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Over The Top 2018- Supplies

Wondering what to bring to the retreat? Here's your master list.

The art supplies closely mimic what we use in my Colored Pencil Plus course. Because many of you are flying to the retreat, I've tried to keep the list small and lightweight. Do not worry about paper, your coloring images are part of the class kit.

Provided on site:

  • Class kit-
    • 5 large line drawing images, ready to color
    • printed guides and learning aides
  • Tables
  • Drawing Boards
  • Mailing Tubes (for those who wish to mail their projects home instead of flying with them)
  • Assorted tools and supplies- both necessary items and fun things to try


Questions? Email me at


Colored Pencils:

Please bring your colored pencil collection or at least a full set* of one major brand.

Do not bring:

  • STUDENT GRADE PENCILS such as Crayola, Prismacolor Scholar, Crafter's Loft, Prima, or other low-pigment pencils.
  • INKTENSE OR WATERCOLOR PENCILS unless you intend to use them in lieu of watercolor paint. I don't recommend them because we're working large scale (14" square) but if you must, you must.
  • 800 sets of pencils, unless you enjoy carrying them all.


* The problem with colored pencil art is that you won't know what colors you need until you need them. Additionally, because we're focusing on coloring what you see, your pencil requirements will not be the same as anyone else's. This is why I recommend bringing a full set, so that you are prepared for any situation.

I will bring all of my pencils and we can use my colors to fill any gaps you might encounter BUT you won't have my pencils when you leave and that may compromise your ability to finish the project at home.


LUMINANCE USERS: You already realize how small a full set is and you are likely already supplementing your set with other pencils. Please bring more than just the Luminance set.

PRISMACOLOR USERS: Please insure they are "Prismacolor Premier" rather than the other styles made by Prismacolor. Avoid Verithin, Col-Erase, Scholar, and Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.

POLYCHROMOS USERS: Now is your time to shine! I usually do not recommend this brand for marker projects due to it's incompatibility with X-Press It Blending Card. We did not use Polys in Colored Pencil Plus because it's easier to teach a course with everyone using the same colors. Now is your chance to use and learn about your Polychromos pencils!


Please be sure to include:

There are a few colors that I use all the time on every project. Bring these colors or the closest equivalent-

  • PC901 Indigo Blue
  • PC931 Dark Purple
  • PC936 Slate Grey
  • PC1005 Limepeel
  • PC1026 Greyed Lavender
  • PC1088 Muted Turquoise

MUST BRING: PC938 White. Even if you're not working with Prismacolor, this pencil is essential. No other white works as well. Prismacolor White works with every brand and should be a part of everyone's collection

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Watercolor or similar media:

There are a lot of options and if you've taken Colored Pencil Plus, you already have products that work.

I use tube watercolor paints from M.Graham, Daniel Smith, and Winsor Newton but you don't have to rush out to purchase fine watercolors because they're simply a primer coat which sits below lots of colored pencil.

Other products which are excellent:

Please do not use watercolors from: Crayola, Prang, Artist's Loft, Reeves, Kuretaki Gansai Tambi, or Prima Watercolor Confections. These are terrible paints and their gritty texture (or plastic texture for Gansai Tambi) will complicate your colored pencil process.

Have a watermedia product not listed here? Email me to see if it'll work at

Colors: match the swatches the best you can, you don't have to be precise!

top row: Magenta (a true hot pink), Cadmium Red or Scarlet (a warm red), Gamboge (golden yellow), Medium Yellow (Hansa or Cadmium), Sap or Hooker's Green

bottom row: Cobalt Teal or Aqua, Cerulean or Cobalt Blue, Indigo or Prussian Blue, Violet, Purple (purple has more red in it than violet)


Miscellaneous Art Items:

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Digital Devices: (for art)

We will be working primarily from photo references, NOT project samples.

I will provide printed copies of each photo reference in the class kit but digital photos are always more accurate. Digital devices allow you to zoom in on small areas and the colors are truer than a print-out.

Tablets or iPads are preferable but a phone will work too. 

I work from a 12.9" iPad Pro but I've used a 10.5" and an iPad Mini in the past.

I will post a series of photographs to the OTT Facebook board about 1 week before the event. Please download them to your device for use at the retreat.


Food Supplies:

Meals, snacks, and basic beverages (water, coffee, tea, milk, juices) will be provided.

If you have special tastes or dietary needs, feel free to bring your own items to supplement or replace what you can not eat.

Note that we are limited to one standard residential refrigerator, you are one of 12 attendees, and most of the space will be taken up by the provided meals. Please do not bring excessive amounts of perishable food.

I have terrible taste in coffee and wine. If you want good stuff, you'd better bring it.

I haven't seen the coffee maker but it is definitely not a Keurig. I will provide filters.

Feel free to bring your favorite soda/pop, beer, wine, liquor & mixers.


Clothing & Personal Supplies:

Plan for cool but comfortable weather.

June is still considered spring in Northern Michigan! Expect temperatures in the low to mid 70s during the day and the 50s at night.  Layers are smart, especially for those coming from warmer climate areas.

Dress is casual, no dressy clothing required. Focus on comfort in both clothing and shoes.

Lake Michigan is not a warm lake! It is "refreshing" in August and will be downright cold during our June visit.

Bring your swimsuit but I imagine most people would prefer to wade rather than swim.

Bring a beach towel if you intend to swim or wade. Only bath towels on site and quantities are limited.

The beach is soft and sandy but there is often driftwood and debris, especially in the spring. Bring flip-flops or loose sandals, especially for the wooded path to the beach.

Bring all of your personal soaps, lotions, toiletries, and medicines.

Sunscreen is recommended if you intend to work on the deck or beach.

There are a limited number of washcloths available. Bring your own if you typically use many.

Bed linen, a blanket, and pillow are provided (you may bring your own if desired).

An extra blanket is encouraged if you frequently get chilled at night.

Cell phone coverage can be spotty. The in-house phone is local service only and requires a calling card for long-distance calls.



  • paper products (toilet paper, tissues)
  • bath towels
  • washer/dryer
  • coffee maker
  • basic bed linens + one pillow