Materials for Musea Courses

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  • Canvas/Wood: Any depth of canvas is fine (musem, gallery etc). In comparison to the splined option, the cheaper "stapled" backing is more likely to bunch up and stop laying flat. Check the course list for recommended canvas size or use what you have! Premade wood panels from here
  • Easel/table/wall. For smaller paintings you can lay flat on a table. For canvases over an arm's length you will need a sturdy upright easel or you can place canvas suspended by nails/screws directly against the wall.
  • Paint. You'll need a collection of acrylic paint in a basic rainbow of colors. (ie any red, orange, yellow, green blue purple, white, brown & black.) Shiloh uses GOLDEN Fluid Acrylics but non fluid paints and brands besides Golden are workable. Review our specific Golden acrylic paint recommendations including the transparent colors needed for glazing.
  • Brushes. You’ll want an assortment, starting with a big ones like a Sash brush, a larger filbert, rounds, flats and one smaller liner brush for detail . A variety of sizes and angles are good. Be sure to get some hog hair brushes, they are stiff and perfect for the "scrubbing" method!  Start with 5 and build up to around 30 brushes by adding a few to your supply with each course.
  • Spray bottles: fine mist and large spray
  • Paint palette (or use a plate or small canvas)  
  • Also consider painting smock/clothes that you can get paint on, several jars for paint water, paper towels and also a few rags (old t-shirts rock for this)

Additional Recommendations

  • Palette Knife (medium size)  
  • Black Gesso or White Gesso to layer on the canvas or board at the beginning of your painting (surfaces can absorb extra paint and gesso is cost effective.)
  • Liquitex gloss medium  
  • Foam brushes (good for marking)
  • Drawing pencils, vine black charcoal + white chalk
  • Small container of glitter
  • Red thread and scissors
  • Candle, tea/coffee, chocolate and flowers for the Muse!

And, of course, special additions may pop up in the creative process during any class.



  • Watercolor paper size 22x30, weight 140lb.
  • Acrylic paint or watercolor paints in a rainbow of colors + black and white, a few smaller paint brushes, jar for paint water  
  • Hole punch
  • Colored sharpies or Colored pens 
  • Paper towels (or soft cotton lint free rags or old t-shirts work too)  
  • Painting smock or clothes that you can get paint on. 
  • Glitter

You can find these materials at a local arts and crafts store. Or search Amazon or

Art Journaling Supplies

You will need the following for Jenafer Joy Prompts accompanying courses such as Creating the Year, Ritual, Anthropas, Codex, Imagine. Items in paranthesis are specific recommendations.

  • Journal with thick paper (Canson XL Mix Media Pads 9×12)
  • Basic collage supplies: scissors, glue (I use an Elmer's glue stick) plus random magazines or a collage image "stash".
  • Watercolor pencils in a short rainbow of colors (Highly recommend "Inktense" from Derwent)
  • Thick Waterproof Pen (Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens “B” Brush Nib in Black) You might toss in the (White Sakura Gelly Roll Regular Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm) as well.

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