Large Newsprint pad – 18×24 if your space will allow
Black and white ink – waterproof if possible
Round paintbrushes, a variety of sizes from small to large
Acrylic paint – at least bright colors of red, blue, yellow, plus white, and black.
Art Journal – no spiral binding, and it needs to lay flat when open (I recommend SeaWhite A4 or A3 for those of you in Europe)
Graphite stick – water soluble. I use Pacific Arc brand
Canvas – can be canvas board or stretched. Any size – I recommend going as large as your space will allow.
Photographs of you – any age, type, or size. If possible, self portraits are very handy.
Ephemera (paper) imagery, text, or texture that moves you. Start gathering anything that captures your attention, imagination, emotions, and stimulates you in any way – this will be one of the most important things you will need for our time together. I highly recommend giving this thought and time. Magazines and books from thrift stores (charity shops in Europe) or flea markets are a great resource, and please photocopy anything that you do not want to alter. You cannot have too much of this
Spray bottle with water
Container for your paintbrushes and water (I use an old Mason jar, but anything will do as long as it’s robust)
Scissors or exacto knife
Gesso – white
Air dry clay, approx 32 oz – I use Das but anything works
Golden matte gel medium, at least 16 oz.
a minimum of 1 basic sewing needle and 1 embroidery needle
Thread in your favorite color(s)
1 ball of pearl cotton in a neutral color
1 wide brush or foam brush – 2 or 3 inches.
Photographs and documents of your ancestors – these will be altered, so please make photocopies or scan them and have spare prints made. If you do not have photographs of your ancestors, please consider finding imagery relating to your ethnic origins, a known place of origin, or a people or place you feel connected to.
Matches or a lighter
Aluminum baking pan, at least 2-3 inches deep and 8.5 x 11.
An old sponge or toothbrush
Moo Carve or Speedy Speedball Carve – rubber for stamp carving. Square erasers will work too.
Speedball linoleum cutters or similar
Cell phone with camera
Paint brushes of all sizes – if you are starting from scratch, flat brushes have always been my fave. A small, medium and large will serve you well.
Charcoal or soft pencil (4B-6B)
Water soluble pencils and color pencils or crayons
Construction paper (also called sugar paper in Europe)
Various types of paper: ledger, lined, watercolor, etc.
Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Tim Holtz Distress Ink sprays – your favorite color(s)
Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks – your favorite color(s)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink dropper bottle – your favorite color(s)
Tim Holtz Alcohol blending solution – OR rubbing alcohol
Gesso – black
Chartpak blender pen
Staedtler or Micron liner pens
Calligraphy pens with nibs, basic set
Drawing board – 18×24
Apron to keep your clothes clean
Baby wipes (for cleaning hands and wiping surfaces)
DSLR camera and tripod
Film camera, film, and tripod
Other colors of ink
Tim Holtz Distress Paints
Fabric scraps, like vintage linen, handkerchief, lace, etc. Doesn’t have to be vintage!
Tripod for your cell phone, these can be found at a reasonable price on Amazon