This list of supplies is not meant to scare anyone. I’ve tried to be frugal knowing that many of you are on tight budgets and for those of you who aren’t yet sure if colored pencil will be a long term hobby worthy of a large investment.
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Please insure they are "Prismacolor Premier" rather than the other styles made by Prismacolor. Avoid Verithin, Col-Erase, Scholar, and Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.
additional, not included in the set of 72- PC936 Slate Grey, PC1005 Limepeel*, PC1026 Greyed Lavender, and PC1088 Muted Turquoise
Why the set of 72? I inventoried the colors I'd be using in this course and compared the cost of buying them open-stock or in the various sets. The cheapest option I was able to concoct was the set of 72 plus four extra. And those extra four? They're on my top ten list of pencils, well worth hunting them down. I use them for almost every project. If you purchase the set of 150, the extra four are included.
Note: Having a large set allows you the freedom to add or substitute colors based upon the needs of your projects. Having a good selection also makes it easier to match your unique background colors (everyone will paint slightly different colors based upon what products they use and how strong they apply the color). For an exact list of the pencils I use in the demonstrations, see the link below. This list could be purchased a'la carte but at greater expense than a standard Prismacolor set.
Can you use a different brand? Sure, but you'll have to do some research. I recommend wax based pencils for this class instead of oil based (meaning no Polychromos, Pablo, or Polycolor). You'll learn why I favor wax pencils in the course. Luminance pencils are awesome, I use them for my professional illustrations BUT there are large holes in the Luminance color palette which I end up filling with Prismacolors anyway.
If you do substitute a different brand pencil, you will need to find a color conversion chart and use it to find your own substitutions.
WARNING: please make sure it's an artist quality pencil! No Spectrum Noir, Prima, Crayola, Rose Art, Artist's Loft, Reeves, Sargent, Prang, Staedtler, Pro Art, or even Prismacolor Scholar. They will NOT work for this course.
*PC1005 Limepeel may be included in some sets of 72 depending upon when it was produced. It is not in older sets but newer sets have it.
- 20 lb office grade printer paper, white, any brand
- 110 lb office grade cardstock, white, any brand
- Bristol Board- Strathmore 300 Series. "Smooth" surface, 9x12" pad, 100lb
- Watercolor Paper- Fabriano Artistico Hot Press, 14olb/300gsm in Extra White
The Fabriano watercolor paper is pricey but I strongly feel that good paper is worth the investment. If you can not purchase the Fabriano, try Arches Hot Press (but know it is cream colored rather than white). Must be a watercolor paper and it must be "hot press". Pad or large sheets are fine, no need to spend extra money on the block version. We will cut this paper into 8x8” squares for projects from week four onward.
For students outside North America: I can't predict what's available at a reasonable price in your country and you may have excellent options not found in the US or Canada. Email me at email@example.com and I'll try to help in the search.
Watercolor or similar media:
There are a lot of options here and you likely already own something that will work!
I usually 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:
- Cretacolor AquaMonolith Pencils (I love these!!)
- Caran d'Ache Neocolor II water-soluable wax pastels
- Derwent Inktense Pencils or Blocks
- Ranger Distress Ink Pads (the minis are great!)
- Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box (the set of 24)
- Watercolor Pencils (Prismacolor and Albrecht Durer are top notch)
Please do not use watercolors from: Crayola, Prang, Artist's Loft, Reeves, Kuretaki Gansai Tambi, or Prima Watercolor Confections.
Have a watermedia product not listed here? Email me to see if it'll work at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colors: match the swatches the best you can, you don't have to be precise!
top row: Magenta, Cadmium Red or Scarlet, 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)
- artist’s watercolor paintbrush- round #6 or #8 (I love Black Velvet from Silver Brush Company, a nice pointy round)
- lightbox or window lightsource for tracing images to Bristol or watercolor paper
- soft dusting brush (I use the Mod Podge brush, hake brushes are great but some loose a lot of bristles)
- B or 2B graphite pencil (softer than a #2, sometimes called "extra soft". This is the brand I use in the video but any brand will do)
- white polymer erasers- I use two types, a brick style eraser (Pentel Hi-Polymer or Staedtler Mars Plastic) and a micro sized pen style eraser (Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, #2.3 round)
- black polymer eraser- brick style (Pentel Hi-Polymer or Factis), DO NOT use Papermate Black Pearl
- white Sticky Tack or Poster Putty (Scotch or Duck Brand, avoid dollar store or generic, no colored putty)
- Mr. Clean or similar Magic Eraser (all white, no scrubby side)
- Scotch Magic Tape
- 3/4" to 1" wide Drafting Tape (looks similar to masking tape but has less tack)
- Smooth drawing board or clipboard
- matte fixative/sealant (can wait on this purchase until late in the course, I use Grumbacher but Krylon is fine for beginners)
- microfiber cleaning cloth either dusting or eye glass type (can wait on this purchase until late in the course)