Materials & More
one 16”x20” gesso board, (supplied, with extra gesso added for texture)
additional gesso board or canvas, same size or smaller (optional)
brushes: 1” flat, 1/4”flat or filbert (long handled) small (size 1 or 2) round (can be long or short handled)
palette knife, about 3” in length (can be smaller, 2” is OK)
about 4-5 colors of heavy-body (tube) acrylic paint (some colors will be brought for participants’ use)
apron and/or protective gloves, if desired
Lawrence will bring some cardboard and “found objects” for demo/experimentation
Materials I use*
Mastreson Sta-Wet Palette
Since I paint in acrylics, I used disposable paper palettes for many years. Then, only a couple of years ago, I tried the Masterson Sta-Wet palette system. It uses a rectangular plastic container in which are a thin sponge and special paper. To prepare the system, you must soak the paper in very hot water and then place it on top of the wet sponge. The paper allows moisture to wick through from the sponge layer to the top, so your palette surface is always just moist enough to keep your acrylics from drying out. Eventually, the paper will become clogged with paint or just so messy that you want a fresh start. You can then easily wash out and reuse the sponge, and prepare another piece of paper and you’re good to go. But to keep the system working, you need to remember to put the lid on the container when you’ll be away for more than a couple of hours. When you return, your paint will be as fresh as the moment it came out of the tube. I didn’t waste much paint when I used disposable paper palettes, but I waste even less now. (I have no relationship to Masterson, and I do not receive any kind of fee or compensation from Amazon.)
Utrecht Acrylic Gesso - Click image to link
(I have no relationship to Utrecht, Dick Blick, or Ampersand other than that of a satisfied customer, and I receive nothing in exchange for this recommendation.)
Utrecht Acrylic Artists’ Colors
I have been using Utrecht materials for over a HALF A CENTURY!!! Don’t get the “Student Grade” paints. Like other cheaper artist products, they are inferior in almost all respects. Utrecht was recently purchased by Dick Blick, so you will see some cross-branding. One good thing about the purchase is that delivery times are much improved, and support is both thorough and timely.
That handy timer I used during the CASA demo. Sometimes, working more rapidly on a painting can force you to be more fearless and discover new possibilities, simply because you don’t have time to stick to your same old tricks. So give yourself a speed-painting exercise once in a while. Keep at it, and you may discover that even your normal painting routine will change. Click the image to check it out on Amazon. There are other time combinations availabl.
My Small Studio Setup
Here are some other wall mount easels.
and then there’s this
A better idea!
While perusing the Pinterest site and following some links, I noticed something missing: a wall mounted easel with rollers on top and bottom like you would find on a library ladder system. I think that if you bought a library ladder hardware system (there are several kinds) you could create a wall mounted system that will travel left or right with an easy push. I’d love to have that capability. Then, if someone would design a counterweighted or spring loaded lift system, the resulting easel would be INSANELY GREAT! Wanna start a business?