Here's a quick run down of the equipment and materials I will be using throughout the tutorials.
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Unless sketching or just messing around I like to use 300gsm/140lb paper or higher.
Here are my current favourite papers:
Baohong Professional - Gummed Block. 100% Cotton. Rough Grain 300gsm/140lb
Master’s Choice (by Baohong)- This is as good as identical to the paper above but it comes in a much wider range of gummed block sizes.
Canson Moulin Du Roy - 100% cotton, 300gsm. Gummed blocks, flip-pads and single sheets.
A small selection of Brushes – I often use only 3 brushes or less for a single painting, any others are just extras
Escoda Ultimo Mop - Size 18
Jackson’s Raven Mop - Size 0. (you could swap this for a larger round brush instead of a mop)
Winsor & Newton - Size 8 or 10 round, synthetic sable
I use almost exclusively Holbein & Daniel Smith colours. They both use a very simple set of high-quality ingredients.
Essential Core Group (a warm and cool of each primary):
Board & Masking tape – Used if you wish to stick single sheets down, as well as have a nice white border at the end of the painting (plus the fun of peeling off the tape of course!)
Any stiff wooden board will do. I have various sizes. This also allows you to work on an angle, either using a table easel or my preferred method of popping a paint box or a few books under the board for the desired angle (very technical).
These approaches are not necessary if you are using gummed blocks & pads as these can still be propped up to the desired angle.
Palette – I favour a simple aluminium foldout palette with 20 colour wells around the edge, one large mixing area and three smaller ones. Some people may want a larger palette for more colours and more mixing area. I also use the Clover Leaf Paintbox, particular for Plein Air, but a great general compact palette.
Shinhan also makes an excellent 24-colour plastic palette.
The Frank Herring Compact plastic palette is also a great little choice.
Kitchen towel and/or flannel or rags – For cleaning and dabbing brushes.
Large water pot – Some people like to use one for cleaning, one for painting. All personal preference.
Pencils – A small range of 2H, HB, 2B and 4B pencils generally covers everything needed. Although an HB & 2B would be plenty for most cases.
Obviously, any pencil will do the trick but I particularly like the ease and simplicity of a mechanical pencil with a range of leads. My favourite is a simple Nicpro 2.0mm Mechanical Pencil with a range of leads and a sharpener.
Eraser / Rubber – Any good rubber will do the trick. Some use a putty rubber but generally I find the classic Staedtler Mars Eraser works fine for my go to.
Bulldog & other clips – Not a necessity by any means, but I like having a range of bulldog clips and mini-clamps to hand for a whole range of uses – from securing pads and palettes to boards and tables, to keeping everything together and tidy when out and about painting.