Fall 2017 

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/ Cathy Pascoe

  • HB graphite pencil, White vinyl eraser and/ or other types of pencil erasers.
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Bristol Vellum 300 (or higher) Sketch Paper cut in 4" x 6" pieces
  • Crayola Coloured Pencils (You will need 1 set of 60 Crayola Pencils PLUS 1 set of 8 or 12 Crayola pencils.) 

w/ Jose Sandoval

  • 4 2B graphite pencils (brand doesn't matter)
  • 1 pencil sharpener or any tool to keep pencils sharp
  • 1 kneaded eraser (I recommend the grey Staedtler kind, as it's not as oily as other brands)
  • 1 white charcoal pencil or white pastel (I recommend General's Charcoal White: $1.50 at Curry's) 
  • 1 pad of kraft paper (around $5.00/pad; A2 size or 18"x24"); the darker colour is better; no newsprint pad (too waxy)
  • A few sheets of white paper (a drawing pad is fine; larger sizes are better)
  • 2 large bulldog clips 

17-302 & 17-303
w/ Elisa Franceshini

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

17-304 & 17-305
w/ Michele Braniff

  • This is not so much a “supply list” as a love story. The most important thing about art supplies is that they should be comfortable and enjoyable to use and leave satisfactory marks. Art supplies are a matter of personal preference. For the first class(or workshop) make sure you bring a sketchbook that you enjoy (or at least some paper) and a marker, ballpoint, dip-pen or fountain pen. I will bring some of my favourites that may inspire a shopping trip to a nearby art store.....

    Sketchbook • In a size that works for carrying around and matches likely compositions • Watercolour requires a heavier or more robust quality of paper than ink • Paper should be of sufficient quality that the marks on the page are beautiful but not be intimidating (you can always begin at the 3rd page to avoid “page paralysis”).   Some of my favourites: • Ogami (PhP) or Terraskin (C) (these are made from crushed stone & resin, can hold puddles of water but do not absorb; an interesting effect for water colour; even a ballpoint pen looks rich ) • Moleskin (especially the Japanese-folded book) • Leuchtturm (PhP) • handbook journal co. By Global Art Materials (PhP) • Stonehenge .  On the first class, I will demonstrate how to make your own Japanese folded sketchbook out of sheets of paper, mylar or Terraskin.

    Pens  If you intend to apply water or use watercolours, pay attention to whether the ink is water soluble (interesting effect with water soluble inks to add water – demo on Day 1) -Sharpies are not water soluble BUT also not archival quality. (widely available, even at the Surplus stores) -Faber-Castell PITT artist pen – (XS, S, F and SB – extra small, small, fine and small brush) – these are India ink (archival and water proof)  TAS & SAS.  RapidoCraft ( makes fine precision pens which use a water proof archival ink; good on smooth papers and crushed stone and mylar but will clog on water colour or textured papers.  Carbon ink is water proof & archival but tough on fountain pens.

    Water Colour -Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolours ($15 for a pad of paper loaded with colour) (C but you have to ask) -Derwent makes an Inktense block which I use both in sketches and with acrylics in my multimedia paintings; Derwent also makes water colour blocks and pencil crayons (C and I think also SAS, TAS)

    Where to Buy:  Waterloo: K/W: State of the Art Supplies (SAS), The Art Store (TAS), Curries (C).   In Cambridge:  Phidon Pens (PhP)  carries pens, sketchbooks ;  Jet Pens sells on-line.



w/ Connie Melnik

Oil Paints:

  • Titanium White (200ml)

  • French Ultramarine Blue (37ml)

  • Cadmium Yellow (37ml)

  • Vermillion 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/ 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/ 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
  • Tissue and paper towels
  • Small spray bottle

w/ Desiree Lichty

Paint- Quinacridone Magenta, Phalo Blue, Cadmium yellow light (hansa yellow), White- Student grade paint or higher

Brushes- Filbert, 2 Round, Flat, Angle - all size ten or larger! the second round brush size 8 or smaller! For Image of brush types Click Here

Pad of canvas paper, or dollar store canvas or gessoed wood board ( anything very inexpensive to practice on)

Pallet knife- Flat/mixing knife stainless steel or plastic is fine. 

note book for note taking, pencil and easer (2b pencil is fine) or charcoal if desired, sketch pad 

We will need canvas and possibly mediums but this will be discussed and decided in class! The above materials is what is required for the first two classes!

Materials are provided by Button Factory Arts for:

  • All Youth classes 
  • Family Saturdays
  • All Creative Workshops 55+
  • All Printmaking classes
  • Special Interest Workshops (unless otherwise noted)