Supplies for My Classes

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Cathy's Curated List of Supplies (with classes):


Joy of PaintingWhile you can use any paints in your collection for most of the classes, the following 9 colors will enable you to make ANY color, and I'll use them to teach you amazing COLOR theory (mix and match any brands). Here are links to affordable versions of each color below - note, you can reduce the cost by selecting a smaller size if preferred. OR scroll down to my BargainTip to get an affordable set!

  1. Cadmium Red Light
  2. Alizarin Crimson
  3. Phthalo Blue
  4. Ultramarine Blue
  5. Cadmium Yellow Deep
  6. Cadmium Yellow Light
  7. Burnt Umber
  8. Paynes Gray
  9. Titanium White

*BARGAIN TIP*:  A great, versatile PAINT SET that has all of these colors aside from Paynes Gray (and makes a fabulous holiday gift) is the LIQUITEX BASICS 36 set. If you get this one, you'll have lots of extra fun colors plus the mixing basics for color theory. You'll just need to add Paynes Gray. This makes it a great bargain!!!

Acrylic Gel Medium - I love Golden brand, but use anything that helps you glue down your collage pieces. Other brands work as well if they are more affordable or on sale.

Gelli Plate - This is one of my favorite tools as a mixed media artist and the little 3x5 plate perfect for color swatches AND for creating oracle deck papers for that class.

Painting Modern Expressive Flowers:

Golden Heavy Body Modern Color Mixing Set of 8. You can also buy these colors separately and mix and match from what you have in your current paint supply bin.  

Create Your Own Oracle Deck:

Any acrylic paints you have are fine. Use what you have in your art bin, but you may need more Wood blanks:

You have received 25 of these beauties in your kit, but you can also get more wood blanks from me here if you run out!


Other supplies that I love & use regularly in my work and classes:

Paint Pens:

Uni-Posca extra fine point paint pens work well on small surfaces - you can buy these as singles, too, to try them out. Micron black pens in .25 are another of my go-tos for details.

Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll Pens -- I adore this set, and they are currently on sale through Amazon. The moonlight pens show up beautifully on dark colors. 

If you like adding glitter to your work (not everyone does, but it can be fun!), the Sakura Stardust Collection is also wonderful.

White gel pens & Black gel pens . These are my go-to pens for detail work. You can buy them in 3-packs on Amazon or as singles in Michael's & most local art stores. (If you follow the link for the white pens, it also allows you to buy the black ones as an option).

Water-Soluble Crayons:

Gelatos: I call these "paint lipsticks," and they are a lot of fun for mark-making!

Caran-D'ache Crayon in White: I love having one of these cream water-soluble crayons handy. They really help with backgrounds!

Paint Brushes: 

You can use any brushes that you have on hand, but here are 3 different brushes that I use regularly:

  1. I recommend a small detail brush, and this small Princeton one is very affordable. Princeton is my favorite brand for acrylic brushes.   
  2. I also use a flat 1/4" shader also by Princeton. It is nice and stiff so that you can use the edge as well as the tip (be sure to select the flat shader from the options, not the angle). 
  3. And this 1" flat wash brush is also very handy for 'large' spaces on your 3x5 inch boards.

Water Spray Bottle

You can use any water sprayer you have in the house - but if you need one for the studio, this Holbein sprayer for watercolorists is affordable and a nice size. I  use mine for watercolor effects and backgrounds.

Other Supplies I use in Create Your Own Oracle Deck & in general:

Gelli Plate:

Gelli plates come in a wide variety of sizes (and even shapes). I use this 6x6 inch gelli plate, but any other size is fine, too.


I use this Speedball 4" rubber brayer. It pops in and out for easy cleaning, and is the perfect size.

Paper supplies:

Newsprint pad for free painting & collage fodder

"Spark Journal" for Joy of Painting - I love the paper quality and spread!

Tracing paper - tracing paper is great for image transfers. A small pad will go far because we are working on such small canvases.

Gray Toned Paper - This paper looks fantastic with monoprint transfers.

Glue Stick (or any kind of adhesive like acrylic gel medium or glue) these UHUs are my favorites because they don't dry out.