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Vancouver Island School of Art

302-733 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C7 250-380-3500

Supply List - Drawing into Painting: Landscape



- Watercolours in tubes (gouache or acrylic gouache is also an option and can be used with watercolour and ink)

- Turner and Holbein are my choices for colour quality. Lukas is a reasonable brand with nice vivid colours suitable to this course's approaches

- A range of warm and cool primary colours. Reds: Alizarin Crimson (cool), Cadmium red hue (Warm) Yellows: Cadmium light hue (W), Lemon Yellow or Hansa Yellow (C) Blues: Cerulean (C) & Ultramarine (W) Raw Sienna and Payne's Grey

- Watercolour: Similar idea and a similar colour range

Acrylic medium

-Any brand, used for base coats


- Black ink specifically for fountain pens such as Parker Quink. Higgins also has a reasonable one

- Three colours of Acrylic Ink (not for Fountain pens-it will clog them!)

- F&W Liquitex and Golden all make good ones. Red. Cerulean and Ultramarine Blue or similar (so many hues will work) *with paints and inks, I prefer to shop to taste as you would buying shirts or pastries rather than focusing on theory.


- Use a variety of rounds and flat synthetic sable brushes for watercolour/gouache

- Have a large (#10 or #12) flat watercolour /gouache brush, #8 rigger, and Princeton 'Dagger" brush

- Flat 1” acrylic brush to apply acrylic medium

- Feel free to use what you already have


- Dip pens - pen holder and speedball C-5, C-6, and Hunt School Nib

- Black water-soluble felt-tipped pen

- Sharpie (fat)

- Fudenosuke pen

- Black broad posca marker


- Look for an 11"x14" or 16"x20" multi-media pad that takes watercolour and ink


- Plastic palette for mixing paint, (white plastic lids, white plates or disposable palette pad can also be used)

Other Supplies

- Drawing board (18x24”)

- 2 Bulldog clips (to hold the paper to the board - optional).

- Plastic containers to hold water (such as yogurt containers)

- Painters masking tape (removable)

- Rags (old cotton clothes) for cleaning up


Supplies can be purchased in downtown Victoria at:  Art World (860 Yates St), Island Blue (905 Fort St) or Opus (512 Herald St).


Local art supply stores have varying discount options for students. Monks and Opus offer membership programs for discounts. Check stores’ websites for details. 

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