There are many different brands of acrylic paint. The most common ones are Liquitex, Golden, Winsor and Newton, Maimeri, Brera, Holbein, Van Gogh and Daler-Rowney.

These are the “heavy body” paints in tubes, not the liquid ones. Each brand usually has a “student quality”, cheaper but with less pigment content. Stay away from them if you can afford it.

The Colours
It is best to start with the primary colours and then add secondaries and tertiaries as you progress. A warm and a cool of each is a good start.
Blue: Ultramarine (warm) and Pthalocyanine (cool)
Cadmium red light (warm)
Napthol or Alizarin Crimson (bluish and cool)
Cadmium or Hansa Yellow Deep (warm)
Hansa Yellow Light (cool)
Secondaries and tertiaries
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
Cadmium Orange
Get a big tube or jar of Titanium White (you will use it a lot)
Acrylic glazing liquid
If you already have acrylic paints, bring what you have!

Synthetic brushes, which are relatively inexpensive compared to sables are best for acrylic painting since acrylics seem to eat brushes. Get a variety of flats and rounds of all sizes from #2 to # 12. The flats will be used for coverage and the rounds for finishing. In any case you will need a 1 inch flat; and a 1 _ inch nylon brush which can be purchased at the hardware store.

Painting Supports
Canvas or canvas boards, illustration board or watercolour paper in the 300 lb weight so you won’t have to do any stretching. You don’t have to start with anything over 16 x 20; nothing smaller than 12 x 16. Some drawing papers may help to test colors or you might use canvas paper.

Other Items
Water containers, rags for clean up, paper towels, palette knife or painting knife, disposable paper palette or tray to mix paint in (butcher tray or white plate works), cling wrap if you want to save paint, water spray bottle, old tooth brush, table easel if you have one, drawing pencil and eraser, small sketch pad.

Bring photographic reference material or sketches.
Any questions? Call Gordon at 250-956-3539. Don’t wear your best clothing! Unless washed immediately, acrylics on clothing are permanent.

Absolutely necessary--the desire to have fun!!

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