Merle Plagge Supply List for
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
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"
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
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.
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
Special Supplies and Notes for Acrylic
Pours and Other projects
For these workshops we will be working mostly with watercolor
paper. Heavy weight or Illustration Board will work best. In addition
bring a couple sheets of Yupo and your watercolors and other
supplies you usually bring. We will be making collage papers
again, to get a good supply for our main project this year, so bring
Art Tissue paper, or any old tissue paper (shoe box paper and gift
wrapping paper works--doesn't matter if it's wrinkled).
We will be working more with fluid acrylics as well as inks and found
In addition we will be working with the newest techniques in acrylic
pouring. For this you will need lots of cheap acrylic paint. Bring
white, and three or four other colors. I will have other paints to
"Paint Easy" - get a quart size It's available at Walmart and
costs about $15-$18.
If you have some silicone spray, bring it, but if not, don't buy any as
I have plenty. If you have any old leftover latex house paint, bring it
You'll need at least two or three painting boards to hold your paper.
Rigid insulation board works well--3/4" or 1"
thickness assures it won't warp. Old Plexiglas works well also.
--Plastic coated Freezer Paper
--Cheap plastic gloves are a must.
--Large plastic bags, thinner ones work best.
--Spray paints (in the pressurized can) any color or type.
--5 or 6 oz plastic cups.
--Good supply of Gesso
--Masonite boards any size up to 11x14" - or any larger rigid to
semi-rigid surface for
Sources of Supplies -- my
Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
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/text or e-mail me. 269-330-9808 or