Nancy Medina's Workshop Supply List

Oil Painting Supply List

The oil colors I use change from time to time, as I try out new techniques and colors. I encourage my students to use good quality, artist quality paint, and save your pennies on your brushes and canvases. Email me at nancy@nancymedina.com or feel free to give me a call if you have any questions - I'm happy to help! Students traveling together are welcome to share paints to save on expenses. I want to be absolutely sure you enjoy your workshop experience, and have no worries or frustrations related to your supplies. I purchase all of my supplies online to get the BEST prices. Also bring bags for trash, a standing or tabletop easel, towels and canvas. See below for more details.

Oil Paints:

I recommend Artist quality oil paints and you can find them all in my shop - Dick Blick Shop - CLICK HERE.  There are 2 lists here, one is required colors (many of these you may already have), one list is recommended. Many of the required colors here are in most oil painters' supplies already, and are not required in a certain brand. I do also allow water based oil paints, as well as acrylics to be used in my classes. If you are traveling with a friend, sharing colors the first workshop is a great way to save money. The color brands listed below are recommended but not required. However, the first 3 colors listed here should be purchased as the exact brands listed. 

Please buy these first 3 colors of oils in these brands

Sap Green - Rembrandt
Transparent Oxide Yellow (Rembrandt)
Ultramarine Blue Deep (Rembrandt)

Also, bring in any good artist quality brand:
Cobalt Blue Light (Rembrandt)
Cadmium Yellow Light
Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose
Winsor Violet/Dioxazine Purple
Viridian
Titanium White
Cadmium Red Light
Transparent Oxide Red
Indian Yellow by Winsor & Newton
Richeson Shiva Series - Ice blue
Indigo or Payne's Gray (any brand)

These are optional, extra funky fun colors:
Transparent Orange by Gamblin
Caribbean Blue by Old Holland
Magenta by Winsor & Newton
Brilliant Yellow Light by Richeson Shiva Series (or Naples Yellow Light) Transparent Red Medium by Rembrandt

Canvas:

16X16, 14X14, OR 11X14 canvas or similar sizes are fine - one for EACH DAY of class
Your favorite Cotton Canvas or panel. (Treat your cotton canvas in advance with 2 layers of thinly applied acrylic white gesso. Let dry between coats.) There is no need to tint your canvas ahead of time. A white surface is fine.

Brushes:

My favorite brush is about $2 - it is the ¾ inch wide flat Royal Soft Grip SG 700
Order about four of these (they are not expensive but PLEASE BE AWARE you must use Turpenoid brand solvent with these brushes (or Gamsol or Mona Lisa) -purchase brushes HERE   Solvents such as "Odorless Mineral spirits", turpentine, and other cheap solvent substitutes will remove the glue in the ferrell of your brushes, and are also bad for your lungs.
I also occasionally use a Royal Sabletek by Langnickel L95010 Number 14 Bright - purchase HERE. You may also bring any of your favorite brands of brushes in large and small sizes. Avoid hog bristle brushes which are very stiff.
A liner or rigger brush in your favorite brand - any brand of liner brush will be fine.
Also bring a small bottle of baby oil, to condition your brushes each evening after class.
 

PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING A CONTAINER FOR YOUR MEDIUM AND SOLVENT WITH LIDS

Mediums and Solvent: 

Use only odorless mediums - NOT Liquin please
I recommend: Chroma Brand Archival Lean Medium - purchase HERE
*Solvent – Use only odorless solvent, Gamsol, Turpenoid or Mona Lisa.
No "Turpenoid Natural" or "odorless mineral spirits" or turpentine, which tend to have strong odors can be toxic in a classroom space. Also great, is Zest-It - click here to purchase
 

Also bring:

Standing or table top easel
Paper towels
Bag for trash
Paper palette (Richeson Grey Matters Paper Palette 16X20 size) - purchase Here
Palette knife
Kemper wipe-out tool purchase Here

There are 2 lists, one required, one is only recommended. You may already have many of these items.

 

 

Acrylic Supply List

For my students working in Acrylics, please see tips below on the best way to use Acrylics in a manner that is similar to oils. If you're just starting with acrylics, size 2 fl. oz tubes (or thereabouts) are fine. I like heavy body acrylics - click here, and the open acrylics will also work well. You only need small tubes to start with. Be sure to bring a fine mister spray bottle with you for your water as well as a wet palette with the sponge and acrylic palette paper inserts. Here is my Dick Blick Shop of favorite Acrylic Colors - click here. Read the instructions on how to prep your palette in advance of class, I recommend preparing your wet palette (click here) the evening before. Also bring towels (I use an old bath towel or rags), bags for trash, and a standing or tabletop easel. I use only a fine mist of spray water for my medium. If you'd like to use a medium to extend your acrylics, I recommend Acrylic Glazing Medium (Satin) by Golden.

Acrylic Paints:

Palette:
Indian Yellow Hue
Viridian Green Hue
C.P. Cadmium Yellow Light
Alizarin Crimson Hue
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Green Gold
Neutral Gray N8 (Golden)
Ultramarine Blue (can also substitute for cobalt blue light)
Dioxazine Violet
Quinacridone Magenta or Brilliant Magenta
Quinacridone Red or Quinacridone Rose
Pyrrole Red Light
Titanium White
Payne's Gray
Sap Green
Cobalt Turquoise or Manganese Blue
Transparent Red Iron Oxide
Transparent Pyrrole Orange
Titanium buff or naples yellow hue + white

Extra (optional/funky/fun) colors:
Sennelier Light Turquoise
and ANY of your favorite colors in Golden fluid acrylics

Canvas:

16X16, 14X14, OR 11X14 canvas or similar sizes are fine- one for EACH DAY of class
Your favorite Cotton Canvas or panel. (Treat your cotton canvas in advance with 2 layers of thinly applied acrylic white gesso. Let dry between coats.) There is no need to tint your canvas ahead of time. A white surface is fine. (A helpful hint for cotton canvas, spray wet the back of the canvas slightly prior to painting.)

Also bring:

A wetting spray bottle (fine mist is best)
A wetting palette and paper that keeps your palette surface moist (click here for my favorites)

Brushes:

My favorite brush is about $2 - it is the ¾ inch wide flat Royal Soft Grip SG 700
Order about four of these (they are not expensive) -purchase brushes HERE  

Also bring a few cheap, small round sponges. You can find these in craft and art stores.

Helpful hints: I use mostly Golden Artist Colors, but any professional brand of acrylic paint is fine to use in my classes. I do not use any extenders or mediums, just a fine spray bottle of water (with the exception of a gloss medium at the end to varnish the dry painting).