Spring 2018 

Below you will find lists of the supplies you will need to bring to each specified class.

Members receive a discount at the following stores

State of the Art Supplies - 84 King Street North Waterloo, ON - 519 725 8585

The Artstore  - 91 Caroline Street South Waterloo, Ontario N2L 1X4 - 519 744 1103

Currys- 400-2 The Boardwalk at Ira Needles Boulevard Waterloo, Ontario  N2T 0A6 - 519 650 2220


w/ Elisa Franceshini

  • Graphite Pencils (HB-1B-2B-3B)
  • White Eraser (Staedtler suggested)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Drawing Paper A3 format grit paper 200g m2

w/ Karen Fletcher

  • 3B, HB, 3H Pencils

  • Steadtler Mars Lumograph Pencils $1.99 each

  • Box Charcoal Coates Willow Charcoal, 6 Medium Sticks $2.19

  • 2 Fine Black Markers

  • Steadtler Triplus Fineliner  $1.79 each

  • Kneaded Eraser and Vinyl Eraser

  • Prang Large Kneaded Eraser $1.89

  • Steadtler Mars Plastic Eraser $1.49

  • Pencil sharpener with receptacle

  • Steadtler Mars Lumograph Sharpener $3.69

  • Cartridge Paper Pad: 18x24/40 sheets Cartridge paper pad with cover $3.49

  • Chalk Pastel Set

  • Munguo Half-stick Square Set of 24  $5.95

  • Pastel Paper

  • Canson Mi-Teintes Paper 19”x25’, Black $2.69

w/ Fabio Gasbarri

  • Charcoal
  • Pencils
  • Graphite stick
  • A pad of good quality drawing paper (no smaller than 10"x11")


w/ Nancy Peng

  • Watercolour Paints

Start by using brand name “academic” or “student” grade watercolours until you can commit your resources to buying “artist grade paints. Pre-packaged sets may be more economical. Try DaVinci, Cotman, Windsor Newton brands. Artists have their favourite brands and colours and for the most part it is a matter of preference. If you already have watercolour paints, bring them and try them out You can always add to your supplies later.

Using a limited palette of transparent primary coloured paints, you can mix and glaze (layer) to come up with a wide range of colours. You do not need to buy white and black.

Cobalt Blue
Aureolin Yellow
Alizaren Crimson
Rose Madder or Permanent
Ultramarine Blue

You may wish to add the following colours to your palette

Raw sienna, Pthalo blue, Windsor (Pthalo) Green, Viridian Green, Burnt sienna

  • Watercolour Brushes

1/2 “, 1” flat synthetic brushesSize 4, 8, 12 round nylon or sable mixOther brushes to add: Rigger brush for fine lines, fan brush, wash brush for large areas

  • Paper

140 pound cold pressed natural coloured water colour paper, Arches or Windsor Newton recommended. The high rag content will tolerate scrubbing and washing. Purchase full sheets and cuts as required. For the lessons you will need 1/8 and 1/4 sheet paper. You can buy packages of 5 sheets at Currys. A see edge ruler comes in handy for cutting sheets.

  • Palette

You need something to mix your paints on. A white plastic plate will work but you will need to wash your paints off after each use. You can buy a round or rectangle palette with lid to transport and reuse your paints. Avoid coloured, paper or Styrofoam plates.

  • Backboard

A hard surface waterproof board to place your paper on when painting. This will be propped up on an angle. A 16”x20” corrugated plastic core sign board is light weight and reasonably priced. A plain white colour is best.

  • Miscellaneous

Bring 2 old margarine tubs or containers to hold clean water for painting at your table. Tissues, paper towels and rags can be used as tools for removing paint or drying brushes.

Masking tape, water spray bottle, old toothbrush, cut credit cards, palette knife

Bring some photos or magazines pictures for inspiration. A sketch pad and pencil will be useful for planning your painting and taking notes. You are welcome to bring a camera to take photos of your progress.

w/ Lee Angold

Basic Materials

  • Hot Press Watercolour Paper, several pieces or a pad/block,  minimum 8x10  size.
  • Small selection of  artist grade watercolour paints in bright, transparent colours
  • Pointed round watercolour brushes (size 0, 4 and larger mop brush)
  • A basic white ceramic dish for mixing  (I got mine at the thrift store)
  • Pencils for light sketching (I use a 4H pencil or mechanical pencil, whatever you have is fine)

If you already have paper/paints/brushes, don’t rush out to get more, bring whatever you have to the first class and we can discuss if there’s anything you might want to add or replace.

Extra Details:


Hot Press paper is smoother than the more common cold-press paper, which makes it more suitable for painting fine detail. I recommend 140 lb paper, preferably 100% cotton.  Paper may be purchased in a pad, block or loose sheets.


For botanical painting, you will want absorbent watercolour brushes that are soft yet hold a sharp point.  The more absorbent and pointier, the better.

Local art supply stores offer a range of options.  Princeton Snap! brushes are a decent budget option available at Curry’s.   They are moderately absorbent and have a good point out of the box.  Better brushes are made with natural animal hair or high-tech synthetic imitations. 

The best brushes are made with kolinsky sable hair (Winsor Newton Series 7, Escoda Kolinsky-Tajmyr, Rosemary Brushes, etc) .  Kolinsky brushes are ferociously expensive, but are extremely absorbent and hold a fine point for many years of regular use.


All you really need to paint any subject is small selection of artist-grade watercolour paints in bright, transparent colours (4-6 paints is enough to get you started).  A couple of earth tones and dark muted colours can simplify mixing, but are not necessary.  I use paints from a range of different brands (Daniel Smith, M. Graham, Winsor Newton, QOR, Da Vinci, etc)  - brand is not important. 

However, botanical painting relies heavily on mixing and layering paints.  For the best results, I strongly recommend investing in a few tubes of artist grade paint rather than student-grade paints such as Cotman, which do not offer the same saturation or layering abilities. 

I will be using the following colours in my demonstrations

Transparent Bright Colours:

  • Transparent Yellow /Nickel Azo Yellow (PY150)
  • Transparent Pyrrole Orange (PO71)
  • Quinacridone Rose / Permanent Rose (PV19)
  • French Ultramarine (PB29)
  • Phthalo(Winsor) Blue Green Shade (PB15:3)

Optional Earthy and Dark Colours

  • Burnt Sienna (PBr7 or PR101) 
  • Perylene Green (PBk31)

Watercolour Tips & Tricks
w/ Gail Ivanco

  • 2 sheets of Arches 140 lb. Cold pressed paper, torn into 4 pieces, or desired size, or Strathmore Watercolor paper, cold press, 140 lb, better quality (yellow cover pad.)
  • Mounting board
  • Masking tape
  • Water container
  • Palette (can be a glass or ceramic plate)
  • Xacto knife
  • Masking fluid
  • Paints: bring whatever paints you like to use, but please have artist quality.
  • Please include: Alizarin crimson (red rose deep) French ultramarine, Cerulean blue, yellow ochre, Hansa yellow ( Windsor yellow) Burnt Sienna, Payne’s Grey
  • Brushes: 1 inch flat, #12 round, #4 round, rigger, other brushes that you like to use.
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Natural cosmetic sponge

w/ Connie Melnik

  • Titanium White (200ml)
  • French Ultramarine Blue (37ml)
  • Cadmium Yellow (37ml)
  • Cadmium Red (37ml)
  • Canvas: (may purchase from the dollar store)
  • 8"x10"
  • 3/4" flat
  • no. 8 round
  • no. 8 filbert


  • rags
  • small bottle (baby food size)
  • All turpentine will be supplied

w/ Katie Wilde

Materials (short version) 

Please bring a decent sized sketchbook, mix of hard and soft pencils, at least 10 sheets of canvas paper or watercolour paper of min 8.5x11 size, as well as a mix of large and fine point brushes, and assorted paints (glazing mediums recommended but optional). Paints may be oil or acrylic and colours should include at minimum a true magenta, cyan, yellow, black and white. 


Materials (long version)

MATERIALS: Pencils (mix of hard and soft), kneaded and gum erasers, medium to large sketchbook, acrylic or oil paint. Fine tipped wet erase marker. At least ten sheets of min 8.5"x11" canvas paper or watercolour paper. Rags and an assortment of brushes, including #0 or smaller detail round, 3/4" wash, #2 flat, #4-6 round. Glazing medium (if acrylic), linseed oil (if oil). 


OPTIONAL: stretched canvas, board, or any surface you would like to paint on. Optional brushes: 10/0 spotter, any rigger, #2 angular flat, #8 round, 1" or larger wash. 


Recommended colours: At minimum a true magenta, cyan, yellow, black and white. A useful range of pigments may include alizarin crimson, magenta (quinacridone magenta or permanent rose), cadmium red light or vermilion, dioxazine violet, pthalo blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, prussian blue, pthalo green, sap green, permanent green, viridian, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow medium, yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt sienna, black, titanium white.

Materials are provided by Button Factory Arts for:

  • All Youth classes 
  • Family Saturdays
  • All Creative Workshops 55+
  • All Printmaking Classes
  • Mixed Media Workshops (unless otherwise noted)