One of the things I like best about Daniel Smith watercolors is that they rewet so nicely. You might think about having your students bring in a white dinner plate; you provide generous dabs of paint from nice big tubes that you buy (hopefully on sale!). That way students don't have to buy largish tubes in case they never pick up a brush again (we hope that won't be the case but...), they have a ready and useful palette that they can transport easily, and we all know that really good watercolor paint goes a loooooong way. Plus you don't have to haul and store multiple tubes. Have an extra plate or two on hand (Kathleen's suggestion of Corelle plates is a good idea, lightweight, they don't break, inexpensive so easy for you and them to haul). 

You are right, students bring the worst supplies, I am sympathetic to their pocketbooks, but uck. One of mine brought some horrid sketching paper and paint so bad we couldn't pull a decent amount of color no matter what. She was so discouraged; I loaned her my extra sketchbook and some paint and she was amazed. 


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On Sep 12, 2014, at 7:49 PM, Kathleen Garness <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Couple of things:

If I had to be limited to just three tubes, I'd go with a transparent light (almost lemon but most lemons are too chalky to me - maybe a Winsor?) yellow, a quinacridone rose (as close as you can get to a true clear magenta) and either a pthalo or ultramarine blue (depending on your subject matter). You can always add a touch of the magenta to warm up the yellow; the pthalo will be good for those velvety blacks; and you can always add the yellow to warm up the magenta to make a true red. (Hard to wipe back the pthalo though but it gives a nicer range of turquoises than ultramarine, don't you think?)

Have you tried the altoids tin hack for compactly carrying watercolor paints? (this only works with the tins that have a completely flat lid though) I get people to save them for me. : ) 

Take an altoids tin, mask off the edges of the outside with masking tape; scrub it up gently but evenly (on the inside only) with a brillo pad or steel wool; spray it with white appliance paint; let dry. Apply lines of white silicone caulk (the kind that hardens) to demarcate wells for the color (nine little rectangle shapes fit well but you can do more or fewer of course). You need two layers of the caulk. Let dry between layers. Use the lid for your palette. (You can also fit in the half pans but I'm not sure how many fit exactly.) This makes a great travel kit with one of those nidji waterbrushes.

What about a .5mm clickie pencil? White Corelle plate for a larger palette? Kneaded eraser? Two gallon zippies - one for the finished work, to protect it, and the other to to hold the rest? And a cloth bag with handles or a backpack? A cardboard sleeve with a couple of rubber bands to enclose and protect that precious brush? It's expensive to set up a watercolor set! 

You all know Daniel Smith is closing out of everything but their own line of paints for their online sales business, right? You might get some good deals on paper, though I've been really unhappy with the length of time it takes for them to get the goods to my house. Dick Blick is always less than a week for me.

Yes, specify that there will be a materials fee. Be fair to yourself and bill in a bit of extra time for your preparation of the supplies.

Good luck with your class! 

Kathy G

On Sep 12, 2014, at 5:39 PM, Linda Feltner wrote:

HI folks:
I've scratched my head over many seasons of how to provide quality watercolor supplies to a community college adult-education classes. The participants do not want to spend money on supplies, and I just can't accept the stuff they purchase Sprawl-mart. We do not have an art store. They do not think ahead or have time to order on line. Even if I request a specific product, they will try to bring substandard paper, which is not worthy of lining a bird cage.  So, I am thinking I shall purchase the materials and sell them directly to the student. There is a craft store (similar to a Michaels) in town and I won't shop there. 
Can you add any thoughts about the minimum materials?

This class is for two days only. Level: Beyond Basics. 

Brush: a #8 round, Silver Brush (Black Velvet series 3000) . I have been very impressed with this inexpensive brush, and use it frequently
Watercolor: Winsor & Newton, or Daniel Smith: one tube each of yellow, red, blue. 
Paper: I will tear full sheets of 140lb Fabriano Artistico into 8th sheets, they will need 8 pieces. (at least).

I'm trying to keep this to an absolute minimum cost, both for me (having to keep in on hand if it doesn't sell in class- or use it myself), and for them or they won't sign up. 

They will then bring the other materials, palette, board, tape, etc. 

Just wondering if this sparks any ideas. 
Have a wonderful weekend. 
Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538


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