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Suggested Supplies

You may bring any Transparent or semi transparent paints.  You will most likely need a warm and cool of each primary color.  You should be able to complete successful paintings with just warm and cool primaries.  You will not need all the colors listed they are just a suggestion of colors that will work.  Bring your favorite transparent colors.  Bring either Watercolor or Acrylic there will not be time for both.  I will do most demos in Watercolor.

Yellow options:

Lemon Yellow - cool (this one is borderline transparent it leans more to the opaque side)

Hansa Yellow  - cool

Transparent Yellow - cool to warm depending on thickness of paint

Nickle Azo Yellow - cool to warm depending on thickness of paint

New Gamboge - Warm

Indian Yellow  - Warm

Quinacridone Gold - Warm

Orange options:

Transparent Pyrrole Orange

DS Permanent Orange

WN Winsor Orange (semi transparent)

Burnt Sienna or Transparent Oxide Red

Quinacridone burnt orange

Red Options:

Permanent Alizarin Crimson  - cool

Quinacridone Red -  cool

Quinacridone Rose - cool

Quinacridone Rose - Warm

Pyrrole red or pyrrole scarlet

Quinacridone coral - warmer than other quinacridone colors

Scarlet Lake - warm

Anthraquinoid Scarlet - warm

Winsor Red or Napthol red  - warm (semi transparent)

Violet Options:

Quinacridone Violet

Imperial Violet

Winsor Violet or Carbazol Violet

Please bring at least one reference you want to work from I will have some but you will be more invested in your painting if you bring something you are interested in.

Blue Options:

Cobalt blue - true blue not warm or cool

Phthalo or Winsor Blue  cool blue but the green shade is more cool than the red shade

Peacock blue - cool 

Ultramarine blue or French ultramarine - warm

Green Options:

Viridian  - cool

Phthalo greens or Winsor greens cool but the yellow shades will be warmer than the blue shade

DS Phthalo Yellow Green - warm

convenience greens such as sap, hookers, may green will be warmer but may or may not be transparent depending on company.  Check label.

You may bring a few favorite "jewel" colors that are opaque to apply in the final layer but they are not necessary.  My favorite "jewel" color is cobalt teal


Bring a variety of flats, rounds maybe a rigger.  Larger is better.  If you are doing watercolor look for brushes that hold water well.  

Acrylic painters will need to also bring Zinc White, and Titanium white,  Titan buff is nice and black. Gloss or Mat Medium or Gel medium gloss or mat and canvas or gesso coated watercolor paper Minimum canvas size 11 x 14.  You may also bring stencils or texture making items.


Professional Watercolor paper.  Arches, Saunders Waterford, Fabriano, or Fluid 100 are good choices. 

You will need 4 pieces your choice of size 1/4 sheet, 1/2 sheet or larger.   Nothing smaller than a 1/4 sheet.  

Misc. Items you might want:

Tape- ordinary masking tape, reference photos, value studies of your reference photos, Board to support paper, paper towels, water bowls, you might like having a small jar or bowl to mix a large wash in if you are working on bigger paper and a spray bottle. Pencils, Erasers, I prefer Moo erasers for watercolor paper.

Below are some examples of the types of things we will be doing in Big Bold Flowers.  If you are not fond of flowers but want to take the class look at some of the other examples that reflect the variety of things you can do with negative painting techniques and bring appropriate reference materials to complete at least 3 paintings.  The Bird, Skeleton and Rabbit are examples of acrylic negative painting.  

Note in the examples how each quadrant of the painting is different.  Also note how values are used.  For those who have problems knowing "what to do with the background"  this is an excellent exercise.

Some examples:

Flowers  5 Negative Blossoms
flowers negative 4whitecones-negative-ar
flowers 3 negative-painting-1-Linda-Kemp
flowers 2negative
light midground negative painting
fish - negative
park negative painting
negative portrait
negative bird
negative painting house
negative rabbit
negative skeleton

I regret I do not know the artist on many of these they are taken from the web to give you an idea of the variety of things you can do with negative painging in both watercolor and acrylic.

Many are done by Brenda Swensen and Linda Kemp who both teach workshops and have books on the subject.  

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