Specific Supply List for May:
- a photograph processed on photo paper, yes, the real deal. We will be altering the photo.
- fine grit sandpaper.
- felt tip marker or water soluble crayons.
- a pointy tool such as an awl.
- collage fodder. We will be placing the altered photograph on the collage surface, so look for a theme or complementary papers, or just let fate determine the outcome.
General Supply List for items that will be used most months:
- a journal with sturdy pages such as the Moleskine Sketchbook, a Strathmore Visual Journal, or any artist journal with thick, sturdy pages or watercolor paper. A journal with thin writing paper will not be able to sustain the weight we will be adding to some pages. I suggest a medium size journal such as 5×8, but any size journal will work.
- a pen that is comfortable in your hand and has a nice flow while writing. Some of my favorites include the Uniball Impact 207, the Copic Ink Pen, and the Sakura Gelly Roll. There are many satisfying pens available. Use what you enjoy.
- gesso, both white and clear. Both Liquitex and Winsor & Newton have clear gesso available. If you must choose between gessos, please select the clear and add the white to your supply list at a later date.
- a few fluid acrylic paints of your color choice.
- water tub, like an old, large yogurt container
- wax paper
- paper towels
- gel medium. My favorite is Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium, but any brand will do. ModgePodge will also do if you have some at home, but I would suggest replacing it with the gel medium when the ModgePodge is consumed.
- a discarded magazine or junk mail catalog (for applying gel medium, not for your journal)
- scissors, preferably comfortable in your hand
- various paint brushes. A cheap set will do with just a few various brush sizes similar to this. A wider brush will be used for applying gesso.
- a plastic card like a discarded credit or gift card.
- a paint palette (paper plate or scrap of wax paper will do).
Most of these supplies can be purchased with coupons at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Utrecht, Creative Coldsnow, or other local art supply stores. If you have trouble locating something, or have questions, please email me and I’ll be glad to help. No need to purchase something new if you have a like-item or substitute.