materials

[Image: Zipporah Lomax]

Click on the video below to hear Flora explain what materials you will need in order to make the most of this class (click on the four arrow symbol next to the Vimeo logo to see it in full screen):

You can also check off the list below (please use this as your definitive guide as not everything is covered in Flora’s video) or download a PDF copy of the list here: Bloom True materials list

At least three pre-stretched pre-gessoed canvasses (no less than 24” x 24” but they can definitely be bigger – anything up to 48” x 48” if you have the space!)  Depending on how fast you paint, you might need to buy another canvas or two throughout the course, but these will get you started. If you find the canvases expensive, there are many other options you could try including heavy watercolor paper (something like a 300 lb. paper will work great), panels (such as pieces of masonite from the hardware store), over old paintings at thrift stores, or old doors.

At least 4 ounces of paint per color* (any shade) in red, yellow, blue, black, titanium white (heavy-bodied is best) plus any two colours you really love (preferably fluid acrylic for those) and one metallic color (copper or gold).

It would also be great if you could bring any shade of green, purple and orange (you can also mix these yourself if you prefer).  In addition, feel free to also bring any other colors you really love.

*Choose paint brands based on your budget (I prefer Golden brand, but they are the most expensive and not necessary for this course.  If you are able to buy a couple of Golden’s fluid acrylics, this will be very helpful – try a mix of heavy-bodied acrylics and fluid acrylics – I explain the difference in a short video which will be sent to you when you sign up). Depending on how much paint you use, you might need to purchase more paint throughout the course, but to start with you will need.

 Acrylic glazing medium/liquid (see here)

 5 bristle brushes for detailed work. Cheap ones are fine, just make sure you have at least one very pointed brush.

 10 foam brushes (wooden handled with the grey foam square from the paint section at a hardware store):  5 one-inch brushes and 5 two-inch brushes (the stiffer, the better)

 A variety of mark-making, etching and stamping tools such as old pencils, non-working pens, caps from bottles, bubble wrap, feathers, etc…No need to buy new things.  Just look around your house and be creative!

 Spray bottle for water (the bigger the better and make sure it works!)

 Big can or jar to put your water in

 A few rags

 Apron and/or comfy paint clothes (this is a pretty messy process!)

 Latex gloves if you don’t want paint on your hands…your choice.

 A palette to hold your paint – the bigger the better.  I use a piece of glass with a white piece of paper underneath so I can see the colors in their truest form.  You’ll want to tape the edges for safety if you use glass.  A large cookie sheet or a muffin tin from a thrift store will also work well, or you can use palette paper.

 Blank journal/sketchbook and a pen

 An open heart and mind!

Please gather your materials in advance of the class.  Please note the cost of materials is not included in the class fee.

[Image: Zipporah Lomax]