metamorph materials list

 
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Required:

  • 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)
  • Pencil
  • Instant Coffee
  • 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

Recommended:

  • Cell phone with camera
  • Wax paper
  • 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
  • Paper bag
  • Construction paper (also called sugar paper in Europe)
  • Cardboard
  • 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
  • Twine
  • Awl
  • Chartpak blender pen
  • Acetone
  • Staedtler or Micron liner pens

Optional:

  • Calligraphy pens with nibs, basic set
  • Drawing board – 18×24
  • Easel
  • 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
  • Oil pastels
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paints
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scraps, like vintage linen, handkerchief, lace, etc.  Doesn’t have to be vintage!
  • Pottery tools
  • Tripod for your cell phone, these can be found at a reasonable price on Amazon
  • Gel pens in any and all colors
  • Palette knife
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper