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Class Supplies: Acrylics: Beginning with Emmett McLaughlin

You will need:

Paint (Studio- or Student-grade)
  • Black (ivory or oxide)
  • Titanium White (largest tube available)
  • Yellow (cadmium light, azo, or hansa)
  • Napthol red (with the cheaper paints, I find that this is the most balanced red. Another option is cadmium red AND alizarin crimson [creating a balance between warm and cool tones])
  • Cobalt blue (or primary cyan. No pthalo blue)
  • Purple or violet (try to find one that is balanced between red and blue)

Do not buy “craft” (such as Apple Barrel brand) paint, it is too thin and the colors are not reliable. They are very cheap, and when it comes to paint, you get what you pay for. Most companies make two lines, Artists grade which are more expensive with a large range in price, and student-, or studio-grade which are more affordable and all the colors cost the same. The artists-grade is the best, but student- or studio-grade is fine for this class.

Acrylic Paint Brushes
  • 2 flats (or brights) and 2 rounds (one small and one large of each) any sizes between #8 and #20
  • 1 watercolor pad of at least 16″ x 20″
  • Or 3 to 6 large sheets of watercolor paper between 18″ x 24″ – 22 ” x 30″
  • Large, flat, smooth surface for mixing

Board for support

  • Masonite, luan ply-wood, or any smooth, durable surface – 18″ x 24″

Paper palette pads are good, or wood or plastic or ceramic. No plastic palettes with small wells, there’s not enough room.

Additional Supplies
  • Masking tape (Beige)
  • Palette knives: two palette knives in different shapes preferred (plastic is fine)
  • Spray bottle: small size for a fine mist preferred, household size is acceptable

Bring this list to the art store, they can be very helpful and often offer a 10% discount at some stores if you are a BC student as well. Also, all basic materials are available at the BC North campus bookstore at (425) 564-5711.

Acrylics: Beginning
Instructor: Emmett Paul McLaughlin

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