Materials List

Please find the list of all the materials required for the entire 10 weeks of the workshop. In the weekly email I will include a list of the materials required for that week’s topics so that you can have those materials ready for each session.

There are two lists, one of essential items, another of additional items. The additional items are extras for the sessions. If you already have them you may find they are useful extras, and if you do not already own these things, it is not necessary go out and buy new.

The list of essential items.  In this list I will sometimes have given an alternative option. Where this is offered either option will be fine. 

Places to buy materials online in the UK:

Essential Items: The Basics.

An apron or old shirt to protect your clothing.

Cheap A4 Cartridge or drawing paper and an A4 or larger sketchbook for exercises and journaling.

2 x 12 in square wood panels.  There are a few options here. You can buy plywood cut to size from your local hardware store.  The size may not be 100% accurate, so if you want to frame afterwards I would recommend the more expensive alternative.

Thickness: 3/16, ¼ or 3/8th Inch. Wooden painting panels are available from art stores.

If you buy from an art store I recommend buying unprimed and gesso the panels yourself.

These are a good and more expensive option.

One larger substrate which can be canvas, wooden panel or paper. At least 20x20inches.

Gesso.  We will be using white gesso to prime the panels first. Gesso both sides of the thin panels.

Gloss Medium for finishing. PVA glue or similar for collage.

Tracing paper or baking parchment for your palette.

Palette a 12x16inch (approx.) cheap plastic food tray

Water bucket and rags/paper towel for wiping brushes etc.

Acrylic Paint and Brushes

Acrylic paint comes in various forms from liquid (high flow or ink) through to heavy body which is similar in texture to oil paint. I recommend that you buy student quality for these first experiments. System 3 or similar is of good enough quality and the right viscosity.  Heavy body is also fine. 

Do not buy the liquid or high flow paints as they are too thin. 

Essential Colours of paint are:

White, Black, Cadmium Red Deep. Yellow Ochre.

Here are some suggestions for other colours of acrylic paint you might like to include. 

Any of the colours below, these are not essential .

Lemon yellow, Pthalo Blue, Hookers Green, Cadmium Orange, Indigo, Pthalo green, Cerulean, Dioxazine Purple, Quincridone/nickel Azo Gold, Burnt or Raw Umber, Leaf Green.


A selection of 2 or 3 brushes for use with acrylic paint including flat and round and one or two larger brushes.  I suggest that the majority of your brushes are at least a 1 inch brush. You will also need another  1 or 2 much bigger brushes for the scaling up section of the course. At least 2.5 inches.

Optional Items

Drawing items for mark making:

Oil pastels in a selection of colours

Pencil crayons  and graphite pencils.

Wallpaper scraper/ putty knives

Paint guide for straight lines.

Palette knives

Assorted sandpaper various grades.

Ink rollers

Matt medium

Scrapbooking or bought in collage paper.


Corks, old rubbers, cotton reels. Objects that you can use to print simple patterns with.

Paint pens, gel pens, drawing pens in a variety of colours.

Old plastic store cards.

The full list of materials is available to download below as a PDF file.