During this retreat you will have enough time to draw a Buddha face and the complete Buddha on a lotus seat with a wonderful background. For this you will need to bring to the workshop the following materials:
- Two sheets of thick drawing paper (24’’x 28’’, approximately 135 lbs, no thinner than 100 lbs.)
- A long ruler (preferably 18” and if possible make sure it has inches and centimeters)
- HB pencil (preferably a mechanical pencil)
- A hard eraser and a soft kneadable one
- Optional but useful: a small triangular protractor
- Optional but useful: a (cardboard or plastic) tube or a large portfolio to carry the paper.
If there is time, and if you want to work on your drawing beyond normal workshop hours, you will be able to begin to color your Buddha. You can use colored pencis or paints. If you want to bring coloring supplies, please consider the following:
COLORING YOUR BUDDHA:
Within the time limit of the retreat you will not be able to color your Buddha completely, but you can make a start. If you want to work with colored pencils, bring a brand that’s good for blending; preferably Prismacolor Premier or Derwent Coloursoft. A kit with a minimum of 24 colors is suggested.
PAINTING YOUR BUDDHA:
The best paints to learn thangka painting are Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache. The items in bold are necessary; they are the basic colors for the thangka with which you can mix any other color.
14 ml tube
- Blue: Indigo (322), Cobalt Blue (178), Ultramarine, Turquoise Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Light
- Green: Winsor Green (720), Sap Green (599), Oxide of Chromium, Olive Green
- Red: Flame red (249), Perylene Maroon (507), Spectrum Red, Orange Lake Deep
- Yellow: Cadmium Yellow (108), Lemon Yellow (345), Cadmium Orange
- Brown: Yellow Ochre (744), Burnt Siena (074), Van Dyke Brown
- Black: Lamp Black (337)
37 ml tube
- White: Permanent White (512)
Acrylic paints are more advisable for advanced students.
You need to buy at least one good quality outlining brush (for ex. Winsor & Newton Finest sable -series 7 - size 00, Daler - Rowney, DaVinci, Kolinsky etc.). The other brushes can be of lesser quality, like a sable/synthetic blend, nylon etc. They can be from any brand, as long as the quality is good.
- Medium Brushes:size 1, 2, 3, 4
- Big Brushes: size 6, 8, 12
This will be a good set to begin with, later you can always buy more.
Sizes bigger than nr. 12 we don’t use very often, but please bring some if you have them at home.