Alex Hillkurtz Vacation Workshop Materials List

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This is a list of suggested materials. If you don’t have, or can’t find, anything on this list, don’t worry, we can do a lot with a minimum amount of materials. I’ve included my personal choices for each item in parenthesis, but I don’t want you to feel obligated to rush out and buy high-end materials. There are certainly less expensive options. 

Pencil - 4B, 6B 

Brushes - 

  • One Round - (I use Escoda Perla 10, Van Gogh “191” 8)
  • One Flat - (I use Raphaél “915” 18 or 12)
  • One Mop - (I use Raphaél “le 803” petit gris 8, 5 or 3, Escoda Ultimo 14) 

Ink Pen - Any ink pen with waterproof ink.

  • Sakura Pigma Micron 05, 03, or 01


  • Fountain pen with waterproof ink

(I use a Faber-Castell Guilloche fountain pen with refillable cartridges that I fill with Noodlers Polar Black ink) 

Paper - 

  • A basic sketchbook (approx 22x28cm) suitable for thumbnail sketches as well as watercolor exercises, so a slightly heavier paper that can handle washes. (I use Strathmore 400 series watercolor sketchbooks,) 
  • Sheets of 100% cotton watercolor paper, approx 30x40cm. I like Canson Héritage cold pressed and Arches. I like using paper in blocks so I don’t need to stretch or mount it on anything. But if you’d rather bring loose sheets, that’s fine as well.  

Paint - 

I use Daniel Smith and Rembrandt paints, but most brands are suitable for what we’ll be doing. I painted for many years with a student-grade set of half pans, so bring what you have and we’ll have fun! Here’s my palette:

  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Sienna (English Red if using Rembrandt paints)
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Pyrrol Scarlet
  • Quinacridone Sienna
  • Indian red
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Raw Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cobalt Yellow


Miscellaneous - 

  • Paper towel
  • Eraser
  • Water bottle
  • Water container (plastic cup)