Supplies can be bought locally

at Jerry’s Artarama. This wholesale art supplies store is located on Main Street in Norwalk-very well stocked and convenient.

Dick Blick is also a good online source for deals on arts supplies. Link:

More on supplies.

Bring what you have to the first class and don’t worry.

In Color Confidence painting class please bring the supplies in the medium you are comfortable with. This is a class that emphasizes color and is open to all media. I have students currently exploring oils, acrylics, and gouache.


If you are working with acrylics, this is a simple list to follow: supplies_acrylics_lorilohstoeter


Here is a really basic set; you don’t need much to get painting! I would buy paints in tubes. The 2 oz tubes should do you. Maybe get the Titanium white in 4oz.
Liquitex and Goldens are the best brands: be sure to buy the professional series not the student series. Bottom line is, buy what you can afford: buy less but in higher quality.

IMPORTANT-Ask for assistance. Buy professional grade paints-not student brand whenever possible. The higher the series #, the better the quality.

These few colors will work for you. Primaries (red, yellow and blue)

  • Phthalo Blue (red shade)
  • Cadmium red medium or a good warm medium red
  • Cadmium Yellow medium or a good warm medium yellow
  • You can make black from the primaries (red/2 parts, blue/3 parts, yellow/1 parts)
  • Titanium White-any brand works here (do not buy transparent white)
  • A small to medium bottle of extender or retardant: this keeps acrylics workable for bit longer. Extends drying time of paint
  • A small bottle of matte or gloss medium-makes paint more “buttery” (do not buy Michael’s brand with “fluid” on the label-Too Too thin)
  • Match the two mediums-gloss and gloss or matte and matte (it is your preference-do you like a dull finish on your piece or a glossy finish to your painting)

Acrylic Brushes-starter set
Nylon or bristle fiber-this is the question. If you are detail and refined in your approach, I think nylon fiber might work well for you. If you load up a lot of paint and work expressively, I would recommend a bristle brush type for you.
Larger brushes are best for expressive, bold marks on larger canvases. Small brushes can cause you to get fussy sometimes but are needed for fine detail-smaller canvases. Try a 3-6 brush variety (round tipped and flat /square tip) synthetic fibers and bristle fibers (I use both synthetic and bristle for different reasons and will share with you my thoughts on this )
A simple brush list would be: small medium and large with different styles: flat, round and filberts

A Mixing palette-One of these can be used:

  • My fav. by far! A tempered piece of glass; taped to white or gray paper attached to the bottom-tape the edges together
  • Palette paper tablet-store bought; it comes in a tablet/sheets of disposable wax-like papers
  • A store bought portable plastic palette

A roll of Bounty paper towels-THE BEST paper towel for painting purposes; it holds together well when wiping and cleaning

Small spray bottle/plastic, for spritzing over your palette of paints

A glass pane scraper (if your palette is glass). The kind with a flat blade up front, so you can allow your paints to dry then remove the dried paint from your glass palette.

Metal Palette knife-small if you work small, med. or large if you work big. I am not a fan of plastic palette knives.

Water container-large flat-bottomed coffee can is good. I use a small bucket and load everything into that bucket when I travel from class to class. Small containers have a habit of tipping over.

An extra tall can for holding your brushes.

A sketching pencil. I would use a soft graphite lead such as 4B. But a yellow math pencil is fine.

Painting substrate
I like a product called gesso-board (panelboard), as they are frameless and ready to hang when your masterpiece is finished. I like the deeper set ones with a wide edge. I then paint that edge the color of my room walls or a pleasing color from within the work itself. No fussy display approach and the art really shines. I’ve taken to the super smooth surface and love to smear paint and squeegee across the surface with a credit card.

But, you can also use a canvas board; these are smooth too and are a lot less expensive (brands include De’Vinci and gesso board. Use what you have: illustration board, canvas, canvas boards. Keep in mind some of the techniques I demo work best on a smooth surface. Keep the substrate smallish at around 20” max. If you are thinking of working in a series, try using the same size boards for your work. Buy a couple of substrates, see if you like them and return for more or try something new.

Studies on inexpensive substrates: You can be really be frugal and prime cardboard with white or gray acrylic house paint.

Smooth substrate-apply Golden’s GAC-100 (blocks acids), plus 2-3 coats of gesso over masonite board. Sand in between with fine grit sand paper.

More Paints
Let’s face it, you can really go to town with paint colors; they are so seductive. But you can and should learn to mix most of these colors using just a small list of paints. Color Theory and mixing colors is a large part of my class. I guess what I am saying is don’t spend too much money on extra fancy paints. Let’s learn to mix them in class.
Expanded options in acrylics would include: medium orange, Alizarin Crimson (darker blood-red hue), Deep Magenta, Cobalt Blue, Raw Umber, Turquoise Green
Oils: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cad. red medium, cad. red medium yellow, alizarin crimson, titanium white, flake white, plus stand oil medium, bristle brushes and turpenoid

Look on the blog page called Links for more information on all kinds of art topics; this includes some fascinating clips on materials. Please contact me directly if you have questions re: materials. Lori