Painting & Sketching Materials and Equipment. suggested list for workshop events

Below are suggested materials: please be assured it is not necessary to have everything – just pick and choose what you think might be of interest and useful to you. We’ll be able to work with any combination of materials that you choose to bring.

Please note: I have stools, drawing boards, and easels available to hire if you do not have your own*

 Drawing and Sketching Materials

  • Drawing board*
  • Charcoal
  • Soft Pastels
  • Sketch book
  • Fixative or hairspray
  • Craft Knife
  • Plastic erasers
  • Black and white drawing ink
  • A3 paper: cartridge & watercolour
  • Pastel paper
  • Masking tape A sketchbook: hard-backed, A5 or A4 or thereabouts
  • Soft pencils and pencil sharpener or retractable craft knife

General Equipment

  • Folding stool*
  • Large fishing or golfing umbrella (preferably that can be clipped to easel)
  • Wetwipes
  • A digital camera or smartphone
  • Masking tape
  • Bulldog or drawing board clips or clamps
  • Hat, warm and waterproof clothing and good footwear: we’ll be outside much of the time!
  • Warm clothes
  • Plastic bags for rubbish
  • Thermos
  • Lunch if not ordering for delivery
  • Rucksack or comfortable bag for transporting everything
  • Travel easel, drawing board and stool. If you wish to bring your own easel a French easel or tripod and palette kit is ideal. *


Painting Equipment

  • Tins/jam jars, some with lids for transporting water or painting mediums
  • Palette knife
  • Empty bottle for transporting water or turps/white spirit
  • Palette with plenty of space for mixing paint
  • Any little pots/dishes – like old jam-jar lids – for pouring painting mediums into
  • Painting Mediums:
    1. Oils: an imapasto medium such as Oleopasto, a drying medium such as liquin or Roberson’s glaze medium
    2. Acrylics: an impasto medium, and a drying-retarder medium

Wet painting carrier

If you are painting with oil paints some method or plan to transport your wet paintings home and allow them to dry is vital! it can be a simple home-made idea.




Surfaces to paint on:

Ready-primed surfaces to paint on that fit your carrier: I use primed cardboard or MDF or hard-board, some prefer canvases, or canvas stretched and stapled over board. It is useful to also bring pads of primed paper (in which case you’ll need to bring a bard to tape it to!) in case you run out of panels or canvases. I would suggest you bring enough for at least 3 a day, and include a variety of sizes so that you have plenty for sketches and trial pieces.

Brushes: a reasonable range of sizes and shapes: no need to go mad! Some large, some small for final detail, some stiff some soft. If you are working in both oil and acrylic I would advise having a basic set for each.

Brush Carrier: anything to protect the business end: a tube with ends, a sushi rolling mat or canvas brush case

1x Classic Long Flat #8
1x Classic Filbert #2,
“ “ #6
1x Classic Short Flat #4
1x Ivory Rigger #2
1x Synthetic #2 – or short pointed for detail
1x Series 3099. Hog Bristle Flat Background 1

Paints – suggested colours:

I often take both acrylic and oil paints on a painting trip: the acrylic is great for under painting and allows me to build up oil glazes subsequently. Whether you are bringing oils, acrylics or both I would recommend the following selection of colours. Bring whatever make or quality is within your budget!

The lighter italic items are desirable but not essential

Titanium white: MORE than you think!
Naples yellow
Lemon yellow
Cadmium yellow
Yellow ochre
Raw sienna
Burnt sienna
Raw Umber
Burnt umber
Cadmium red
Alizarin crimson
Cerulean blue
Cobalt blue
Prussian blue
Oxide of chromium green
Viridian green
Paynes grey