Recommended Materials

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.

This material list we are going to mark everything with: (REQUIRED) – when you see this next to something, that means it is a fundamental requirement whereas (USEFUL) just means it may be very useful or (EXTRA) that is a luxury item that can be replaced with something else covered by (REQUIRED).

Our main study will be on a canvas or board around the dimensions of 60x75cm (23.6×29.5in) minimum.

You can give or take a few inches here or there in the size.

This main study will be later in the course so don’t worry for now. To begin with pick up small practice canvas. Our first study pieces will be A4-A3 sized. Please acquire half a dozen canvas or panels for various experiments along the way.


X3 a4 sized canvas (don’t need to be premium quality, average will do)
Raw or burnt umber acrylic paint. And a corresponding raw or burnt umber oil paint
Titanium white oil paint
Mars or ivory black oil paint (mars prefered)
Some cold pressed linseed oil or liquin with turpentine
Some brushes (see below).

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)
  • 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
  • Sandblasted glass slab or marble slab (A4 size)

Ingredients for Egg Tempera/Tempera Grassa & Painting Medium

These ingredients will see us through the course and their use and preperation explained along the way. However please note, if you just need to begin simple and learn simple fundamental painting methods, or you are in a geographic area impossible to aquire these materials, read above ^ ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS FOR FIRST FEW WEEKS OF COURSE.

Stand Oil (REQUIRED)

Gum Turpentine (REQUIRED)

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.


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.

Titanium Dioxide Pigment 100g (REQUIRED)

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) (USEFUL AND REQUIRED)

Venetian Red 50ml (USEFUL AND REQUIRED)

Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide 50ml (USEFUL)

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

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

Alizarin Crimson (REQUIRED)

Natural Black Oxide 50ml (sometimes called mars black) (REQUIRED)

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

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. It is NOT ESSENTIAL to buy from here but if you wish to make a longer term investment in the highest quality materials, this can be useful.


You will also need your own brushes.

A ‘very small’ and a small liner brush (sometimes called rigger) (REQUIRED)

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) (REQUIRED)

Sable or synthetic sable rounds

A small and medium flat glazing brushes (REQUIRED) – recommended, green handled ‘Da Vinci’ student range are great brushes and great value for money.

Flat glazing brushes