"Do not quench your inspiration and imagination." Vincent van Gogh
Text and Textures; Canvas & Papers: Materials List
Materials Fee: $15
Besides your normal calligraphy supplies, you’ll need to make sure you have:
Acrylic paint - Golden Fluid or High Flow acrylic (class supplies will be provided)
Brushes "Simply Simmons, 3/4" to 1 1/2"(see below)
Paint palette (a 8"x 10" piece of glass works well)
I’d suggest an "automatic" type pen (size 4, 5, or 6).
Your favorite ruling pen
Water jar to rinse pens or brushes
Ruler and triangle for layout (if you can manage a 3' or 4' straight edge, it will help greatly)
Please feel free to compare notes with your classmates on supplies … many of these materials you may already have, but share the costs and supplies (such as tracing paper and acrylic paint colors) wherever you can. For clarification on some of these products, call Paper & Ink Arts @ 800-736-7772, or your local art store. In San Diego, contact Rhino Art Co. @ (858) 792-7449. They have my materials list.
A Note about Content:
For the Canvas Painting Class: In this class, we will be dealing with subject matter. For me, one of the most important and rewarding parts of these paintings is the research and discovery. What you’ll need to do is pick a subject or a focus and collect quotes, thoughts and text. It is advisable to have a few sources on your subject, or a number of texts from an author. You’ll need long text (this will form the texture) as well as shorter text and one liners. You may not use all you select, but it is good to have the selection. Either make photocopies from your source (for the long texts) or write them on 3 X 5 cards for easier reference. There are a variety of quote sources online, and it is easy to copy and past quotes into one document if you work better that way. Collect pictures or images that you may want to incorporate. Photocopies and note cards are easier to transport than books! Click here for an example.
With all other classes (even the experimental ones) having text to write is helpful. I would suggest that you pick a subject that is important to you personally. Make this project just for you…that way it will have more meaning. If you want to pick a subject that is for someone else, make sure that you have access to that person so that you can find out the "hows and whys" of what the subject means to them. This way, you’ll be able to interpret, emphasize, and personalize the artwork towards the proper meaning.
Acrylic paint either Fluid or High Flow paints from Golden are the best for our purposes. I will bring a variety for class use, but feel free to bring your own. If you already have tube acrylics, those are just fine.
Acrylic Ink: FW Acrylic Artist’s Ink.
Brushes: Get brushes for acrylic as opposed to those designed primarily for oil paint (some excellent, inexpensive brushes are "Simply Simmons" - they run about $5- they have a short white handle and a sable colored synthetic bristle).