Here is a basic 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 and you don’t have many of the items, start with the basics and you can always get more as we go along.
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Below you'll find 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 from our product expert 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 article below isn't sponsored by any brand and all recommendations are based on my 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), but will also experiment with Pigma Brush pens in different colours.
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 oil 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 Faber-Castell, Kooh-i-noor and Prima - they are all very good quality. For water-soluble oil pastels my choice are Caran D'ache Neocolors II, Derwent Artbars and Gelatos from Faber-Castell.
Soft pastels - they can be in sticks or pads. I'm using Kooh-i-noor soft pastels and PanPastels from Colorfin. For those you will also need fixative in spray - feel free to choose the cheapest option.
Sprays and mists - we are going to use variety of sprays with many techniques. Starting from mists like my favourite Tattered Angels, Lindy's Stamp Gang and Ranger Dylusions to more opaque acrylic sprays from Talens, Liquitex and Seawhite. If you don't have any colours of mists in your collection try to choose a few of your favourites instead of those that go well together. One of the must haves is also white acrylic spray.
Liquid inks like Bombay and Ecoline will become your best friends. Make sure you got a black one.
Watercolour paints - in tubes or pans. . I recommend you investing in 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 - classic water-based ink pads loved by artists and crafters. I'm using mostly Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Black Soot and Wild Honey.
Permanent, waterproof ink pad - a black one is definitely a must-have. I like the most StazOn and Archival in JetBlack 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 and ColourArte Silks.
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 some time and will provide you better surface to work on. My favourites are Liquitex, Golden 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 I 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 I'm also using Prima 3D Matte Gel.
Beeswax in granules that we are going to melt with a heating gun. I recommend the one in natural colour - brand doesn't matter.
Glossy Accents and glues - Ranger Glossy Accents is one of my favourite adhesives, especially when I'm working on smaller pieces. For gluing papers gel medium (above) and good quality glue sticks (e.g. Ranger Collage Glue Stick, Scotch) are enough.
Iced enamels - one of my favourite Susan Lenart-Kazmer's products for mixed-media projects. I specially like Relique Powders that can add a lot of interest to works with their colours and unique texture. Start with two or three colours. For these powders you will also need Iced Enamels Medium and a heating gun.
Masking Fluid - currently I am using Liquid Masking fluid from Talens in grey colour, but any other brand will work just as well.
Pigments - we will be using Primary Elements powders in many different techniques. To start with I recommend you buying one set of three colours.
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.
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").
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 - small one and 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.
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.
Carving block and Cutters - we are going to carve our own stamps! I'm using a Speedball Speedy Carving block and a Speedball Lino Cutter blades attached to nib holders.
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 writting.
Sponges - we are going to use them with pastels, paints and other media. Currently I am using Soft Tools in few different sizes and common make-up sponges.
Small bottles with atomizers - e.g. Ranger Mini Mister, Mister, Stampendous Spray Splatter Applicator or any other available on Ebay.
Brayer - medium size soft rubber brayer. My favourite now are those from Ranger and Speedball.
Craft heating gun - if you don't have one you'll need it. For making drying process faster you can substitute it with hair dryer, but for some media (Beeswax, Iced Enamels) you will definitely need a heating tool. 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)
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 both 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)b get even a big one - don't limit yourself to small canvases at the beginning.