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Every Letter is a Jewel with Julie Wildman
February 1, 2, 3, 2022
Working in a 3" x 3" format, we will use a variety of mediums to create our little “jeweled” letters. These drawn and painted letters are sure to delight everyone!
- Any kind of pointed nib (N98, N120, or whatever you have) and a straight holder (H69)
- 1 fine point black marker like Pigma Micron in Size 01 (M17) or a Sharpie
- Pencil (PL38)
- A small-tipped embossing tool (S478)—or you can use the tip of a paint brush or penholder
- White gel pen (M61) (your favorite brand—could also have some colors if you prefer)
- White paint pen (Uni Posca is my favorite) in an extra fine, fine, or bullet tip
RESIST WRITING OPTIONS (You may choose one or both)
NOTE: The acrylic gesso option will give you the ability to write with both the Fineline and larger-tipped applicators. If you choose the gesso option, there is no need to buy the Golden High-Flow. Both the acrylic gesso and acrylic paint remain on the paper.
- Fineline Applicator (preferred size: 20 gauge/.5mm — blue tip) (S1035, S1035-S, S820, S820-S2)If you want to try some very delicate writing, you will want to use the Fineline Applicatorfilled with either the acrylic gesso mixture OR the Golden High-Flow Acrylic.
- 1 inexpensive applicator bottle with a pointed tip and cap (can only be filled with acrylic gesso mixture). If you’d like to try some heavier writing—something that gives about 1/8" or larger of a line—then you’ll want to buy the applicator bottle.
- Small bottle of Liquitex liquid acrylic gesso and a small bottle of Liquitex acrylic matte or gloss medium
- 1 small bottle (30 ml/1 oz.) of White Golden High-Flow Acrylic (I133, I136-S, and tip S936)
Masking fluid is another type of resist that you remove from the paper once it’s dry.
Masking Fluid (Pebeo is a good brand) (S198) either in an applicator or for use with your pointed nib. Applicator examples: Molotow Masking Pen (M144), Fineline Masquepen
INKS AND PAINTS
- Small bottle each of black sumi (I70) and walnut ink (S449 or I145), plus cups for ink
- Small bottle of distilled water (to dilute sumi if necessary)
- Jar of Dr. Martin’s or Winsor & Newton Bleedproof White (I38) or small tube of white gouache (SG27) and cup to mix
- 2-3 tubes or bottles of your favorite watercolors (WNWC1)
- 2-3 tubes of gouache (WNG1)
- One inexpensive flat (1/8") watercolor brush (Simply Simmons is a good brand)
- One inexpensive pointed watercolor brush (BR26; Size 1 or 2 will be fine)
- 6-well paint palette (S679)
- Metallic gold watercolor (e.g., Schmincke Horadam Gold, Daniel Smith Iridescent Gold, Finetec metallics, etc.) (HG641, HG644, S741, SG893-F)
- Metallic Schmincke Dry Gouache Sec or Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments (to sprinkle into wet media) (I139)
- 10-15 sheets of practice paper with some tooth, preferably 11" x 17" or 12" x 18"
Pacon Sulphite Medium Weight drawing paper (60lb) is good because it has a bit of texture. However, it only comes in 300 or 500 sheets. You don’t need that much for this class, so a drawing pad is another option. Strathmore Drawing 400 series (P100) is nice practice paper and takes ink well.
- 2 sheets of 22" x 30" Arches Text Wove (PS01 or PS01-FS) OR if you can’t get this, any hot press watercolor paper (PS42) is fine. You can try cold press (PS41), too.
- 1 sheet of 22" x 30" Arches Black Cover (PS90), or Artagain Black (P58), or Rives BFK Black OR Stonehenge Aqua Black Cold Press (P106).
Whichever black paper you choose has to hold up to gouache. You don’t want to use something too thin, like Canson Mi-Tientes, because it will buckle when you apply watercolor.
- A few of your favorite colored pencils (PL05 or PL28) or pastel pencils
- A few sheets of tracing paper (P112)
- White rubber eraser (E30) or kneaded eraser (E09)
- A black eraser (E08) is nice if you have it, but there is no need to purchase one if you don’t
- Roll of 1" drafting tape or masking tape (S412)
- Ruler (S270, S271)
- Water containers (S1005)
- Roll of paper towels (S817)