Required Materials – 2020 Spring Seminar


Recommended Materials
Amanda Sage

Students need to bring:

  • Oil paints (see recommended list below or use my paint for a $25 fee)
  • Acrylics (see list below or use mine for extra fee)
  • Sketchbook for taking notes and sketching
  • 2 Small stainless steel container/cups or small jars with lids for medium & solvant.

  • Palette for oil paint and or palette paper
  • Palette knife:
  • Brushes ((see recommendations below)

MATERIAL provided:

  • 1x Panel for main piece (30x40cm approx)
  • 1x canvas panel for practice piece (30x40cm approx)
  • Easel
  • Mal sticks (Painting Sticks)
  • Mirror for Self Portrait
  • A3 sheet of Watercolor paper for Portrait
  • Sketching Paper A-1
  • Black Vine Charcoal
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Tracing Paper
  • Titanium White Casein
  • Glazing Brushes
  • Linseed Oil 
  • Painting Medium
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Soap for cleaning brushes
  • Rags

Either bring your own or buy from Amanda:

  • Black Charcoal Pencil and White Charcoal Pencil ($1.50 each)
  • Paintbrushes (assorted recommend sizes from Princeton (see links below)


I recommend investing in the best oil paint you can find.
Williamsburg or Old Holland are top of the line, though they are quite expensive, they are worth every bit.  If you do not have any oil paint yet and want to wait to buy you can use my paint for an additional fee of $25. If you only bring a minimal palette and you need some extra colors along the way you can use mine for a nominal fee.

Minimal palette:

  • Titanium White
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw Umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow light
  • Cerulean Blue (Hue) or Mangaan Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue

 My more extended palette and companies:

(OH=Old Holland) (WB=Williamsburg) (WN=Windsor Newton) (BX=Blockx)

  • Titanium White (OH)
  • Brilliant Yellow Light (WB)
  • Naples Yellow light (OH)
  • Yellow Ochre (WB)
  • Raw Sienna (OH)
  • Baroque Red (OH))
  • Burnt Umber (OH
  • Raw Umber (WB
  • Ivory Black (WB)
  • Paynes Grey (WB)
  • Dioxin Purple (OH)
  • Manganese Violet (WB)
  • Persian Rose (WB)
  • Magenta (WN)
  • Cobalt Violet (WB)
  • Cadmium Red (WN)
  • Indian Yellow (WB)
  • Cobalt Yellow (OH)
  • Lemon Yellow (WN)
  • Chrome Oxide Green (WB)
  • Schevenings Green
  • Mangaan Blue (BX)
  • Cobalt Blue (OH)
  • Ultramarin Blue (OH)
  • Prussian Blue (WN)


This will be used mainly for our practice panels and you won’t need a lot of paint.

I recommend Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints as the best out there and they have 1oz small tubes, which are great to begin. If you don’t want to invest now in them you can use mine for a nominal fee. Otherwise bring what you have.

  • Titanium White
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Red Oxide
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Naphthol Red Light
  • Alizarin Red
  • Magenta
  • Dioxin Purple
  • Ivory Black
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Manganese Blue
  • Phthalo Green
  • Hansa Yellow


  • Bring a variety of soft synthetic brushes, filberts & rounds ranging from a 4 – 14 in filberts, 2-4 in rounds and a few flats.
  • Good to have 2 glazing brushes. Also recommended to have at least 2 of each of the medium & smaller range of brushes.
  • Also best to have brushes for oil and brushes for acrylic, though no need to have all if you are on a budget.
  • You will not need many brushes for acrylic, a small assortment will be fine.
  • The best brushes for learning my methods are soft & synthetic.
  • Do not bring hog hair, corse bristled brushes for the mischtechnik – they will be useless.
  • I prefer to work primarily with filberts for rendering, nice pointy rounds for crosshatching and line work, and larger soft flat brushes for glazing


  • Only filberts and maybe some flats from this company:

  • A bit cheaper but also great are these Snap Princeton brushes ok for oil and acrylic, I will have some of these for purchase:
  • I recommend getting at least 2x 4 filbert / 2x 8 filbert / 2x 12 filbert and 2x 2 round / 2x 4 round

  • These are the best rounds: (not cheap – but worth it)

  • Best Glazing Brushes for oil:
    I recommend 40 and 60 in short handle

  • also ok:

  • cheapest version ok for acrylic – won’t last long for oil: