Art as Allegory: Supplies - Jeanne Oliver

Though this looks like a long list, chances are you have much of these materials on hand already. A few key additions and you’ll be able to create so many different techniques through this course!

Plaster gauze – 2-3 rolls of 4” x 180”
Plaster of Paris
Gesso (white)
Your favorite artist brushes (A variety of sizes is nice to have on hand.)
Cardboard or foam core cut to any size you want to work on with roughly 20 pieces cut to that size (I like scrap corrugated cardboard and am working approximately 6” x 9” and 4” x 4”.)

Acrylic paints in your favorite colors (I like to also always have heavy bodied titanium white and raw umber on hand. If you have sampler cans of latex/house paint on hand, those work great too!)
Plastic spreader (or old hotel card, credit card, etc.)

Your favorite gel medium (I like Golden Regular Matte Gel or Liquitex Regular Matte Gel Medium.)
sharp scratching tool (An awl, large needle, or clay tool work great.)
Disposable cups and plastic or metal spoons for mixing plaster

Water containers
Your favorite mark-making tools (I like Sharpie paint pens, Tombow markers, black Stabilos, and black gel pens.)
Images in various sizes. (I recommend laser or toner copies in black and white as well as color though originals will work too.)
Encaustic medium, clear (1 lb. should be plenty for what we are making.)
Electric skillet for melting the encaustic medium (flat or self-contained).
Bread pan or something similar for melting encaustic medium in if you’re using a flat skillet
Encaustic brush (I like something proportional to the width of the pieces I am making so for a 6” x 9” piece, a 2-3 inch brush would be my preference. This brush will be dedicated to encaustic work only from here on out. Also, the more dense and softer the brush bristles are, the smoother your initial wax application will be.)
Rags or paper towels


Clear gesso (The only brand of clear gesso that I like is Liquitex but you can use whatever brand you prefer.)
Black gesso
Heavy watercolor paper (as an alternative to cardboard/foam core)

Carbon paper (any brand will work)

Collage material and ephemera
Drywall Mud/Joint Compound (small tubs of lightweight compound are my favorite.) Heat Gun or butane micro torch
Masking tape

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