust is about trying new things so if there is something you were always afraid to use now it's the right time.

The product list below is a basic one. With these supplies you will be able to do most of the classes. Each Teacher though will have their own product list that will be published on the Community about a month before the lesson goes live and it may happen that it will include something that wasn’t mention on the below product list. Also products and tools used by our Product Expert - Jamie are not included here. Jamie’s videos though will be more of a presentation, not a project and they will give you information and knowledge that you will educate you so you can make informed purchasing decisions.

The article below isn't sponsored by any brand and all recommendations are based on our subjective opinions and experience.

Pens - a black one is the most important. We recommend you to get at least three different sizes of nibs and definitely add a brush pen to your collection. I'm using mostly black Sakura Pigma Micron 05, 03 and black Faber - Castell PITT artist pen in size F, M and B (brush).

White water-based paint marker - I prefer Sharpie and acrylic Montana pens. If you never tried one this is absolutely a must-have! You are going to love it.

Watercolour pencils and/or water-soluble pastels - Don't limit yourself to only few colours as you are going to use them a lot. They are versatile, good for traveling art journals and very easy to use. I use few sets of watercolour pencils from Daler Rowney, Faber-Castell, or Kooh-i-noor - they are all very good quality. For water-soluble oil pastels we are using Neocolors II or Portfolio.

Liquid inks like Bombay and Ecoline. Make sure you have got a black one and if you fancy experimenting choose two or three other colours.

Watercolour paints - in tubes or pans. I recommend you investing in a better quality watercolour paint and start with few basic colours like warm yellow, warm red, cool red (e.g. Alizarin Crimson), ultramarine, cobalt blue, sap green, burnt orange. Avoid the student grade paints in this case. My personal choice are Sennelier as I love their vibrant colours.

Distress Ink pads from Ranger. Please make sure that you have “Black soot”.
Permanent, waterproof ink pad - a black one is definitely a must-have. The most I like StazOn and Archival in Jet Black colour.

Acrylic paints - heavy body (Golden, Senellier Abstract, Liquitex, Daler Rowney System 3) and fluid ones (Golden Fluid,...). Both non-toxic as we are going to paint with our fingers from time to time. It's good to have a few colours of each type as it gives you more opportunities and they are very different, but if you want to choose only one type I would go for heavy body - they are essential for my Wanderlust classes. We are also going to play with some other kinds of acrylic paints like PaperArtsy FrescoFinish.

Gesso - white is the most important but I'm sure you will also find a clear and a black one very useful. Try to choose better quality gesso as it won't turn yellow after time and will provide you better surface to work on. My favourites are Liquitex, Golden, Daler Rowney and Prima from Finnabair's ArtBasic line.

Modeling paste - to start with choose a white, thick and quick drying one. My first choice is modeling paste from Liquitex, but we also recommend Golden and Amsterdam from Talens.

Gel Medium - if you don't have any choose a soft one (thinner) at the beginning. It works perfect as a adhesive and medium to transfer techniques. I'm using mostly Soft Matte Gel from Prima ArtBasic line, but any other brand will also work just as well. To add some texture we are also using Prima 3D Matte Gel.

Air-dry clay - get yourself one pack (mostly 500g) of air-dry clay so you can join us on our sculpture adventures.

Glues - For gluing papers gel medium (mentioned above) and good quality glue sticks (e.g. Ranger Collage Glue Stick, Scotch) are enough.

Tools

Scissors - sharp and with a comfortable handle - that's all you need :)

Paint brushes - if possible try to invest in better quality brushes. Their bristle won't change and they won't stay .... on your work. Buy the best you can afford, you won’t regret that.

A perfect starting kit would be: one round big nylon brush (my favourites are Pro Arte Polar 14 and Kozlowski 18), at least two flat soft synthetic brushes in different sizes (e.g. Ranger Artist Brushes, Gold Line Crea-time), one bigger hog-style paint brush with stiff bristles for heavy body acrylics (Pro Arte Studio Hog 12, Dina Wakley paint brush 1"). I also always have one really cheap bigger brush for my glue and gel medium. If I accidentally forget about washing it and the glue dries then I don’t have to worry that I wasted my best, expensive brush.

Palette Knifes - metal palette knifes are my favourite, but to start with you can try cheaper plastic ones. You will need at least two different sizes - a small one and a medium.

Silicone brushes - e.g. Catalyst Blade Tools. It isn't a must-have but I'm sure once you'll try it you are going to love it. Perfect for smooth coats of gesso, mediums and paints. My favourite is Catalyst Mini Blade Tool 04 and 01.

Distressing tools - e.g. Prima, Tim Holtz Craft Scratcher - you may find them useful for some projects, but you can also get away with a knife or scissors if you are careful.

Wedge tools - you can invest in Princeton Catalyst Wedge Tools which I personally recommend, but you can also look for other kinds of combs or even try to make your own.

Pen nibs in nib holders (mostly sold separately) to use with drawing ink (mentioned above). To start with choose two or three traditional nibs for writing.

Small bottle with atomizers - One is enough. e.g. Ranger Mini Mister, Mister, Stampendous Spray Splatter Applicator or any other available on Ebay just for spraying water.

Brayer - medium size soft rubber brayer. My favourite now are those from Ranger and Speedball.

Craft heating gun - For making drying process faster you can substitute it with a hair dryer. Heating gun makes it faster though. It’s hotter and doesn’t blow away as much. I'm using a Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, but any other will be fine as well (e.g. American Crafts Zap embossing heat gun, Martha Stewart Crafts heat tool, Dovecraft Pink Heat Tool)

Gelatin printing plate - There are a few brand available but my all time favourite is Gelli Plate. Get yourself one in any size you want, we will have a lot (!) of fun with it.

Stamps and stencils - a few background stamps and stencils will add interest to our art journals and other mixed-media projects. Simply choose your favourites. :) Don't worry about acrylics blocks for stamps, or if they are mounted or not - it won't be an issue on my classes.

Journals - prepare a journal that you are going to work in. Of course it can be more than one. Make sure the paper is matte and thick enough (I recommend at least 190g/m2). My favourites are Dylusions Creative Journal in all sizes and Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal in 9" x 12" size. I also keep a sketchbook for ideas and quick drawings - a Hand book journal (Large Landscape size) and few recycled books that I will show on my videos.

Canvases and canvas boards - me and many of our teachers will work on canvases. Start with medium size (30x40cm) or get a bigger one - don't limit yourself to small canvases at the beginning.
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