Recommended Materials

The techniques taught on the workshop depend on the very specific interaction of tools with materials that have been worked with over time and are understood and predictable in their behaviour and properties.

Please ensure you read ‘An Overview of our Study‘ to understand how the recommended materials relate to what we will be doing.

Artists fall in love with the possibilities of their materials and so the complete range of materials that are useful or fun or possible to experiment with in mischtechnik and tempera grassa are frankly quite broad. So for this material list we are going to mark everything with: (AAA) – when you see this next to something, that means it is a fundamental requirement whereas (BBB) just means it may be very useful or (CCC) that is a luxury item that can be replaced with something else covered by (AAA).

Our main study will be on a canvas or board 60x75cm (23.6×29.5in) minimum (larger for more advanced painters).

Please wait for the first presentation before investing in a ground as we will discuss in depth the options.

Our auxiliary study pieces will be A4-A3 sized. Please acquire half a dozen canvas or panels for various experiments along the way.

Studio Essentials

  • Toned (grey or beige) sketchpad
  • Half dozen cheap canvas/panel for experiments
  • Many small jars
  • palette (not covered in paint, fresh and clean)
  • HB pencil
  • Vine Charcoal sticks
  • Erazer/Putty rubber
  • Tracing Paper
  • White chalk
  • Masking tape (low tack)
  • Brush soap
  • India ink (Sennelier)
  • Long Ruler
  • Palette knives
  • Sponges
  • Compass if planning geometric aspects to composition


  • Sanguine and raw umber soft pencils
  • Walnut ink (Shellac based – Sennelier)
  • Grey toned disposable palette
  • pippettes
  • glass muller

Dry Pigment (for Egg Tempera)

Titanium Dioxide Pigment 100g (AAA)

Ingredients for Egg Tempera & Painting Medium

These ingredients will see us through the introductory class and their use and preperation explained along the way.

Stand Oil (AAA)

Gum Turpentine (AAA)

If you do not buy Rublev Gum Turpentine that is fine, just ensure you buy GENUINE gum turpentine and not ‘distilled’ or ‘rectified’ terpentine, they are much stronger solvents.

Dammar (AAA)

Alternatives – you can buy store dammar, or you can buy mastic or canada balsalm resins instead of dammar. Dammar is the most commonly used oleo-resin (tree resin) in painting but we will explore in the first class the options and alternatives.

Oil Paint

Rublev/Natural Pigments have become my favourite paint makers. However they are appealing to the most particular and discerning customers who’s obsession with quality causes them to turn their nose up at brands that are very good – such as Old Holland, Williamsberg, Michael Harding, Langridge, Mussini. For someone new to painting, there is nothing about Winsor & Newton that will hold you back, though avoid ‘Winton’ as this is really going a little too far into the budget/bargain dimension.

Mixing White 50ml (or beginners just buy titanium white)

Venetian Red 50ml

Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide 50ml

Chrome Yellow Primrose 50ml (beginners buy Cad Yellow or Cobalt Yellow)

Ultramarine Blue (Red Shade) 50ml (beginners buy any Ultramarine blue from a good brand)

Alizarin Crimson

Natural Black Oxide 50ml (sometimes called mars black)

Cyprus Raw Umber Dark 50ml (don’t worry if the raw umber you are buying is not from Cyprus)

Natural Pigments
Pre-filled Shopping Basket

(You can edit the shopping basket to remove items you already have or add more items from their store that you want)

This contains the recommended paints, dry pigment and mediums needed for the Introduction to Mischtechnik Course.


You will also need your own brushes.
A ‘very small’ and a small liner brush (sometimes called rigger)

liner or rigger brushes

Anything between 0 – 4 (small and medium) filbert (sometimes called cat tongue) – (can be synthetic or sable based on budget)

Filbert or cat-tongue brushes

Medium and med-large round brush (can be synthetic or sable based on budget)

Sable or synthetic sable rounds

A small and medium flat glazing brushes

Flat glazing brushes