Palette Knife Plein Air Supply List

Workshop Supply List

Dawn Kinney Martin 

Palette Knife and Plein air 2015

Here is a list of suggested colors. This is what I use and I strongly 

recommend a limited palette, but but you can bring what you use and feel comfortable with.

 Alizarin Crimson Pigment or 

Permanent Rose



ellow Light or Hansa Yellow 

Ultramarine Blue or Phthalo Blue or Prussia Blue

Cobalt Blue PB 28 

Titanium white   5OZ Tube  (Opaque wihte)

yellow Ochre PY 42, or Yellow Oxide (Great for Mixing)

Sap green or any warm green (mixture & great for mixing)

Dioxide Purple 

Cadmium Red or hue / an orange 

 Bring extra panels or a canvas pad for practice and quick studies. They can be 


at least 6  - 5x7 or 6x8 

In case we have a bad weather day, 

bring photos to work from.

Plan on 2 - 3 panels a day 9x12, 11 x 14, 12x12 12x16. These are my favorite sizes. I like to have a  variety. some time a long 

skin is fun to have -  6 x12  / 8 x 16 proportions.

Feel free to bring what you have. Panels work best. Canvas will give a little bit with the pressure on the knife

A portable ease

l  - I use a tripod with a 

guerrilla easel attachment. *** I have a few extras - see below.

A flat palette

to mix your paints 

A variety of palette knives  plastic or metal - I prefer metal **** see image below

Wet panel carrier.

  From the art store or it can be a pizza box and duck tape. I often  use a dish rack in the car. Just something to protect your painting on the way home.

Additional supplies

Brushes  (optional) A couple of bristle brushes sometimes come in hand for large backgrounds or blocking in color . Flat or filbert #10 round #4


cleaner. Low odor - if you are using brushes

Sketch pad

Camera or tablet for reference photos Here is a link to a nifty composition app.It's 1.99 and not perfect, but I use it all the time.


Roll of paper towels

Trash bags

3" bungie cord is nice if you have one

Bug spry and sun screen

Hat and umbrella

Dress in neutral or dark colors

End of supply list - helpful tips

*** I have a few extra plein air easels if you need one let me know right away and I'll hold one for you. I rent these for $ 10 for the workshop and use that to go towards new easels.

Please let me know if you need help purchasing an easel.

*All have the same code PY35. Make sure to open the tube on Cad yellow light, Lemon and some times Cad Yellow Medium and check to see it doesn't have an orange tint. Same name and pigment code Cad Yellow - but some are neutral and some have too much red. Cad Lemon should be the coolest. You can always add red, but you can’t take it out**

**Where do you find the pigment codes and what does it tell me?  

Manufacturers are free to give their art supply colors whatever name they deem appropriate. Different manufacturers give different names to the same color, even if the same  pigments are used. Therefore, names may vary from one brand to another. I tend to buy single pigments except for color that I mix all the time. If love a mixture that I don’t want to buy, often the codes on the back will tell me how to mix it myself. Also, I like working with a lot of transparent colors. You can always add a touch of white to make them opaque.

Alizarin Crimson PR: 83 (single pigment)

PR: 83 – The first letter Identifies whether a pigment or a dye is used. Here the P indicates that a pigment is used.

PR: 83 – The second letter identifies the pigment code. Here, the pigment code stands for red.

PR: 83 – The number indicates the specific pigment number.

Sap Green PG7, PY75, PBk9 (mixture of three pigments)

**** A good selection  palette knives to start with.