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Abstracting Still Life with Acrylic Supply List

This kit of supplies is available for purchase here, and can be shipped for a fee, or picked up curbside. The kit includes the underlined items. Please indicate in the notes section of your order if you would like to schedule curbside pick-up, or if you need your kit mailed to you. Please contact us at if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.

This is such an opportunity with our on-line setting for students to use their personal objects for intimate still life creations.  I am so excited to use treasures of time to express abstractly each student’s story.  Class allows time to create a personal reaction with color, line, shape and texture.  Bolstered by the principles and elements of design to demystify and reinvent the still life.

A computer is essential.  Having the larger screen makes seeing the class easier.  You can use tablets and /or your phone however the images will be smaller.  It will help you to have your computer up on a few books or a box to keep it out of the paints an to bring it to your eye level instead of down like you would normally be typing with it.


Fluids:  Primary Yellow, Primary Magenta, Primary Cyan and Titanium White

Tube paint:  Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red light, Teal, Diarylide Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Zinc White, Carbon Black


Matte medium 8 fluid oz.

Glazing medium 8 oz.

Small container of white gesso 4 fluid oz.


A graphite pencil

Eraser (I like Factis Artist Eraser)

Pencil sharpener

Water-soluble graphite 2B and or 6B I like the larger ones that look like first grade pencils or the ones that are thinner are great too

A sketchbook that is around 8.5” x 11”.  You can use a stack of paper or spiral sketchbook.  The sketchbook does not have to be new.  I like to start from the back and move towards center for used sketch books



Metal or plastic ruler 12 or 18 inch

A rubber scraper (Bondo is the brand I buy at hardware stores( Lowes) they come in pacts of 3, or a credit card

Small Spritzer for H2O and one for rubbing alcohol


Frog tape, yellow or green works the best, 1 inch or near that size, do not buy the cheapest dark blue from Lowes or Home Depot.  It will not stick to anything

Palette:  Gray palette paper or white freezer paper cut into 18” x 12”.  Tape to area you are painting.  I am trying out the Masterson Sta-Wet Premier Palette to conserve paint

Brushes / scrapers /rollers /supports:

Brushes If you have been painting for a bit, use the brushes that you have.   If you buy bristle brushes they are closer to a scrub brush stiff.  They paint well and leave their mark.  If you want a smoother glaze, a wider flat synthetic brush works well.  I like Hake but they are made from goat hair and shed some.  I would suggest a 1-2 inch glazing brush for this class and long handled round to make lines with.

Palette knives and paint pushers:

I use a five sided knife most of the time.  I like to have a couple small “traditional “ knives to mix paints on the palette, a large knife will just cause paint to spread which will not aid the mixing process.


Personally I have an assortment but biggest is 4 inches and the smallest is 1.5”.  Speedball Soft Rubber Brayer – 4’’ or something similar.  I don’t like the plastic ones but they work fine

Support or Board for paper:

Foam board or Gator board large enough to fit 22” x 30” paper, 24” x 32” is a good size.  It will last longer if you tape the board with clear shipping tape around edges to make is sturdier for future painting.


2 1/2 sheets of water color paper.  Strathmore Aquarius 80 lb is wonderful.  If you bought something else think of hot press which is smooth as if it has been ironed.

2 bulldog clips

3 canvas 12” x 16” and

1 larger canvas rectangle, 24” x 36” approximately, doesn’t have to be this big, something larger than 12” x 18” /12” x 16”


small pieces no bigger than 11” x8 .5”.  I would like for some of the collage materials to be something you have made or found, not all purchased papers.  Rice paper is a nice addition


Cotton rag for wiping your brushes. I buy the box white cotton rags from Lowes

Baby wipes:  I use for wiping brushes before putting into water.

Also can be used for cleaning up brushes and editing

Cleaning Brushes:

Brush Flush or Murphies oil soap or bar soap

Currently I am a big fan of The Masters Artist’s Hand Soap bar soap.


White plastic bags or palette paper if stacking artwork on top of another Acrylic painting


Work area is important.  Please consider dedicating a space that you are comfortable working in and you can return to during the week to explore your idea.  Here are some links that might be fun to look at for idea :

Personally I am painting now in my detached garage with ac and portable heaters.  I painted the walls white and took the ceiling out with a crowbar to not feel confined.  I am replacing fluorescents with natural bulbs.  I have 24 x 48 table that folds down that I use for painting, purchased from Lowes.  Some of them have handles to carrying them with and they fold in half after the legs go down. I have to bring water to the studio.  I bring several containers leaving one as the slop bucket, litter to solidify the paint ware so that I can throw in trash or I could take the slop water to the dump as toxic waste.  There are several ideas online about letting the paint water dry and then use as a skin or dispose of it.  I will tell you that when acrylic paint dries in a bucket it will give off a noxious smell.  So I cap mine and add the cat litter.

A kit of supplies is available for purchase online through The Art League’s website, and can be shipped for a fee, or picked up curbside.

The kit includes the underlined items.

Cost is $253.53 plus sales tax of $15.21 for a Total = $ 268.74

Please contact us at if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.