Merle Plagge Supply List for Acrylic Ink Workshop

Following are the basic supplies you will need to purchase if you don't have them already. And other supplies you might have which may be useful. I will have plenty of special supplies like artificial spider web, Kerlix and balloons and rubber bands, etc. so I've not even listed them here. Also Yupo will be available for purchase if necessary

YUPO plan on about 3 to 5 sheets total for the three days, preferably 20x 26" medium weight.  Watercolor paper (140 or 300 lb CP or HP- we will use a couple of the watercolor sheets is desirable. Bring at least 3 failed paintings that you are ready to throw away--quarter sheet size is best. .

You will need at least two supports for the above paper. I use 1" or 3/4" pink or blue insulation board.  It's light, cheap and doesn't warp (with some reservations) Purchase at Home Depot or Lowes. You can get four boards big enough for the full sheet of water color paper from one piece of insulation board. It will cut easily with a sharp knife. Old pieces of plexiglas work well also. Wooden boards don't work as well because of the wetness with subsequent warping. Your board must be and remain flat.

Acrylic paint, watercolor paint and Inks (see discussion following.)

            There are all sorts of acrylic inks. Basically you will need a medium viscosity ink (FW, Speedball) and a very low viscosity one like Dr. Martin's Bombay India Ink or Tech Ink .(Some of the Tech Inks are not waterproof, so I prefer the India Inks.) I suggest you get at least the three primary colors in the medium viscosity ones, and black, a bright red and blue (teal or marine) in the very low viscosity ones.  
          Other acrylic paints (fluid acrylics) generally work well if diluted with water, but this  requires another bottle to hold the diluted paint. Diluting them also changes their appearance from somewhat glossy to matte appearance, but this may be a desirable change. The advantage of these is the wide color choices available. Bring any inks, fluid acrylic paints or mediums you might have.  We will use some of the fluid acrylics undiluted also.

Other supplies
Gesso, at least white, but brown and black may be useful also, if you have them--don't purchase just for this workshop.
Tube Watercolor paints
Rubber gloves -- it can get messy and the toxicity of many of these chemicals is not known.
Brushes - old w/c brushes or acrylic brushes. A 2" and 1" flat, and a small and medium round.
Old plastic containers with lids (the lids make great palettes), as water and ink containers.
Paper towels and box of tissue.
Wax paper and Glad Press'n Seal or Con-Tact clear shelf liner. Non-stick fabric applique sheet and glue gun
You may want your watercolor palette and/or tube watercolor paint.
Windex or isopropyl alcohol in spray bottle.
Water spray bottle.
Hopelessly ruined watercolor or acrylic paintings 11 x 15" or larger. Other supplies if you have them. Don't purchase just for this workshop. You can purchase these later after you are totally hooked on making this kind of art. I will have some of these special items available for use at the workshop.
    Atomizers and/or Spray bottles, plastic bottles.
    Old pieces of paper or matboard, as well as newspaper (to sop up messes).
    Masking tape, canned air, funky yarn
Sources of Supplies -- my favorites are:
    Cheap Joe's Art Stuff        800-227-2788
    Dick Blick            800-828-4548

Online ordering is easy and convenient with both. Cheap Joe's has the best price on Yupo, especially in quantity.  Dick Blick ships the fastest.  I will have some YUPO for purchase if you need an extra sheet or two. Other sources locally would be Hobby Lobby for inks. I will have some supplies for purchase. If any questions please call me or e-mail.  269-330-9808 or