Steven Napper PSA
I'm looking forward to our upcoming workshop, I have attached a list of supplies and suppliers, if you are new to pastels you may want to partner with someone to get the first supplies and then you can determine just what materials you want for yourself.
Soft pastels ( not oil pastels)
It's important to have as many pastels as possible - the larger the selection the easier the process. The brand name is not important as the variety of the selection; I personally use Rembrandt for the majority of the work but use the darks and brilliant colors from many other brands to create a complete piece.
It's very important to find a major brand name that you can find individual sticks to replace those that are used, check with mail order suppliers and find brands that they also offer individual replacement (open stock).
Dark Specialty Set:
Nu-pastels or Faber Castell Poltchroms - the largest set you can obtain.
Rexel Derwent (England) - excellent pallet for portraitsI don't use that many pencils except when I work on portraits, but important if you're a detail freak.
Some of the brand names I personally prefer:
Pastels: Rembrandt, Unison (I like their dark sets), Sennelier (like their 80 half stick set), Girault, Winsor & Newton, Rowney, Grumbacher, Schmincke (considered to be the softest) Terry Ludwick and Art Spectrum.
So many new brands that I have yet to try!!!
PAINTING SURFACES ( GROUNDS)
Any of the following surfaces may be used; I often use the Canson paper for portraits. Plan on using at lease one sheet per workshop day, color of your choice.
· Canson Mi-Teintes any selection from any of the following colors (*) are my personal choices
429 Felt Gray * landscape
431 Steel Gray * landscape - portrait
501 Tobacco * portrait
122 Flannel Gray
448 Ivy* portrait
345 Dark Gray * portrait
SANDED SURFACES: T HIS IS MY PREFERED SURFACE
I like to use the sanded surfaces when the piece has a great deal of strong color and sharp edges
These sanded surfaces are necessary when working with washes/under painting.
Wallis sand surface * prefer the “Belgium Mist” toned paper, but I also keep plenty of white on hand
Ambersand pastel boards
Colourfix pastel sheets* Available at Hobby Lobby
UART 500 GRIT I am currently using this more than any others
Masonite, foam core (1/4 “+), commercial drawing board, any surface that you can attach your ground upon and have at least 1 inch on all sides.
Check to see if workshop has easels available
Any portable easel that can be secured to allow you to apply pressure without it moving is the best. It is also advisable to have easel that will allow top to tilt the top forward if possible. A French easel has the ability to meet both of these requirements.
I rarely use any fixative but bring if it makes you feel comfortable. I prefer the non-order Blair brand but have started using Winsor & Newton fixative and really like Sennelier Latour fixative the Lascaux is also a quality product.
SINGLE EDGE RAZOR BLADES* several
HAND CLEANING TOWLETS
CLIPS - BUTTERFLY
CHARCOAL PENCILS OR VINE
½ - 1 inch “Flat” watercolor brush
Alcohol or Mineral Sprits in Safe unbreakable container (not required)
Seamstress cuff measurer (used mainly for portrait workshops)